HOW TO CARE FOR FURNITURE WITH FABRIC UPHOLSTERY
Whether or not your upholstered furnishings are purely decorative or both functional and stylish, careful cleaning and maintenance of the fabric grants long term satisfaction.
To fully enjoy your fabric seating and ensure its longevity, please follow a few basic rules:
- Don’t place your seating near a fireplace that’s in use.
- Avoid exposure to excessive sunlight.
- Be careful with jeans that can transfer colour onto the fabric: this may be unfixable.
- Don’t expose your seating to scratches from pets or sharp objects (e.g. studs, buckles).
CLEANING & MAINTENANCE
Routine maintenance helps keep your upholstered furniture in perfect condition. Vacuum clean the upholstery regularly to keep the fabric in good shape and prevent dust, hair and crumbs from settling into the body of the furniture. Be careful with fringes and tassels: vacuum clean them only with low power.
Remove spills and other accidental stains as soon as possible, but never with harsh soaps or detergents. In the case of an old and dried up stain, the first step is always vacuuming.
For stain removal use a specialized stain cleaner such as HG stain remover or a similar product. Follow the instruction on the packaging and always try the solution on an inconspicuous part of the upholstery before using it on a more noticeable portion.
To maintain the original softness and resilience of the cushions, hand fluff and reverse the cushions regularly.
HOW TO CARE FOR WOOD VENEER
Veneer furniture is covered in a thin layer of real hardwood. Veneers are often used in high end furniture pieces and can be more costly than solid wood. Mid 20th century it became especially popular in interiors when teak wood was often used for Danish design furniture.
To fully enjoy your wood veneer furniture, please follow a few basic rules:
- Avoid exposure to direct sunlight and excessive heat or dampness.
- Be careful not to leave a wet ring on the surface after watering flowers or plants.
- Don’t expose the furniture to scratches from pets or sharp objects.
- Use coasters and place felt pads under lamp bases and accessories.
CLEANING & MAINTENANCE
Wood veneer requires gentle care to preserve the finish. Dust regularly and clean with a soft dry cloth.
Remove spills immediately as moisture can cause the veneer to peel off the surface. Prevent moisture from getting underneath the veneer by quickly and thoroughly cleaning up any spills. In case of water rings, rub the area with naphtha. Follow up with an application of oil or petroleum jelly to completely erase the mark.
HOW TO CARE FOR METAL FINISHES AND MARBLE
Metallic finishes and marble are popular in the design world since they can add an enhanced sense of glamour and style to any interior space. Careful cleaning and maintenance ensures that you will enjoy your furniture for years to come.
Polished Stainless Steel and Metallic Finishes
Dust off polished stainless steel and metal finishes regularly with a feather duster or soft clean cloth. Remove stubborn stains with tepid water or a mild household cleaner. Never use hot water, caustic chemicals or adhesive removers. Avoid paper towels, squeegees, and the like.
Clean silver-plated items with a soft sponge with lukewarm water. Dip a clean cloth into silver polish and apply it in a thin film to the object. Gently rub the polish into the silver plating with a polishing cloth made for silver. Wash the item if it is to be used for serving food. Remove any excess silver polish with lukewarm water and a small amount of mild washing up liquid.
Clean polished stainless steel and metallic finishes with diluted cleaner. Apply a small amount directly to a clean cloth and gently wipe the surface. If the finish is not altered or transferred to the cloth, continue with cleaning the rest of the product. Remove any cleaner residue with a clean cloth dampened with tepid water, then dry with a clean cloth. Do not let air dry.
Regularly polish metallic finished parts with products that are made specifically for the care of polished metals, or with vinegar. For light polishing, dilute vinegar with water (1/2 cup of vinegar for every quart of water). Moisten a soft cloth in the diluted vinegar and polish the item. Use undiluted vinegar on items with heavy staining.
Marble and Travertine
Since marble is easily stained, etched, and dulled, it’s important to know how to take care of it well. Dust the surface once or twice a week with a soft cloth. Marble stains very quickly, so clean up orange juice, coffee, wine, and other drinks (or food) with strong pigments immediately and rinse with a clean, damp cloth. Don’t leave any water on marble surfaces, as this could stain.
Clean as gentle as possible, never use abrasive cleaners or dusting sprays. Wash the marble periodically with a cloth dampened with lukewarm water, and, if necessary, a bit of mild dishwashing liquid. Gently run the cloth over the surface, making a circular motion. Remove the soap with another damp cloth and wipe the marble dry with a chamois.
To maintain the stone's luster, regularly apply marble polish. Be sure to use a polish that it is specifically intended for marble, since certain chemicals can harm marble.
Travertine is also a form of limestone. This sedimentary rock is typically formed in springs, rivers, and lakes. It often has a fibrous or concentric appearance and exists in white, tan, cream-coloured, and even rusty varieties.
There are a few basic rules for getting the most out of your marble furniture and ensuring its longevity:
- Be careful of wet rings forming on the surface after watering flowers or plants.
- Place coasters or trivets under glasses and dishes to prevent the formation of ring marks.
- Never expose marble or travertine furniture to sharp objects which can scratch the limestone.
- Never use vinegar, ammonia, bleach, lemon or orange to clean marble or travertine, as acids can cause these limestones to corrode.
HOW TO CARE FOR OUTDOOR FURNITURE MADE OF ALUMINIUM
Our Outdoor Furniture Collection is made of aluminium. This material does not rust and is low maintenance. To clean the furniture, first remove the cushions. Then hose it down if needed, or clean with a soft cloth with water or a mild detergent. Do not use abrasive cleaning materials.
The cushions are upholstered in 100% Sunbrella® acrylic. This sublime fabric is UV and fade resistant, mold and mildew resistant and water repellent.
To protect your outdoor furniture long term year round and prolong the usage time, we recommend the use of a waterproof furniture covers and inside storage of the cushions.
CLEANING & MAINTENANCE
The best ways to keep the cushions looking good is to brush off dirt before it becomes embedded in the fabric. Wipe up spills or clean right after a stain occurs. The quicker you do this, the better:
- Blot (don’t rub) liquid spills with a clean, dry cloth. For oil-based spills, apply an absorbent such as corn starch, then remove with a straight edge.
- Spray on a mild cleaning solution of soap (such as Dawn or Woolite) and water.
- Rinse the fabric thoroughly to remove all soap residue.
- Air dry.
If cleaning by hand doesn’t get the stain completely out, try machine washing:
- Remove the cushion covers.
- Close all zippers.
- Machine wash in cold water on the delicate cycle with normal amounts of mild laundry detergent.
- Air dry.