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Tips to maintain Rosewood furniture before and after shopping:

Rosewood is popular for its density, durability, deep grain and rich hue. Rosewood furniture will vary slightly in overall grain, texture, tone, and size. Though Rosewood is natural and long lasting, damage can frequently occur due to negligence. You can follow below tips to take good care of your Rosewood furniture or Rosewood works.

What to look for while buying:

 

  • When shopping new Rosewood furniture ensure it had been finished properly, if not get it done before you shop.

 

Storage tips:
  • If you are using a rosewood table, move the items placed on the top carefully to avoid scratches. For cabinets and cupboards, avoid storing sharp materials and never stuff it badly with things. This leads in problems while opening and closing of the doors, which eventually results in damage of hinges and also doors.
  • Avoid Sun light on Rosewood furniture. This will fade the color of the wood. Sunlight damages the finish of the Rosewood and results in crackled appearance.
  • Let your Rosewood furniture settle down for few days and adjust to the conditions of your home. The temperature level and humidity will differ from where it was stored in furniture shop to the humidity and temperature level of your home. Avoid heavy usage of furniture for couple of weeks.
  • Avoid extreme heat and cold contact to the Rosewood furniture. Direct contact of extreme heat and cold will not only wrap the shape, it also damages the strength of the wood. Use placemats which absorbs the heat from hot plates and coasters under drinks to prevent damage from moisture created by cold beverages.
  • Avoid direct contact with plastic and rubber material. Chemicals in plastic and some rubber may damage the finish of wood when left in contact with the wood for long time. Rosewood is very sensitive to chemicals. Keep the chemicals in good distance from Rosewood.
  • Do not allow any type of moisture to accumulate on any type of Rosewood furniture. If water spills on rosewood furniture, dry and clean the water right away. Never put any kind of rosewood furniture which is open to moisture or steam like bathroom or laundry room.

 

Cleaning Tips:

Clean the rosewood furniture with soft cloth or linseed oil-based cleaner every 2 weeks. You can also contact the manufacturer for what type of cleansing liquid to be used clean your valuable rosewood furniture.

Gifting Ideas:

Gifting Rosewood furniture, Cabinets, Rosewood art crafts, Rosewood pea-cock wall panels and many more would a very great idea. Receiver would be very happy to receive Rose Wood Furniture & Artifacts as gift. Women would love to receive such gifts for decorating house.

Sandalwood Oil:

Sandalwood oil is an essential oil obtained from the steam distillation of chips and billets cut from the Sandalwood tree. Sandalwood oil is used in perfumes, cosmetics, and sacred unguent. The woody, sweet rosaceous, fixative nature of Sandalwood oil is well-known in Ayurvedic treatments. The oil is used for emotional and spiritual calming, enhancing mental clarity, increasing devotion and transfer energy for practicing and also as a psychotropic drug. The natural Sandalwood oil produced in this part of India is still the best because of its unique significant aroma and is an enduring fragrance ingredient for fine perfumes, deodorants and top-class perfumery.

Advantages of Sandalwood Oil:
  • Antiseptic and Anti-inflammatory:

    Sandalwood oil can aid in avoiding infection of esophageal ulcers, regulating the digestive tract, fighting urinary tract infections and easing inflammation in the nervous and circulatory systems. Used as an external application, it can fight infections from wounds and soothe burns, insect bites and rashes from poison ivy and other plants. Sandalwood oil can be taken internally by diluting a few drops in a glass of juice or water, and can be applied externally when diluted in carrier oil. Consultation with a medical professional is recommended before using it internally.

  • Astringent:

    One of the sandalwood oil benefits for skin is that it can be used as an effective astringent. It helps induce contraction in your gums and hence, strengthens the hold of gums. It is also useful in maintaining the firmness of skin. It will help you stay away from wrinkles and fight aging. You can combine it with almond oil to have a radiant skin. Use 8 table spoon of sandalwood oil and 2 table spoon of almond oil and apply this mixture regularly to have a glowing skin.

  • Carminative:

    The Essential Oil of Sandal Wood, being relaxant in nature, induces relaxation in the intestines and abdominal muscles, thereby facilitating removal of gases. It does not also let gases form.

