THE MAGIC OF DROP CLOTHS
Your really going to love this article. There's so many ideas here with how to actually make them that you might start feeling a little overwhelmed. There's ideas for every room of your home.
I'm going out on a limb in assuming that you've heard about all the gorgeous things you can do with drop cloths. Whether you have or haven't, I'm going to share some of my favorites with you here today.
There's a reason why so many people have fallen in love with using drop cloths, their durable, high quality and, best of all, super cheap. The math works out to about $2.50 a yard. Can’t beat it.
The MOST IMPORTANT thing to do when using drop cloths is washing and bleaching them.
Courtesy of www.farmhouseonboone.com
Notice the color difference from the beige color to the pure white. The beige color is what it looks like when you purchase them.
NOT ALL DROP CLOTHS ARE BLEACHABLE
The drop cloths that are recommended come from Amazon and are 100% cotton, making them 100% bleachable. Some brands are made with 50% polyester, so they can't be bleached.
How does a drop cloth go from the rough and coarse tan fabric you find in the paint section at Lowe’s to the soft white beauty you see gracing wing back chairs and farmhouse pillows? It's quite simple really.
a whole lot of bleach and little bit of technique.
Start with buying a 9 x 12 All Purpose Canvas Cotton Drop Cloth from Amazon for $19.95.
So, the first thing I do is cut the 9′ by 12′ piece right down the center where the seam is.
You won't be able to use the middle part where the seam is - so don't worry about doing this.
Plus if you shoved the whole thing in the washer, it would be overcrowded, leaving the drop cloth splotchy, which is no good.
When it comes to bleaching drop cloths there are two methods.
Method 1 - Washing Machine
Put one half of the drop cloth piece into the washer, put it on hot, and set it on the largest size load setting. Let the washer fill completely before adding any bleach.
Once the washer is full, I add a whoooooole lot of bleach, like about a third of the bottle. At this point, open all the windows of the house so it's not filled with bleach fumes. I let it agitate a bit to stir all the bleach around. Then, I pull the knob out and let it sit to soak for several hours. I go over to the washer every few hours and let it agitate for a minute or so, and then let it sit some more.
If it sits too long, it may start turning a bit yellowy. 6-8 hours is a good rule of thumb.
After I have done all this, I pull the knob out and let it finish the cycle. Then I throw the drop cloth into the dryer to make sure it is pre-shrunk and super soft.
Method 2 - Bath Tub
You basically follow the exact same method as above, with a few differences.
1. Instead of agitating the washer periodically, get yourself a big stick, or something to stir with. You still need to make sure every nook and cranny of that drop cloth has access to the bleach.
2. When you feel your drop cloth is white enough, drain the tub and squeeze out any excess water. Bring it over to your washer and run it through an entire wash cycle on hot.
If you take it out and notice there are splotches, just repeat the process.
Sometimes it takes a few tries to get all the splotches out and get it perfectly white, but enough bleach and time will do the trick every time!
Now that we have a gorgeous crisp white and super soft drop cloth to work with, let's get started WITH ALL THESE PROJECTS - one for every room of your home..
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