Floorcloth Tip #1 How to Make the Edges Lie Flat
Your floorcloth should lie very flat to the floor. If it doesn’t people may trip over it and the edges can get bent over and cause cracking in the painted surface. If you are buying a floorcloth, check for the following:
1) That it has a hem- I prefer a sewn hem, but a well-glued hem is good too. At least a 1″ hem will provide enough weight to help keep the edge down to the floor.
2) That it lies flat on the floor when you unroll it. A floorcloth which has been rolled up for some period of time, may take a little while to unfurl. You should be able to tell if the edges are warped more than the center. That’s a bad sign.
3) That the hem is painted also. If the hem is unpainted, it may warp more than the front.
On the topic of buying a floorcloth- when you get it home adhere it to the floor with double-sided carpet tape. You won’t regret it. The floorcloth will last much longer, is much less likely to crack, and will lie nice and flat.
If you are making a floorcloth do the following:
1) Use heavyweight canvas (at least 18 oz.) and double shrink it before applying any paint. If you don’t shrink it, the canvas will curl up when you apply the paint.
2) After applying a base coat (gesso, primer or latex paint) measure and cut the canvas, allowing enough for at least a 1′ hem all the way around.
3) Press the canvas very flat before applying any paint.
Canvasworks’ prepared blanks have been shrunk, primed and hemmed so they lie nice and flat and will continue to do so for years to come!