  • Aromatherapy:

    If you are familiar with a variety of essential oils, then you know that many of them are used in aromatherapy. Sandalwood essential oil is no different in this regard because it acts as an antidepressant, soothes nerves, and can help insomniacs sleep better at night.

  • Cardiovascular System:

    Not only does Sandalwood increase the circulation of blood flow throughout the body, but it also acts as a heart regulator too. So anybody with a heart condition should certainly look into Sandalwood essential oil for possible relief.

  • Digestion:

    If you’re suffering from nausea, heartburn or gas, Sandalwood essential oil is very effective at reducing these problems. Furthermore, it saves you the trouble of having to buy separate products for each dilemma.

  • Muscular Relief:

    Sandalwood essential oils are very helpful in relieving muscle soreness and even muscle spasms. All you need to do is add a little Sandalwood to your massage oils, and start rubbing it in.

  • Religious:

    Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of Sandalwood essential oil is that it's commonly used in religious ceremonies. This is especially true in certain Asian cultures where Sandalwood essential oils are used to help people meditate, focus on prayers and anoint deities.

  • Respiratory Aid:

    One more big benefit of Sandalwood oil worth mentioning is its respiratory advantages. By inhaling Sandalwood, people can potentially rid coughs, bronchitis and laryngitis.

Bidriware:

Bidriware - Originating in Bidar, Karnataka in 14th century during the rule of Bahmani Sultans. The name Bidriware originates from the township Bidar which has still the rich heritage of unique metal ware. Bidriware is combination of blackened alloy of zinc & copper and inlaid with thin sheets of pure silver. Bidriware has been aptly made to suit contemporary taste such as cufflinks, bangles, goblets, vases, ashtrays, ornaments, knick-knacks, trinket boxes, hugga bases, nameplates and more.

The basic material of Bidriware is an alloy of zinc and copper in the proportion of 16:1. It is on this alloy that artistic designs in pure silver are engraved. The Bidriware undergoes an eight-stage process. The 8 stages are molding, smoothening by file, designing by chisels, engraving by chisel and hammer, pure silver inlaying, smoothening again, buffing and finally oxidizing by soil and ammonium chloride. Now the Bidri item is ready for the final step of making the surface permanently black so that the silver inlay design will stand out in bright contrast against the dark background. There is a particular type of soil found in the inner depths of ruins which are three hundred years old, in buildings where neither sunlight nor rain has fallen for hundreds of years. This soil, when mixed with ammonium chloride and water, produces a very special paste which is rubbed onto the heated Bidri article. The paste darkens the body of the piece, but has no effect on the silver inlay. As the paste is rinsed off, the design springs dramatically into view, the shining silver resplendent against the black surface. Finally, oil is rubbed on the piece to deepen the black matt coating.

Cleaning Tips:

With proper care and maintenance, Bidri articles can be kept bright and beautiful indefinitely. Never use Soaps, salts and acid to clean Bidriware. Clean Bidriware only with water and a soft cloth. You can use silver polish to shine the inlay work and then rub vegetable oil to sparkle the entire surface.

Gifting Ideas:

Bidriware artifacts can be gifted as mementos to the panel of guests in any event, Birthdays (Usually who is celebrating 25th + birthday, ideally women like these gifts.) Bidriware is a symbol of prestige. Ratan Tata has presented US President Barak Obama a Bidriware gift during latter’s recent India visit.

Also special invitations through Bidriware were made for the engagement of Bollywood stars Abhishek Bachchan and Karishma Kapoor.

Brassware:

The Brassware handicrafts industry is an integral part of the handicrafts and cottage industry of India. India is recognized all over world for its superlative range of decorative brass handicrafts. Brass is the alloy of Copper and Zinc. Brasswares make nice decorative things. We can maintain Brassware and restore its elegance by following some simple caring tips

Cleaning Tips:

Cleaning or dusting of Brassware is must and should be done on daily basis. Check for the finger prints and wipe it completely or else it would be clearly visible and bring down the luster of Brassware. After dusting the Brassware take the clean cotton and damp it in lukewarm water and clean the brassware with it.

Polishing Brassware:

Brassware reacts with air and tarnishes over a period of time. To avoid this, use a branded polish to polish and restore the sparkling shine of Brassware. Just get a lacquer spray. Read the user manual and follow it completely. Use a cotton cloth and apply or press all over the Brassware and leave it for 15-20 minutes and wipe the Brasswares again with fresh cotton cloth and the sparkling shine is back!!

