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  Furniture Care

Furniture is made to be used and enjoyed, so it will benefit from a little care and attention.
Below are a few simply guides to help you to protect and care for your furniture.


GENERAL FURNITURE CARE
FABRIC CARE
LEATHER CARE
STONE
WOOD FINISHES




GENERAL FURNITURE CARE

Dust frequently with a cloth that attracts rather than scatters dust.

Dining Tables should be left extended for the first few months to avoid uneven shading.

Any objects on the surface need to be moved regularly to avoid shading. ie Lamps etc...

Never leave spillages, remove them immediately with a blotting action.

For protection against heat, quality tablemats and cloths should always be used, Take care that no area of the plate or dish overhangs the tablemat.

When writing, a protective mat should be used to protect the surface from marking.

Furniture will endure most temperatures in the modern home, However it should be positioned as far away from radiators, direct sunlight or other forms of direct heat sources, as possible.

Avoid extremes in humidity, This can cause wood to warp and loosen glues. Keep furniture away from air conditioning units.

Small tables should not be used for sitting or standing on.

It is always advisable to level furniture when placing it, This will ensure wardrobe doors are level and removes undue pressures on joints.

Never drag furniture! - Always lift it.

Avoid using any polish that contains alcohol, ammonia or any acids.

The repeated use of a polish containing silicone is not recommended as it will lead to a build up of a silicone film altering the appearance of the furniture.

Disconnect any light fittings from the mains before changing bulbs in cabinets.


Metal Handing and fittings
Metal polish should not be used as the handle and fittings have their own protective lacquer to prevent tarnishing.

Glass or Mirrored panels
Should be cleaned using a non solvent based glass cleaner and soft cloth, carefully avoiding contact with any wooden or painted sections of the furniture.



FABRIC CARE

For fabric upholstered items an occasional vacuum on a low setting with a soft brush will help keep your upholstery clean.

Avoid sharp objects on upholstered furniture which may snag the fabric.

Treat all stains and spillages immediately.
Test any cleaning in a small, non-visible area first.
Soak up any spills with a absorbent cloth with a blotting action.
Always work form the edge of the stain inwards to avoid spreading.
Do not use an abrasive cloth or rub excessively.
If in doubt please consult a specialist dry cleaner.



LEATHER CARE

Leather is a natural product and as such will always bear the marks of its natural origin. The natural features of genuine leather represent the best evidence of authenticity and as such should not be considered defects. It is very resistant to wear and, with day to day use, will develop a patina which enhances its beauty and natural characteristics.

Avoid sharp objects that may snag the leather or scratch the surface. All leather should not be exposed to direct sunlight, as this will cause colours to fade. It is imperative not to use any harsh detergents as they could have a harmful effect on the surface layer of the leather.

Treat all stains and spillages immediately.
Test any cleaning in a small, non-visible area first.
Soak up any spills with a absorbent cloth with a blotting action.
Always work form the edge of the stain inwards to avoid spreading.
Do not use an abrasive cloth or rub excessively.
If in doubt please consult a specialist dry cleaner.

Stain Removal
If in any doubt please contact a specialist dry cleaner.

Step 1 - Without rubbing, remove as much of the stain as possible with a dry cotton cloth.
Step 2 - Moisten another cotton cloth in water.
Step 3 - Lightly clean the stained area with circular movements.
Step 4 - Dry the cleaned surface with a soft cloth.
Step 5 - When water is not enough, which happens rarely, the stain can be simply removed with a neutral soap.
Step 6 - Moisten another cotton cloth in water and neutral soap. Then clean the area with circular movements applying light pressure.
Step 7 - Rinse well using a moist cotton cloth, then dry with a soft cloth to restore the leather to its original luster.



STONE

Travertine
A stone formed by minerals from dripping or running cold water from limestone hills. The holes are where are where organic matter has been washed away.

Marble
Recrystalised limestone between 150 - 400 million years old.

Granite
Volcanic magma formed deep within the earth about 2,900 million years ago.

If all the materials used for table tops e.g glass, wood, laminate or store were subjected to exactly the same test in a laboratory for heat, stain, burn, abrasion and impact, then stone would always come out somewhere near the top.

It is recommended you clean the surface with a cloth and warm water, in the case of stubborn marks white spirit may be used, With softer stones like marbles it is recommended you wax the surface with a clear wax to help give you a barrier against accidental spillages.

All natural materials have natural features which cannot always be avoided e.g. pine has knots in it - stone also has some features, the most common being:

Pinholes - which can look like little chips on the surface. These are tiny voids which were full of gas or moisture when the stone was created.
Venting - which appears similar to cracks. These are caused by moisture and gases as well as the pressure of the earth's crush forcing the material to move.

Neither are a weakness and will not become worse in use.

Normal domestic temperature changes will not effect the stone. If your table is for outside use, cover the top in the winter to prevent the weather and nature form leaving marks that would be hard to clean the next summer.

Stone will give you a life long product that is relatively easy to maintain, has taken millions of years to develop and each piece is unique.



WOOD FINISHES

All wood varies in grain pattern and colour and no two pieces of wood are alike, this gives each piece of furniture a unique character.
Regardless of the finish applied to the wood, furniture will become a little darker and richer in colour with time, this is due to the action of light on the wood. Any new pieces added to a collection will initially appear lighter, the difference will disappear as the new furniture mellows.

Lacquered and Painted finishes
Clean with a soft dry or slightly damp cloth. Sticky marks can be removed with a dilute solution of warm soapy water but must be fully dry before ornaments are replaced.

Oiled finish
Dust in the direction of the grain with a dry, lint free cloth. If the wood starts to look dry it can be refreshed by lightly re-oiling with Danish oil, always make sure the surface is dry and dust free before applying any oil.

Waxed finish
Dust in the direction of the grain with a dry, lint free cloth. If the furniture becomes scratched or marked, rub some soild wax into the damaged area to exclude moisture. If the wood starts to look dry it can be refreshed by re-waxing with a light coat of soft wax polish. Always make sure the surface is dry and dust free before applying the wax. Avoid buffing the surface too much after applying a coat of wax as the will result in a 'shiny' surface.

 
 
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