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Alpaca Fur Rugs and Bedspreads


 Care Instructions
Our alpaca fur rugs and bedspreads are more “decorative” and “light use” items than those used for heavy, functional use. This is not to say that you cannot “use” your alpaca fur. Quite the contrary! We simply mean that they are not made to sleep on every night. Neither are these alpaca furs to be put on the floor in your major traffic areas. Here is the rule of thumb for alpacas: “light use and little walking traffic”.

You may brush your alpaca fur with either a wire pet brush or a hairbrush. This works particularly well when it gets matted from sitting or laying on it.

Should you wish to store your alpaca fur rug, avoid direct sunlight and store it in a cool airy place. Storing your alpaca rug in plastic bags for any length of time is not advisable. You want your fur to be able to breathe and using plastic bags prevents this. In addition, condensation may occur in warm conditions if plastic is used.

Alpaca fur is not machine washable! 
Your alpaca fur will need to be taken to a professional furrier to be cleaned which can be expensive. For that reason, and for the fact that they are a more delicate item, care should be taken to keep it clean in the first place.
For spills or spot cleaning, a sponge with a mild soap and water solution will work best. Make certain that you don't get the leather wet by using so much liquid that it penetrates through the fur, down to the leather.
Periodically using some kind of talcum powder will help to  keep your alpaca fur smelling fresh.

Baby Alpaca Stuffed Animals:

Care Instructions:
When dry cleaning:
We recommend you only dry clean once a year, if necessary. Remember to bring any or all labels which may have come with the garment. Clean multiple pieces at the same time so as to avoid any color discrepancies. Ask the dry cleaner to use fresh solvent in low heat and a process that does not involve tumbling of the garment. Only use an established dry cleaner that has dealt with alpaca fiber.

When hand washing:
Gently hand wash in cool water with mild soap. Never use bleach. When removing excess water press down, never wring or twist, as it will distort and/or wrinkle the garment. Dry flat. Block the garment by reshaping it to its original dimensions. Gently smooth by hand while wet to remove any wrinkles. Never use any brush. After the garment has dried, touch up with a warm iron as needed.

To keep your stuffed animal fresh, give it a dry bath on occasion with baking soda. Just sprinkle the baking soda on the stuffed animal and let it sit for about 15 minutes. Then simply brush it off.

The basic tools for plush care are a hair brush and a damp cloth. An old terry washcloth is perfect for the damp cloth.  Brushes with metal bristles, intended for pet care, can work very well on plush but can tear up the backing fabric if not used carefully. You want a brush with well-spaced stiff plastic bristles for most uses.

A vacuum cleaner and a lint roller are additional options for dusting.

For long fur, use the brush gently to separate snarls. Remember that any hair pulled out with the brush probably will not grow back, so brush gently. The brush will also lift out dust or debris buried in the fur. Give the surface another swipe with the damp cloth after brushing to remove anything the brush lifted.

A lint roller can be used instead of a damp cloth. The lint roller works especially well on pet hair. In our house there are four cats and a dog as well as lots of plush, and plushes that are near cat walkways have to get lint-rolled fairly often.

Pay attention to the style of fur you're working with! Don't brush out a plush surface that is supposed to look felted, tangled or woolly. Stick to lint rollers or vacuums for such material.

Alpaca Garments:

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Hand wash is recommended for baby alpaca garment using a gentle, wool friendly detergent and lukewarm water. Let your alpaca garment soak for during about thirty minutes

Gently squeeze the water through to loosen additional dirt, then drain the water, and squeeze again. Gently lift the project, supporting it from below, taking care not to let it stretch.
If necessary, repeat the rinse. Repeat this procedure until eliminate detergent residues.

To hasten the drying process, roll the garment between bath towels and stand on them to force out as much water as possible.

Finally, lay the garment on a flat surface and make sure that conserves its original form, the garment must be away from direct sunlight and away from any direct heat sources, most important is keep the garment in an area with good air circulation

Leather Care:

Our leathers are washable for easy care. For best results-
Produce a good lather in lukewarm water using mild detergent or soap flakes
Wash gently on your hands.
Remove item and rinse thoroughly in clean water.
Gently squeeze out all excess water and pull gently into shape.
Hang to dry away from direct sunlight or heat.
For best results wash items before they become too soiled!

Pewter Care

1. Wash pewter in warm water using a mild detergent. Dry thoroughly with a soft cloth.

2. Make a paste of 1 tsp. salt, 1 cup vinegar and about a half-cup flour. Apply to pewter, then rinse and dry with a soft cloth.

3. Polish pewter with a paste made of rottenstone (decomposed limestone, which is available at
hardware stores) and boiled linseed oil. Then wash the pewter in warm, soapy water, rinse and buff dry.

4. Use a commercial pewter-cleaning product if desired. Follow directions exactly. If you use a commercial polish, make sure it is formulated especially for pewter. Do not use silver or brass polish.

Pima Cotton Clothing Care:

Fabric Content: 100% Pima Cotton. Pima cotton is a grade of cotton, so named because it is traditionally grown in the southwest United States by Pima Indians. Because of the fineness of Pima cotton, more fibers can be spun into the yarn, which will enhance the feel, softness and brilliance the fabric.

Care Instructions: Machine wash warm, non-chlorine bleach. Tumble dry. Wash dark colors separately.

