How To Care For Burlap

After you’ve received ¬†your custom made burlap bags and put them to work, you’ll also need to occasionally clean them to make sure they remain in the most durable, helpful condition. Keeping burlap isn’t a hard thing to do, but you may want to follow a few tips.

Cleaning your burlap before storing it away for the season is critical as leftover residue on the fabric will attract insects, irreparably damaging one of the most helpful accessories in your gardening or agriculture operation.

To clean, begin by filling a (clean) sink or washtub with cold water. Warm or hot water might cause shrinkage. Machine washing your burlap isn’t advised, as the natural jute fiber in burlap bags will easily deteriorate in the harsh atmosphere of your washing machine. If you do choose to machine wash, your machine may experience problems in the future because burlap can produce large amounts of lint. Once you’ve filled the tub or sink with cool water, add a small amount of gentle detergent. Let the burlap sit, but for no more than five minutes. If the fabric sits too long, it may begin to fray.

After you’ve let the fabric sit, rinse well, and lay it flat between two towels to dry. Though you might think it will speed up the process, don’t wring the burlap, as twisting it can also cause damage. If your burlap bags have stains, blot (don’t rub or scrub) the fabric with a wet sponge, and blot the leftover dampness immediately.

Do your burlap bags smell after use? Sprinkle baking soda onto the fabric and lay it outside, but not in direct sunlight; a screened in porch is ideal. After a few hours, turn the fabric and apply more baking soda to the other side. For more persistent odors, let the fabric sit in (indirect) sunlight and apply vinegar or lemon juice. The acids in these liquids will help remove the odors without damaging the integrity of your fabric. After applying your chosen treatment, rinse the fabric as described in the steps above.

When you plan on storing your burlap bags, make sure they are clean and dry, following the steps we’ve provided. If you want to avoid creases or wrinkles in your bags, we suggest rolling them. Store bags in a cool and clean place, since burlap draws in moisture from the air and can mold easily. Your storing place should also not be in direct sunlight, as the bags will dry and fade, leaving them fragile and brittle when you need them next.

If you have more questions about how to clean and store your burlap bags, or how customized burlap bags might assist your operations, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

The Perfect Bag For Your Seeds

For years sustainable gardeners have saved seeds and reproduced the plants the following harvest season. Commercial Bag and Supply is happy to provide our gardeners and farmers with the necessary accessories they need for a successful year of saving, planting, and harvesting.

When you to plan to save seeds and use them in the following season’s harvest, you’ll need to follow a few steps.

First, collect the seeds. The seeds you’re looking for need to be reliable for growth, otherwise they may not germinate. Parent seeds are likely candidates for germination whereas hybrids are less reliable and will often times disappoint with no growth at all.

Once you’ve collected the seeds, dry them. You can do this one of two ways. Keep the seed pod or dried flower head in an open paper bag and wait. Once you think the seeds might be dry, shake the bag, and they should come loose. Rinse them, and place on a paper towel to dry. You can also place the seeds on a cookie sheet and place it in the oven. If you choose this option, make sure the heat does not exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit. With either process, the drier your seeds are the better; optimum seed storage occurs with less than 8% moisture.

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After you’ve dried the seeds, keep them in a closed container. Here’s where we can help. We offer customizable cotton seed storage bags that provide your seeds with a dry, but¬†breathable environment while you’re waiting to plant. Seed storage bags are ideal for extending the shelf life of your product by limiting rot or mold growth, and offer easy transportation by being both durable and lightweight. Just send us a request for more information.

 

If you prefer to store your seeds in a sealed jar keep a cheesecloth bag of dry powdered milk at the bottom of the jar, and store the jars in a cool place. Change the powdered milk every six months.

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Most seeds will keep for at least a year, but there are some that will keep longer or shorter than others. If you’re planting corn, onion, parsley, parsnip, or pepper, use these seeds quicker than the others. Crops like asparagus, beans, broccoli, carrots, celery, leeks, peas, and spinach have the potential to keep for up to 3-4 years.