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Advice Archives

Here you will find a collection of our advice and article posts.

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Do Curtains Reduce Heat?As the summer months approach, many people look for ways to keep their homes cool …2023/11/14Uncategorized2023-11-14 13:14:23
Top tips for avoiding mould in your homeWe have a mould problem in our houses in Aotearoa. Once you see mould, you …2023/09/07Uncategorized2023-09-07 11:49:45
Cleaning Tips to Give Your Second-Hand Furniture New LifeWhether it’s wood, cane, fabric or leather, give your second-hand finds a sparkling new lease …2023/08/02Uncategorized2023-08-02 13:34:19
How Often Should You Clean Your Curtains?The frequency of cleaning curtains largely depends on a few factors such as the material …2023/03/29Uncategorized2023-03-29 10:59:21
The Benefits of Clean CurtainsCurtains are an essential part of any home décor. They not only add beauty to …2023/03/23Uncategorized2023-03-23 12:58:20
How to Clean a Burnt Pan—We Tested 5 MethodsEver wonder how to clean a burnt pan? See what happened when we put different …2023/01/20Uncategorized2023-01-20 12:14:13
Recycled PolyesterAlong our journey to creating a more sustainable future, our studios are working to incorporate …2022/11/01Uncategorized2022-11-01 14:50:23
How to make your food last longerTips to extend the shelf life of popular staples, such as bread, flour and fruit. …2022/10/25Uncategorized2022-10-25 14:56:19
7 Spring Cleaning tasks to get started onAs we emerge from winter hibernation, thick coats are swapped for lighter jackets and it’s …2022/10/11Uncategorized2022-10-11 10:51:33
What’s the deal with Bouclé?If you are into interiors, you have no doubt noticed the growing number of cushions, …2022/09/28Decorating, Textiles2022-09-28 11:04:55
Hard window treatments – What to considerHard window treatments include roller blinds, shutters, sunscreen blinds, venetian blinds, vertical blinds, and wooden …2022/09/21Decorating, Textiles2022-09-21 10:19:35
Natural Ageing of Fabrics in Upholstered Furniture‘Just like ourselves, many fabrics will age gracefully and this is all part of their charm.’ …2022/09/13Decorating, Textiles2022-09-13 13:00:56
Cutting Down Roller BlindsYou have decided to change your windows and your existing roller blinds no longer fit …2022/09/07Decorating2022-09-07 12:01:43
How to Look After LinenLinen looks good but is notorious for creasing. Here’s how to get the best from …2022/09/05Cleaning, Decorating, Textiles2022-09-05 14:50:50
The Benefits of LinenLinen is most loved for its diversity, from a rustic and neutral look to soft …2022/08/30Decorating, Textiles2022-08-30 12:46:22
Curtain lining: Which type is best for your home?Curtain lining: Which type is best for your home? You’ve probably heard of blockout and …2022/08/25Decorating, Textiles2022-08-25 13:28:38
Taking Down Venetian BlindsThis video shows a top faceboard with plastic clips that hold the headboard on. Often …2022/08/15Cleaning2022-08-15 11:50:00
What is Fabric Pilling?Whilst it can be unsightly, pilling is not a fabric defect or flaw. You’ve no doubt …2022/08/15Cleaning, Textiles2022-08-15 11:24:15
Mouldy Curtains & Healthier LivingEvery working day Curtain Clean deals with, and cleans, mouldy curtains and other household items. …2022/08/11Textiles2022-08-11 13:51:53
For the Love of VelvetFor anyone wanting to add everlasting interest to their home, you can’t look past velvet! …2022/08/08Textiles2022-08-08 14:39:05
How to Care for Your Washing MachineLooking after your washing machine will maximise its life and performance. Our member surveys indicate …2022/08/01Cleaning2022-08-01 11:30:58
