PRODUCT CARE

 

 

Product Care

 

 

HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR FINE FURNITURE


Wood is a natural material with variations of color shade, configuration, streaks, and grain structure. Just as trees in the forest are not the same, each individual piece of furniture has characteristics markings that will differ from photo and showroom samples.

When you place fine furniture into your home or office, give it the care it deserves. Careful and regular waxing is the most important element in the care of fine furniture. Each time you wax a fine surface you improve its effect and preserve the life of the piece. This is the best protection from permanent damage to a lacquer finish.

 

Other Tips to Help Preserve Your Fine Furniture Investment

 

Wood is a natural product. Sun bleaching will occur when wood furniture is exposed to sunlight. This will cause darker finishes to lighten and sometimes cause lighter finishes to darken. For this reason, try to avoid placing furniture in direct sunlight and rearrange accessories from time to time to prevent spot bleaching. Some bleaching will occur under both incandescent and fluorescent lighting. Arrange your furniture so that it does not sit near heat registers, air-conditionings units or radiators. It is important to keep the home or office in which your furniture is placed properly humidified. Lack of humidity, usually in the winter months or in dry climates, can cause certain veneers to crack or check, and joint to work.

Some plastic feet on computers, calculators, telephones and other rubber or plastic products, such as placemats, and vinyl notebook binders etc. contain a plasticizing agent that may discolor or soften the lacquer finish on fine furniture. Always use felt pads under these articles to prevent discoloration or softening of the lacquer. Articles such as glasses, bookends, flowerpots, and hot cups and dishes should have cloth or felt type pads on them. Beware of some felt pads that have a pre-glued side as some of these adhesives contain chemicals that can damage the lacquer. Always remember to lift objects rather than sliding them across the finish.

Arrange your furniture so that it does not sit near heat registers, any direct heat source or direct sunlight. Remember, even the finest furniture will deteriorate with neglect. Remember, when you put the fine furniture into your home or office, give it the care it deserves to preserve the life of the piece for generations to enjoy

 

 

 

 

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LEATHER

 

Simple care to make leather last a lifetime.

 

Leather furniture should be dusted lightly with a dry or slightly damp,soft white cloth. Avoid using saddle soap or other cleaners. For stains, clean the surrounding area with lukewarm water and a soft white cloth.If the stain persists,gently blot the area using a mild liquid detergent and a soft white cloth. Never vigorously rub a stained area. If vacuum cleaning, use a soft brush nozzle to avoid scratching the surface. Protect leather from direct sunlight and sources of heat to prevent colour fading.

 

   

UPHOSLTERY

 

Retain the look that made you fall in love with it.

 

Always make sure that you choose fabric/upholstered furniture that is appropriate for your lifestyle. For example, synthetic fibers are a better choice for upholstered furniture that sit in areas of heavy usage. We also offer removable covers on many of our products so that they can easily be washed. To extend the life of your cushions, switch the seat and back cushions on a regular basis so to ensure even wear over the years. Cushions with a filling of fibre or foam/feathers should be shaken regularly to ensure form stability.

 

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MARBLE

 

Marble is porous and will stain if left unprotected. Marble can be cleaned with a mild detergent and warm water, rinsed with clean water and wiped with a clean, soft cloth to assure no residue remains.Use coasters underneath drinks and hot objects to protect the surface.

 

   

WALNUT WOOD

 

Any prolonged exposure to liquids or oily foods will penetrate the protective layer and create a stain on the wood. As a general rule, any spills should be immediately removed by wiping with a damp cloth until all residue is removed, otherwise it will cause a permanent stain.


We recommend using a cloth that has been dipped in warm soapy water and squeezed and then use a damp/dry cloth to wipe down a final time. Please do not use any chemical products – this includes furniture cleaners such as Pledge.


Please always use placemats for hot and cold glasses, hot dishes, pizza boxes, flower vases and pot plants – basically anything that could create a stain.

 

 

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CUSHION MAINTENANCE

 

All upholstery pieces should be dusted on a regular basis with a vacuum cleaner. Delicate fabrics should be brushed rather than vacuumed so as not to damage fibers. Down filled cushions brushed rather than vacuumed so as not to pull out feathers. Seat Cushions should be reversed regularly, and left, right, and center sofa cushions should be rotated to achieve maximum wear. All back pillows and throw pillows should be rotated and fluffed every 1 to 2 weeks, depending on use to keep a luxurious appearance. Down-filled cushions should be removed twice a year from covers and left overnight to allow the feathers and down to decompress.

   

 

LACQUER FURNITURE

 

A lacquer finish looks beautiful on any piece of furniture. For the most part lacquer is a hard finish, but it's susceptible to scratches, chips and wear. Cleaning lacquer isn't done in the same way as other types of finishes.

 

If you have a piece of furniture that is subject to spills it may be a good idea to place a protective runner or table cloth on it.If your lacquered furniture is a dresser or other item that doesn't get a lot of liquid near it, just be sure to wipe away any spills that may happen from time to time. 


The best way to clean lacquer is to use a mild soap and warm water. Once it't cleaned, you want to take a soft dry cloth and wipe any excess water away. Remember water can be death to lacquer finishes if left alone. 


A lacquer finish can be easily scratched. Don't drag items like knick knacks across the finish. Don't leave heavy items in a place that can be tipped over. You can add small rubber feet to the bottom of any decorative items to prevent scratching.

 

 

 

 

 

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RUGS MAINTENANCE

 

Area rugs are a beautiful way to pull a room together. They add color and warmth, and feel good under bare feet. To make a rug last for years, you need to clean and maintain it. When it's time to deep clean you can roll it up and send it out to a professional, or you can do it yourself and save a ton of money. Here's how to clean a rug and remove stains without spending a fortune.

 

First, vacuum the rug on front and back to remove surface dirt and debris. Use the brush attachment to remove pet hair. Take the rug outside and lay flat on a waterproof surface. A driveway or patio is perfect.


If you're using a store-bought rug shampoo, follow the instructions on mixing and on how to clean a rug. You can also make your own cleaner by mixing a few squirts of liquid dish soap into a bucket of warm water. Don't use hot water as it could shrink and fade the rug. Test the solution in a small, inconspicuous area of the rug to make sure it's colorfast. If the colors don't run, you're ready to go.

 

Using a sponge or a soft-bristled cleaning brush, apply the cleaning solution to the rug and work it into a lather. Do not oversaturate the rug. Allow the cleaner to sit on the rug for 5 minutes. Use your garden hose to rinse the rug off. Use a wet/dry vacuum to remove as much water as possible from the rug. Leave the rug outdoors until it's completely dry before returning the clean area rug to its place in the house.You may need to flip it over and allow the rug to dry one side at a time.