Caring for Your Furniture
Fabric Upholstery General Care
To keep your furniture looking its best, be sure to vacuum seat cushions, arms and back pillows weekly. Dust and dirt particles that accumulate on your furniture act as abrasives and cut the small fibers of the fabric causing a dingy, worn appearance. Also, be sure to rotate the seat cushions and back pillows on your furniture. This will help the cushions and backs maintain their shape and ensure even wear. Finally, avoid exposing your furniture to direct sunlight to prevent fading.
Spills – When cleaning a spill, blot with a clean white cloth. Do not rub spilled material into the upholstery fabric. If blotting with a dry cloth doesn’t remove the spill, then check the cleaning code of your fabric to determine what type of cleaning solution to choose.
Caution – Never remove cushion covers for separate dry cleaning or washing, even though they do have zippers. Never use bleach or bleach products to clean upholstery. The use of steam may cause excessive shrinkage or staining. Never use any tumble method of cleaning as this may destroy the backing of the fabric or shrink or otherwise damage the fabric.
FABRIC CLEANING CODES
Cleaning Code S – Spot clean using a mild water free solvent or dry cleaning product. Clean only in a well ventilated room and pretest a small unseen area before proceeding. Follow all instructions carefully and avoid products containing toxic materials. Use a professional furniture cleaning service when an overall soiled condition has been reached.
Cleaning Code W – Spot clean using a water-based cleaning agent such as a mild detergent or non-solvent upholstery shampoo. Pretest a small unseen area before proceeding. Apply the foam from the cleaning product only using a soft brush in a circular motion. Vacuum when dry. Use a professional furniture cleaning service when an overall soiled condition has been reached.
Cleaning Code SW – Spot clean using either method above. Always pretest a small unseen area before proceeding and follow all cleaning product instructions carefully.
Leather Upholstery General Care
To keep your furniture looking its best, be sure to vacuum seat cushions, arms and back pillows weekly. Dust and dirt particles that accumulate on your furniture act as abrasives which may damage the surface of the leather creating a worn appearance. Also, avoid exposing your furniture to any heat source or direct sunlight to prevent drying and fading of the leather.
Spills – When cleaning a spill, blot with a clean white cloth and let air dry immediately. Do not rub spilled material into the upholstery leather. Leather will initially repel most liquids. If allowed to stand over a period of time, the spill may be absorbed by the leather. In this case, the stain may dissipate over time through evaporation or the natural fiber structure of the leather. Stubborn stains may be cleaned with distilled water and the suds from Neutrogena or other non-acidic soap on a dampened sponge. Gently rub side to side or front to back, but never in circles. Patting dry with a clean dry towel is recommended to remove excess moisture. Allow to air dry. It may be necessary to repeat this process for some stains.
Caution – Never use oil soap, detergents, furniture polish, abrasive cleaning products or multi-purpose cleaners on upholstery leather as they may damage the surface of the leather beyond repair.
Decorative hardware general care
Decorative hardware including decorative nails and casters have been protected with a clear lacquer coat. Use of harsh detergents or brass polish will result in the removal of the protective layer and damage the finish of the hardware. Clean only with a damp cloth to remove dust.
Wood finish general care
Dust with a damp cloth to remove dust. Dry thoroughly with a second clean cloth. Avoid contact with moisture, heat or direct sunlight. Do not place finished legs in contact with freshly cleaned carpet until the carpet is completely dry.