Crafted of concrete and coated with a high-quality moisture-resistant sealant, Isabel Bloom sculptures require very little maintenance when kept in sheltered areas indoors.
Outdoor sculpture requires a bit more attention.
All sculpture, whether indoor our outdoor will show subtle signs of aging consistent with most fine art – from paintings to woven baskets and pottery – including slight pigment shifts and superficial lines. These enhance the character of your particular piece!
Caring for your Indoor Isabel Bloom Sculptures
Occasional dusting with a soft nylon brush – a soft old paintbrush or toothbrush is perfect! – will keep your living room figurines clean.
If you display statues in the bathroom, they may get a little sticky with hairspray, cologne and even soap residue. To clean these sculptures, water alone usually does the trick. Again, use only a soft brush to gently remove what the water and your hands won’t.
Removing Crayon Marks
Indoor Blooms often attract toddlers and puppies, who sometimes leave their marks. Here’s what to do.
Usually these marks are on top of the sealant and can be removed with a little fingernail polish remover. Just dip a q-tip into the remover and GENTLY rub over the mark.
And If They Break…
Concrete is strong, but can be chipped and even broken when dropped, chewed or knocked over. You wouldn’t believe how many labs and golden retrievers have a taste for Blooms!
Try to keep your sculptures in protected areas, away from toddlers, puppies and vacuums. And remember, the taller the sculpture, the more top heavy and apt to fall over … especially on plush carpet!
If a sculpture does break, we are happy to try to repair it for you. Bring it and all chipped or broken-off pieces to any of our stores – or ship them to us – and we’ll give you an estimate of the cost.
Caring for your Outdoor Isabel Bloom Sculptures
If you choose to display your Blooms outdoors – and many of us do! – please be aware of some of the consequences.
For one thing, outdoor concrete ages more quickly! Rain and sunshine both break down the concrete sealer. This fades the pigments more quickly. It also allows water to penetrate the sculptures, which promotes cracking.
If you’re comfortable with that aging process – and many of us are! – enjoy your outdoor Blooms. To help them age more gracefully, follow the cleaning and storage regimen below.
Cleaning Outdoor Sculptures
Mix 1 part vinegar with 1 part water. Using a soft old nylon brush – toothbrushes work well – gently scrub the areas that need to be cleaned. Don’t use a wire brush!
Rinse the entire sculpture well with clean water.
Air-dry the sculpture 2-3 days in an area with a temperature of 60 degrees or above.
When thoroughly dry, seal the sculpture with a non-oil based concrete sealer.
Tip: This cleaning process will remove dirt and algae … but will not restore the original color. Enjoy the new, naturally aged beauty of your Blooms!
Bring Blooms in for Winter
After a summer of absorbing moisture from rain and humidity, your Blooms will suffer dramatic consequences if left out for the freeze-and-thaw winter months.
The reasons come straight from your high school physics class: As water freezes, it expands. As it thaws, it contracts. When that water is inside your Bloom, guess what cracks?
So bring your Blooms in for the winter!
Repairing your Isabel Bloom Sculptures
Concrete is one of the strongest building materials available. It can hold tons of weight on busy roads, towering skyscrapers and huge dams.
But concrete has its weaknesses, too. For Blooms, the weaknesses are found in anything that sticks out. Ears, toes, fingers and hands are especially vulnerable when dropped, bumped with a vacuum or even gnawed by a puppy!
If your Bloom meets with such an unfortunate turn of events, call us.
We can help!
If you have all of the pieces – ears, fingers, toes – we can repair your sculpture 95% of the time.
Bring the sculpture and broken parts to one of our studio stores – or ship them to us (call us at 800 273 5436 before you ship)- and we’ll have our repair team evaluate the damage and give you a price for repair.
Sometimes the price of repair will come close to the cost of replacement. If the sculpture is no longer available in our stores, you might choose to have us go ahead and repair it. If it is still available, you might choose to buy a new one.
Either way, the cost for a repair evaluation is free. So bring it in and have us take a look!