How To Maintain and Care for Your WallcoveringsSo, you’ve finally chosen that fabulous wallpaper to showcase your interior style but how do …2022/07/25Decorating2022-07-25 10:47:35
Natures Bounty | Bast is BestCommonly known as ‘soft’ fibres, bast fibres are the fine, flexible fibres obtained from the …2022/07/18Textiles2022-07-18 14:56:18
Are You Installing Double Glazing in Your Existing Window Spaces?Often when installing double glazing in the existing window spaces you can end up with …2022/07/04Decorating2022-07-04 10:15:44
Stop Your Curtains Getting Damp and MouldyIt’s time to bid farewell to summer for another year and start facing the reality …2022/06/21Cleaning2022-06-21 13:26:34
How to Clean Your Washing MachineDirt, mould, and other grimy residue can build up inside your washer over time. Learn …2022/06/13Cleaning2022-06-13 11:27:31
How to Make Your Towels Feel New AgainOne of the best things about staying with my parents is the promise of soft, …2022/06/08Cleaning, Decorating2022-06-08 13:25:57
The Importance of Curtains for a Healthy HomeCurtains, blinds, or other effective window coverings are an essential way to ensure your home …2022/05/27Cleaning2022-05-27 11:06:48
The Green Side of WoolWe have a soft spot for sheep. For many, sheep are symbolic to New Zealand …2022/05/23Textiles2022-05-23 11:09:05
Window treatments to keep your home warm this winterAren’t you tired of sky-high winter power bills? Start with your windows to stop the …2022/05/18Decorating2022-05-18 13:19:21
Do Blackout Curtains Help with Sleep?Do you feel like there is too much light in your bedroom at night or …2022/05/11Decorating2022-05-11 12:48:53
10 Cheap & Easy Heating TipsHere are some simple ways to be warmer this winter. Keeping your home cosy need …2022/05/02Decorating2022-05-02 13:15:06
Do Curtains Help to Keep Much Heat Inside Your Home?Do you feel like you’re losing heat from your rooms in the winter months no …2022/04/01Decorating2022-04-01 11:22:22
How to Look After Your UpholsteryIn this blog we discuss the most common upholstery problems that can arise in use. …2022/03/28Textiles2022-03-28 14:10:12
Why Clothes Are So Hard to RecycleFast fashion is leading to a mountain of clothing being thrown away each year and …2022/03/15Textiles2022-03-15 12:09:22
Genius Uses for Vinegar (That Don’t Involve Food)More reasons why you should always have a bottle of vinegar on hand. There are …2022/02/24Cleaning2022-02-24 12:49:16
Interior Design Trends 2022The interior design trends you can expect to see bloom in 2022. Somehow in the …2022/02/22Decorating2022-02-22 14:24:58
The Right Way to Clean VelvetIs your velvet sofa looking less than luxe? Learn how to clean velvet furniture and …2022/02/22Cleaning, Textiles2022-02-22 13:52:53
Top 5 Golden Rules for Bedroom DesignBedrooms equal sleep. It follows that they should be a place of tranquility, somewhere to …2022/02/09Uncategorized2022-02-09 10:49:46
Style trends you need to know about for 2022Style trends you need to know about for 2022 The 22 interior trends we’ll be …2022/02/02Uncategorized2022-02-02 13:08:16
The Importance of Curtains in a Healthy HomeCurtains, blinds, or other effective window coverings are an essential way to ensure your home …2022/01/17Uncategorized2022-01-17 13:12:57
Sagging sofa cushions – what’s the cause?Questions from the field: Sagging sofa cushions – what’s the cause? “When selecting the fabric …2021/11/01Uncategorized2021-11-01 11:29:57
An Insight into ViscoseViscose, or Rayon, was the first regenerated fibre to be manufactured for commercial production in …2021/10/18Uncategorized2021-10-18 14:47:34
Stain Removal2021/10/11Uncategorized2021-10-11 13:38:46
Common Types of Fabric Construction for Curtains and Upholstery – Part 1When it comes to home interiors and soft furnishings there really is a vast range …2021/09/27Uncategorized2021-09-27 14:39:43
