Creators of felted items since 2003, we’ve gathered some tips which will allow you to profit from our creations in total serenity.
Delphine, ambassador in our Paris boutique and expert of the material, delivers to you her secrets and best practices to adopt so you can take care of your felt by using natural products.
The essentials for taking care of felt
We advise you to vacuum your rug regularly, taking care to remove the brush.
When the rug is new, you have to vacuum it up more often during the first three or four weeks in order to eliminate the excess wool related to its manufacture.
From time to time, you can also vacuum any other felt object, if you feel it is necessary.
In the case of frequent passage or friction, small bales of wool may form. Remove them by gently pulling them aside (never from bottom to top!). For the more resistant, use a pair of scissors and trim at the base..
To revive the colours or remove dirt on the surface, use white vinegar by applying it with a sprayer and a damp sponge.
It is also a good way to keep moths away even if felt is not their priority!
To remodel a felt object or remove the folds, for example on receipt of your order, and restore it to its original shape, use the steam of an iron or a steamer to release the fibers. The felt does not fear the heat of the steam, you will not damage it.
Specific care for felt
To clean a simple stain on felt, Marseille soap and black soap are the perfect products to use. Shampoo the stained surface with the soap and then rinse with plenty of water. Remove excess water by simply pressing, do not wring out by twisting the product.
This method also allows the wool to be felted again when it is too much pilling because of the different passages and friction on the material.
If a liquid is accidentally spilled on the felt, immediately mop with a cloth. If there are any remaining marks, use the above method, but felt is a water repellent, so you have a good chance of avoiding this step!!
For a sticky spot such as a candle, modelling clay or other material on felted wool, place a paper towel or blotting paper on the spot, then heat with an iron to gather the substance. In case of resistance to stain, rub with a cloth soaked in vinegar water.
In the case of a grease stain, the crushed chalk, when mixed with water, absorbs grease stains on rugs or other felt surfaces with great efficiency.
If you spill tea on felt, especially if it is clear..., use a mixture with half a lemon and bicarbonate that you pour on a cloth to clean.
Ultimate care for felt
For the toughest stains, such as coffee, sugary drinks, egg yolk or fat stains... Absorb as much liquid as possible before using China clay.
It is necessary to intervene quickly on the stain by sprinkling widely, then let it react for 2 or 3 hours before gently rubbing the wool with a sponge (not a brush!).
The trick for older stains is to heat it with a hair dryer before dusting with China clay.
Once done, and if necessary, clean with Marseille soap or black soap as previously indicated, after vacuuming your rug.
Finally, if your favorite cat or pet has relieved itself on your felt rug, sparkling water, especially Perrier, which is the most gasified water, can fight off the stain and smell.
You have to allow it to react until the gas brings the stain to the surface. The older the stain is, the longer you will have to allow it to react.
Finally, sponge and shampoo with Marseille soap or black soap if needed.
This is also a good remedy for removing coloured stains.