Ammonia:

Using Ammonia will be perfect to ensure that the luster and shine stays long for long time. Just put small amount of Ammonia on soft cotton cloth and wipe the brassware. You can also make water-ammonia solutions and clean the tarnished Brassware.

Home Cleanser:

Take a table spoon of vinegar and mix some salt to it. Put this solution on the stains or on entire Brassware. Leave it for 24 hours. After 24 hours, remove the paste and use ammonia-water solution to clean it. Finally give lemon oil coating to get the lost luster and shining.

Storage Tips:

A simple way to preserve Brassware artifacts is to store them properly. Maintain an even, low humidity where metal objects are kept; ideally below 55% Relative Humidity (RH). Rapidly fluctuating temperatures will cause coatings to fail as the metal expands and contracts; this problem is most acute in the case of artifacts composed of sheet metal.

In most homes, an even environment is difficult to ensure, but generally speaking, basements in our area are damp in the summer and therefore should not be used for the storage of metal artifacts. Humidity sensors are available for those who wish to check conditions near their collections.

Do not allow dust to accumulate on stored objects. You can protect your collection by storing it on shelves padded with Ethafoam. You may choose to drape plastic or cloth curtains around storage shelves but do not place metal artifacts in sealed plastic bags; the danger of moisture condensation on the metal outweighs the benefit of dust protection.

Bronzeware Artifacts:

Bronze is a metal alloy consisting primarily of copper, usually with tin as the main additive. It is hard and brittle. Bronze metal artifacts may have looked shiny and new in the beginning but the longer they are exposed to air and moisture, the greener and duller they become. Bronze reacts with moisture (oxidation) to form a greenish layer on its surface, called patina. Here are few ways to clean and polish your bronze artifacts.

Cleaning Tips:

Pour a tablespoon of baking soda into a small dish and squeeze some lemon juice over it. The pasty mixture will bubble, but will quickly settle down. Use a small piece of soft cloth to rub this paste onto your bronze piece. Rub until you're satisfied with the clean. You can leave the mixture on the item while you work on the other pieces. Use a small piece of soft cloth to rub this paste onto your bronze piece. Wash the mixture off under running water, then dry and buff with a clean soft cloth.

Cleaning with Vinegar:

Combine equal amounts of flour and salt in a small dish and then add enough vinegar to make a paste. Smear the paste onto the bronze pieces and let stand for about 30 minutes. Wash the paste off under running water, then dry and buff with a clean soft cloth.

The recommended method of cleaning bronze is by using all natural, universal cleaning agents like lemon or vinegar. However, if you desire a high luster effect, you may need to use commercially prepared metal cleaners that have chemicals specifically formulated to remove patina. Follow the manufacturer's instructions and use chemical metal cleaners only in well-ventilated areas.

Storage Tips:

A simple way to preserve Brassware artifacts is to store them properly. Maintain an even, low humidity where metal objects are kept; ideally below 55% Relative Humidity (RH). Rapidly fluctuating temperatures will cause coatings to fail as the metal expands and contracts; this problem is most acute in the case of artifacts composed of sheet metal.

In most homes, an even environment is difficult to ensure, but generally speaking, basements in our area are damp in the summer and therefore should not be used for the storage of metal artifacts. Humidity sensors are available for those who wish to check conditions near their collections.

Do not allow dust to accumulate on stored objects. You can protect your collection by storing it on shelves padded with Ethafoam. You may choose to drape plastic or cloth curtains around storage shelves but do not place metal artifacts in sealed plastic bags; the danger of moisture condensation on the metal outweighs the benefit of dust protection.

Sandalwood Jap maala:

 

  • Wipe off the beads with a soft rag.
  • Spray the beads with wood cleanser and gently massage each bead with the same soft rag.
  • Let the beads dry.
  • Lightly brush the beads with your paintbrush dipped in sandalwood oil and let dry

 

Sandalwood Jap maala Features:

 

  • Can be worn as a Necklace or Bracelet.
  • Symbol of never-ending cycle of eternity.
  • Purifies Body, Mind and Speech.
  • Made of Pure White Mysore Sandalwood Beads