What Are the Basic Styles of Fabric for Curtains & Upholstery?There are five different styles/category of fabric that form the foundation for the vast array …2021/09/20Uncategorized2021-09-20 10:55:52
Things to Consider When Exploring Blind & Curtain IdeasHoping to buy blinds or curtains but feeling a bit overwhelmed with all the choices? …2021/09/13Uncategorized2021-09-13 10:55:20
All About Curtain & Upholstery FabricsThere are five different styles/category of fabric that form the foundation for the vast array …2021/09/13Uncategorized2021-09-13 10:12:09
The Green Side of WoolWe have a soft spot for sheep.  For many, sheep are symbolic to New Zealand …2021/08/03Uncategorized2021-08-03 13:53:39
What is Yarn: What It’s Made From, How You Make It and MoreWhen researching or reading about different fabrics, you are likely to see the word yarn …2021/08/03Uncategorized2021-08-03 10:35:05
Make a Living WallIf you enjoy growing your own potted plants and would like a stylish way of …2021/07/26Uncategorized2021-07-26 14:13:17
How to Make Hemp RopeKnowing how to make rope was once a critical skill for survival and self-sufficiency on …2021/07/26Uncategorized2021-07-26 10:30:15
Movie Magic at HomeIf your child is a real movie lover, then here are some Movie Magic activities …2021/07/19Uncategorized2021-07-19 13:32:54
Curtains & Blinds: Which types are best?When it’s time to replace your curtains, most of us only worry about cost and …2021/07/19Uncategorized2021-07-19 13:05:56
Staying Warm for LessBrace yourself. Severe weather is on its way for parts of the country and experts …2021/07/13Uncategorized2021-07-13 13:35:48
Rainy Day Holiday ActivitiesRainy days are the one thing parents do not need during the holidays, but they …2021/07/13Uncategorized2021-07-13 13:30:11
Eco-BricksWhat is an Eco-brick?An eco-brick is a plastic bottle packed with shredded, single-use, non-recyclable plastics, …2021/07/06Uncategorized2021-07-06 13:56:53
DIY – Terracotta Bud VasesTake on the terracotta trend and sculpt a unique floral feature. You will need Modelling …2021/07/05Uncategorized2021-07-05 14:41:31
5 cheap (or free) ways to keep the house warm this winterDon’t shiver in silence! Use these 5 simple (and cheap) techniques to warm up your …2021/06/28Uncategorized2021-06-28 12:58:25
A Woolly TaleHumans have enjoyed wool for over 10,000 years and it continues to be a coveted …2021/06/28Uncategorized2021-06-28 11:50:27
Why are my windows damp all the time?How do you know it’s winter? When the windows start dripping. While it might seem …2021/06/15Uncategorized2021-06-15 11:14:58
Ways to make your home feel cosier in WinterFind out how a few key elements can warm up your abode over the winter …2021/06/14Uncategorized2021-06-14 12:00:48
7 ‘Unexpected’ Things You Can Clean with Laundry DetergentLaundry detergent is a powerful cleaning agent. But did you know that it can do …2021/06/08Uncategorized2021-06-08 11:52:47
Always finding your neighbour’s cats in your garden?Even though we all love animals, we are not always fans of other people’s cats …2021/06/08Uncategorized2021-06-08 11:35:23
Colour Forecast 2021There is a preference coming through for warmth and comfort in our colour choices with …2021/06/08Uncategorized2021-06-08 11:02:08
Benefits to Lining Your Curtains for WinterIf you are in the market for a new pair of curtains or are potentially …2021/06/01Uncategorized2021-06-01 12:43:38
Cleaning Hacks That Actually Make Things WorseWhen it comes to cleaning there are tried and tested hacks you can rely on …2021/06/01Uncategorized2021-06-01 11:04:46
Is Laundry Stripping as Good as it Looks?A clean white duvet before and after a laundry strip wash in a bath tub. …2021/05/31Uncategorized2021-05-31 11:31:34
