~ The Floorcloth Advantage ~
One of the best benefits of today's floorcloths is that it is allergen-free. It will not collect
dust or pollen and leaves no surface upon which dust mites can penetrate to make their home. The
surface of a floorcloth has a barrier of polyurethane which will not allow any foreign particles
to penetrate and scratch your hardwood floor underneath.Water will not seep though to destroy
laminate flooring which can be damaged easily if it stays wet. These floorcloths are pet-friendly!
Pets have fewer tendencies to chew this type of rug because there is no nap sticking up to tempt
your dog, cat, Capuchin monkey or Vietnamese pot-bellied pig. All the sand and dirt that our
wonderful pets track into the house cannot sift through the rug to scratch and grind down your
hardwood or laminate floor finish.
These rugs add color to any room in your home that has a hard
floor such as laminate, tile, linoleum, wood and even cement. They make great personal statements
in front of doors, in hallways, in front of sinks, under your pet food dishes, under dining, coffee
and decorator tables. If using under dining tables, it is a good idea to put felt on the feet of
your chairs to greatly extend the life of your rug. Sharp edges can cut or wear down your rug as
it would any other type of rug. Place mats and table runners are another wonderful addition to the
floorcloth line. The place mats are easy to clean and durable. With the non-skid backing on the
placemat and table runner, they stay in position on smooth surfaces. Floorcloths can also be hung
on walls, for a splash of color and style.At Little Jade Lizard Studio, we use a 14oz, 100% cotton
duck material for our place mats and table runners which has been infused with an anti-skid backing.
There is a one-inch mitered hem on all of our place mats and a two-inch mitered hem on floorcloths and table runners.
They are primed with two coats of premium primer and two base color coats before the design is
stenciled, hand-painted or airbrushed on. Six coats of water-based polyurethane are applied afterward.
Care should be taken to keep the anti-skid backing clean of debris. If it does become dirty use a stiff,
dry plastic-bristled brush to clean the backing.
The rugs are made of #8 (18 oz) double-filled heavy canvas. We first prep them with a two-inch adhesive-sealed
hem, then two coats of primer or gesso on both sides. Next, two base color coats are applied to the top.
The design is then hand-painted, and allowed to dry. Finally, they are sealed with six coats of water-based polyurethane
protective finish. Each coat of primer, base coat, design and varnish is allowed to completely
dry before the next coat is applied to ensure complete adhesion and color-fastness.
~ Eco-Friendly Reusable Tote Bags ~
ECOBAGS® Recycled Cotton Tote bags are large and hefty; carries over thirty pounds!
Made from pre-consumer cotton "table waste" clippings that would otherwise be dumped in landfills,
it may be the most environmentally-friendly fiber on the planet!
- Made with eco-friendly recycled cotton - even more sustainable than organic cotton
- Double-stitched at all stress points for added durability
- Holds a full load of groceries
- Comfortable 22" web handles are long enough to sling over shoulder
- Made with Fair Trade/Fair Labor
- Dimensions: 15.5" H x 19" W x 7.5" D
- Handles: 22" loop
- Volume: 2208 cubic inches (a bit bigger than a standard brown paper grocery sack).
Our recycled-material canvas tote bag designs are either stenciled, hand-painted or airbrushed on the raw canvas.
Then a sealer coat is airbrushed on the design and allowed to completely dry before being heat-pressed
to lock the paint into the canvas. This prevents your design from easily being washed off.
At Little Jade Lizard Studio, all of our paints and top coats are water-based to maintain the true colors of the design without
yellowing, as oil-based polyurethanes tend to do.
~ A Bit of Floorcloth History ~
Floorcloths, also knows as oylcloth, or oilcloth (which is what they are still called in England)
is a canvas or duck material treated with primer and varnish. The floorcloth originated in England
in the seventeenth century, and in the eighteenth century a few wealthy Americans started to import
them for their estates. There is a hand-written
document from George Washington proving that he bought
a floorcloth for his Mount Vernon estate for $14.28 (a large sum of money back then). There are bills
of sales found from others such as Thomas Jefferson and John Adams who had floorcloths imported for
their homes and the White House. Eventually, oilcloths were being made in the America and started to
be called "floorcloths" instead of "oilcloth". Still, it was only the affluent that could afford them.
Today, with the advent of better quality paints and varnishes, anyone can enjoy a splash of color along
with a touch of history in their home. Any design imaginable can be painted on the floorcloth. Some are
crafted purely with stencils, such as earlier floorcloth designs and, in modern times, hand-painted with
a variety of artistic styles.
Vintage Photo from: Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540