Pottery,About Chulucanas Pottery

This pottery is made using a traditional Native American low-fire process, and like all such pottery it is not recommended that water be put in it.  Letting water sit in the pot for an extended period will cause the black smoked areas to pop off the surface, and will  cause the salts in the clay to crystallize on the surface, destroying the pot. 

Anyway, with their stark contemporary and sculptural appearance the pieces look best with nothing in them at all, used as pieces of sculptural decoration all by themselves.  They also look great with dried flowers, dried cattails, peacock feathers, or just a dead branch of manzanita or bamboo placed artistically in them.

This is also a type of smoked pottery -- the black background on the pieces is not a glaze, but is actually smoked onto the pieces in a separate process using a kind of oven.  Being smoke it can and will fade if exposed for long periods to direct sunlight.  It's best to keep the pieces out of bright light, unless you want them to fade - and they fade in a very spectacular way.

Silver Products

It's a good idea to wash silver separately from your other dishes because metal sinks and utensils can scratch silver, and stainless steel can damage the finish if it comes into contact with your silver.
Avoid using rubber gloves when washing silver, as rubber corrodes silver.
Use a soft cloth to gently rub the silver clean, and dry promptly with a soft towel. Gently buff the shine into dull silver with a soft cotton cloth.
Polish your silver. When tarnish develops on silver, simple hand washing may not suffice to remove it. Specially formulated silver polishes are your safest option for polishing silver, especially if you are dealing with an antique or a piece that has intricate designs etched into it.

Take a bit of polish. Moisten a soft silver-polishing cloth or the sponge included with the silver polish and take a little bit of polish.

Rub the silver gently.Rub the silver only in straight-line, back-and-forth motions (not in circles). Avoid scrubbing; rather, let the polish do the job.

Rinse under running water. Rinse the silver under running water.

Dry. Dry the silver completely with a soft, clean cloth.
Consider using common household products for less rare or less valuable pieces. They will usually work, but may cause damage. Try them at your own risk.

Make a paste of baking soda and warm water.
Gently polish following the directions for toothpaste above.
Give your silver a bath. Commercial silver "dips" are available which can dissolve stains without rubbing the silver. Contrary to what the word "dip" implies, professionals rarely actually soak silver in these products, at least not for long. Dips are generally harsh, potentially dangerous chemicals (both to the silver and to yourself), so follow the directions carefully and consult a professional when in doubt. You can, however, make a gentle homemade silver bath that gets rid of stains and tarnish by an electrochemical reaction. Be aware that both dipping and electrochemical baths can potentially damage your silver, and they will remove desirable patina, so they're not recommended for silver with an oxidized or French gray finish.

Heat up an appropriately sized container of water and dissolve a large amount of table salt into the water. Use enough salt such that it takes at least a minute to dissolve in the hot water with constant stirring. Washing Soda (such as Arm and Hammer) works as well.
Shape a liner for the container from aluminum foil and place the foil in the container of hot water (danger--do not touch the hot water!).
Place silver that has been previously cleaned with soap into the bath (inside of the foil) for several minutes. Tarnish should dissolve away.
For stubborn spots, remove and clean with soap and a damp rag before reimmersing in the bath.
Warning: This will remove any tarnish, even the antique-y ones. Dispose of salt water down the drain after cooling. This is a simple reaction between the aluminum metal and the silver sulfide (tarnish). The table salt acts as an electrolyte to allow the reaction to happen.
Store your silver correctly. Beyond prompt and frequent cleaning, the best way to preserve your silver is to store it correctly. Make sure each piece is completely dry before storing it. For silverware, wrap each piece in acid-free tissue paper or anti-tarnish paper. You can also wrap pieces in flannel (special flannels are made just for this purpose). Seal the wrapped silver pieces in an airtight plastic bag. Whether you put away your silver in a bag or you put it in a display case, a canister of silica gel placed nearby can help reduce humidity and ward off tarnish. Never store silver where it can contact rubber, stainless steel, or paint.



Textiles Care:

All Products
Dry cleaning is the best method for the long-term care of our fabrics. Please be aware that WARM water and/or heat from a dryer will cause excessive shrinkage.

Shiny Fiber
Dry clean only. May be refreshed with a steamer. Do not machine wash.

Hand wash cold, dry flat. Dry cleaning would work as well, but this can be impractical due to the small size of the patches.
Pima Cotton Clothing Care:


  • Wood Furniture

    Everyday Care
    Before you decide how to clean your piece of furniture, you need to determine what type of finish it has on it. You can find information about
    cleaners and conditioners for wood furniture and information on getting built-up finishes off to expose the beautiful wood underneath. Check these tips on caring for hardwood furniture from the American Hardwood Information Center.

    You should use a lint-free cloth to polish your furniture on a regular basis. Use just a little furniture polish on the cloth and rub the surface to get a beautiful shine.

    When choosing a furniture polish, use the same type for each cleaning, either oil- or wax-based, to avoid polish smudges. Wipe in the direction of the grain of the wood whenever possible.

    If you love antiques, you'll need to be aware of their special needs. You'll find helpful information from on cleaning antique furniture.

    Special Cleaning
    When it comes time to remove built-up wax, use either mineral spirits or a synthetic turpentine with a soft, lint-free cloth. Clean the entire piece with the product, not just the area that's soiled.