Decorating Tips for a Shoestring BudgetCall us optimists, but we think everyone under the sun can, and should, have a …2021/05/24Uncategorized2021-05-24 11:20:10
How to Get an Extra-Clean House for Allergy SufferersIf you live with someone allergic to dust mites, mould, pollen, pet hair or any one …2021/05/24Uncategorized2021-05-24 11:01:26
Interior Design Trends 2021Tap into 2021’s biggest interior trends to reinvent and refresh your home for the year …2021/05/17Uncategorized2021-05-17 13:51:41
Tips for Decorating on a BudgetHandy home decor shortcuts to make it easy to save a dollar or two. Friends …2021/05/17Uncategorized2021-05-17 11:04:59
How to Maintain and Care for your WallcoveringsSo, you’ve finally chosen that fabulous wallpaper to showcase your style but how do you …2021/05/03Uncategorized2021-05-03 10:26:11
How to Fix a Carpet Dent from Heavy FurnitureIt’s a moment of horror – moving a piece of furniture and realizing what it’s …2021/04/27Uncategorized2021-04-27 12:37:56
How to Look After Your UpholsteryIn this blog we discuss the most common upholstery problems that can arise in use. …2021/04/27Uncategorized2021-04-27 11:01:03
How to keep Rattan Furniture looking niceRattan is an attractive, lightweight, and durable material for furniture. It’s also eco-friendly, as the …2021/04/20Uncategorized2021-04-20 11:40:25
Eucalyptus YarnIt’s time to embrace Mother Nature in all her glory and meet our badass green …2021/04/19Uncategorized2021-04-19 11:22:12
A Fruitful Idea: Orange FibreIn Italy, the citrus industry discards one million tonnes of citrus fruit peels annually. While …2021/04/13Uncategorized2021-04-13 12:46:42
Blind and Curtain Cord Safety for protecting childrenTake these four simple steps to ensure that blind and curtain cords/chains are out of …2021/04/12Uncategorized2021-04-12 14:57:34
7 window treatment trends for 2021Wondering what the new year holds in store for interiors? Here are some of the …2021/03/22Uncategorized2021-03-22 11:09:14
A Beginners Guide to Curtain Tassels, Trims, Pelmets & TiebacksIt’s no secret that curtains can make or break a room. The colours, patterns and …2021/03/22Uncategorized2021-03-22 10:46:11
Different Curtains, Different BenefitsWhen you are looking to buy drapes online there are numerous options available. This leads …2021/03/22Uncategorized2021-03-22 10:32:43
How to Remove Paint from Window PanesPaint is very difficult to clean off from any surface and removing it from glass …2021/03/15Uncategorized2021-03-15 14:26:32
How to Clean a Suede CouchSuede couches add a timeless elegance to homes. They are nice to look at, comfortable, …2021/03/08Uncategorized2021-03-08 13:18:20
9 Home Cleaning Hacks TestedThe internet is awash with natural cleaning hacks. We put them to the test.  1. …2021/03/02Uncategorized2021-03-02 13:18:32
Home hacks: Your best tips for cleaning jobs around the houseMost of these are free or inexpensive, and we can only assume they are tried …2021/03/01Uncategorized2021-03-01 14:02:44
Flower Power Wallpaper Release 2021The perennial theme of botanical print in interior design will continue in 2021 and is …2021/02/23Uncategorized2021-02-23 13:04:08
How to Prevent Mouldy Curtains and BlindsWhy does mould appear in the first place?Mould grows in damp areas where there is …2021/02/23Uncategorized2021-02-23 12:09:26
The Benefits of Buying LocallyWant to put your money where your heart is? Locally made products come with a …2021/02/15Uncategorized2021-02-15 13:15:13
Do Thermal Curtains Really Work?2021/02/15Uncategorized2021-02-15 12:27:14
Stop Your Curtains Getting Damp and MouldyIt’s time to bid farewell to summer for another year and start facing the reality …2021/02/09Uncategorized2021-02-09 13:28:00
