Blessing Hill Primitives
Bee Skep Maintenance
Some of the audio was low on this video, so here's the information needed to restore your bee skep:
Clean your bee skep in a water and liquid dish soap solution. Do not let your skep soak in the water for a long time. Use a tooth brush and gently scrub the skep. Hose off inside and out with a regular spray. I used a jet spray, but I recommend a regular spray setting. Let the skep air dry thoroughly before re-staining. I use a MinWax Wood Finish stain and apply the stain with a foam brush. Have a couple on hand. I like to start staining on the inside of the skep at the top and work around and down. The stain will leak through the reed onto the surface, so use surface protection. I use a clear trash bag. The stain will penetrate to the outside of the skep as well. Next, apply stain to the outside of the skep. Only one coat should be needed since it has already been stained when purchased, but you may determine if it needs another coat. Let dry thoroughly between coats. I like to sit the skep on the protected surface and let the stain drip down, and periodically remove the excess stain left at the bottom of the skep and on the table. I use a cloth to remove the stain, but be sure to read the instructions on the MinWax can about disposal of cloths. They can start a fire if just tossed into a trash can! Read the MinWax cautions and instructions and follow them! Wear gloves to protect your hands and appropriate clothes.