The difference between Lined and Unlined curtainsCurtains are an essential part of every home’s decor. And having the right curtains can …2021/02/09Uncategorized2021-02-09 12:23:30
DIY Chalkboard HousesThese are super easy to make and provide hours of creative play as well as …2021/02/02Uncategorized2021-02-02 14:03:57
How to Keep Indoor Plants AliveThese five tips will help to keep your house greens looking lush! 1. Potting and …2021/02/02Uncategorized2021-02-02 12:19:05
When A Lining Is Not A Lining, But So Much More…..Look, we have to be honest, curtain linings are not the sort of thing that …2021/01/26Uncategorized2021-01-26 11:26:50
Textile Fibres and Their CharacteristicsWe are passionate about fabrics and finding the right solutions for our customers.  With over …2021/01/19Uncategorized2021-01-19 14:09:36
How to Get Rid of CockroachesCockroaches are an extremely common household pest throughout all of New Zealand and although they …2021/01/19Uncategorized2021-01-19 11:12:24
Protecting your home from firesCheck your smoke alarms Smoke alarms provide an early warning in case of a fire …2020/12/15Uncategorized2020-12-15 13:59:48
The Dangers of Dirty CurtainsCurtains are a great way to really complete the look of a room in your …2020/12/15Uncategorized2020-12-15 13:47:09
Sound Absorption for Comfortable Living“That tiny crack that runs around your door transmits more sound than you would know”  Noise …2020/12/14Uncategorized2020-12-14 12:06:17
New Zealand Summer Colour Forecast 2021As global colour trends evolve, our unique New Zealand landscapes compel a reinvestigation into how …2020/12/07Uncategorized2020-12-07 11:43:39
Care LabellingIt is mandatory under the Consumer Information Standards (Care Labelling) Regulations 2000 for many new …2020/12/07Uncategorized2020-12-07 11:04:31
Why you DON’T put Curtains in a washing machineRecently we have been taking care of (fixing) curtains that have been put in the …2020/12/01Uncategorized2020-12-01 15:10:23
SPF your house over summerWhen those super hot summer days and nights eventually come around, all you will want …2020/12/01Uncategorized2020-12-01 12:26:23
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Luxurious Lotus SilkLotus fibre or lotus silk is a rather rare and exclusive fibre. The silk comes …2020/11/23Uncategorized2020-11-23 15:12:59
Plastic Bottle PlantersHere is a fun and easy way to reuse a plastic bottle! These are the …2020/11/17Uncategorized2020-11-17 15:00:32
Wool is 100% BiodegradableHOW DOES WOOL BIODEGRADE? All materials of animal and vegetable origin have some degree of …2020/11/17Uncategorized2020-11-17 11:51:12
Why Choose Custom-Made CurtainsIf you’re considering installing curtains in your home, one of the first things you’ll need …2020/11/09Uncategorized2020-11-09 13:40:33
Waipuna Hospice AwardWaipuna Hospice has recognized our generous contribution and willingness to support them by giving us …2020/11/05Uncategorized2020-11-05 11:44:04
Curtain & Blind Safety for Your Kids RoomAs a parent or parent-to-be, your number one focus will be the health and safety of your …2020/11/02Uncategorized2020-11-02 14:01:47
Linen lies – Busted!Want to understand why Linen makes such a great choice for your household textiles? Here are 7 …2020/11/02Uncategorized2020-11-02 11:54:21
Jumping for Jute!Jute is a natural fibre with golden & silky shine, and hence nicknamed as The …2020/10/27Uncategorized2020-10-27 16:19:41
Are Curtains or Blinds best for kids’ bedrooms?Choosing curtains and/or blinds for a child’s bedroom is much more complicated than you might …2020/10/27Uncategorized2020-10-27 16:02:17
How to Stop Your Pet from Destroying Your BlindsFrom a dog’s point of view, blinds are just an obstacle keeping them from the …2020/10/12Uncategorized2020-10-12 14:55:39
Tips for a Fresher Looking Natural Fibre RugIn recent years, more and more people choose to bring natural fibre rugs into their …2020/10/12Uncategorized2020-10-12 10:29:24
Coco Coir FibreThe thickest and most resistant of all commercial natural fibres, coir is a coarse, short …2020/09/29Uncategorized2020-09-29 11:59:25
Abaca: The Queen of Natural FibresAbaca is a natural leaf fibre that comes from a relative of the banana tree …2020/09/28Uncategorized2020-09-28 16:04:31
Buy Once, Buy WellWhy we have an endless fascination with mid-century modern. There’s just something about mid-century design (MCD) …2020/09/28Uncategorized2020-09-28 13:28:38
Textile Testing – Seam SlippageSeam Slippage is one of four key topics (others include Abrasion Resistance, Pilling, and Colourfastness) …2020/09/22Uncategorized2020-09-22 14:23:26
Understanding Ultrasonic CleaningIf you’ve been holding back on investing in ultrasonic cleaning, here’s a look at the …2020/09/22Uncategorized2020-09-22 10:33:31
Why Wool is CoolThe fleece of sheep has been used to make human clothing since the Stone Age.Wool …2020/09/21Uncategorized2020-09-21 14:58:56
Cat Allergy  What is cat allergen? An allergen is a material that is capable of provoking …2020/09/14Uncategorized2020-09-14 15:18:18
Natural Animal-Based Textile FibresAnimal-based fibres are wool, fur, and excretions, such as silk. Alpaca: Alpaca is a very …2020/09/08Uncategorized2020-09-08 13:06:03
Unravelling textile testing – ColourfastnessColourfastness is one of four key topics (others include Abrasion Resistance, Pilling, Seam Slippage) that …2020/09/07Uncategorized2020-09-07 12:14:42
Natural Textile FibresNatural, plant-based textile fibres come from seed hair, such as cotton; from foliage, such as …2020/09/01Uncategorized2020-09-01 13:55:41
Curtains in rentalsCurtains are essential for a warm, healthy home. Here’s what to know as a renter …2020/08/25Uncategorized2020-08-25 12:06:00
Did Roman Blinds Come from The Romans?Roman Blinds are one of the most popular blind styles available on the market today, …2020/08/24Uncategorized2020-08-24 14:56:43
Growing Your Own LinenLinen has been used for thousands of years for clothes, beding and furnishings. It is …2020/08/04Textiles2020-08-04 15:01:22
Facts about Fabrics!The average lifetime of a piece of clothing is approximately 3 years.Flax is the earliest …2020/08/03Uncategorized2020-08-03 15:04:22
What is linen? Why do people love linen fabric so much?As we all known that Linen is a natural fibre. linen is one of the …2020/08/03Uncategorized2020-08-03 15:00:48
DIY Protecting your home from fires1. Check your smoke alarmsSmoke alarms provide an early warning in case of a fire …2020/07/28Uncategorized2020-07-28 14:13:41
DIY Fabric HeadboardYou’ll need:• Upholstery weight (ideally) fabric (Spotlight or your favourite store)• Batting – I used …2020/07/21Uncategorized2020-07-21 13:11:54
How to Do: Curtains AND BlindsEver thought about combining blinds and curtains to make your windows even more stunning and …2020/07/21Uncategorized2020-07-21 12:09:10
Why should I add a Lining to my Curtains?Windows play a major role in controlling the temperature within a home. During winter it …2020/06/29Uncategorized2020-06-29 15:53:11
DIY Double Glazing with Insulation FilmWindow insulation film works on the same principle as standard double glazing by creating a …2020/06/22Uncategorized2020-06-22 13:34:41
PURPLE – A Colourful HistoryIt’s safe to say that you can expect to pay the same price for the …2019/12/09Uncategorized2019-12-09 10:21:00
BLUE – A Colourful HistoryThe color blue is associated with two of Earth’s greatest natural features: the sky and …2019/12/02Textiles2019-12-02 13:23:30

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