Furniture Care

Keep It Clean

Regularly vacuuming your upholstered furniture is the single best way to keep it looking new. In the case of a liquid spill, blot the spill immediately with white cotton or tissue. Soiled areas should be vacuumed and then cleaned with either a solution of warm water and a mild detergent and a 100% cotton cloth; or with a mild solvent. Product tags usually contain cleaning recommendations. Pre-testing is always advised.

Things to Avoid

Excessive sun exposure is guaranteed to destroy furniture. It can cause leather and vinyl to fade, dry out or crack. Dust, which acts as a mild abrasive, greatly increases the rate of wear. Natural oils, acids, and moisture produced by the skin, as well as body lotion and sweat, will be absorbed by any cover potentially staining the cover. Body oil and sweat will cause vinyl and leather to harden and crack. This damage cannot be repaired.

Cushions

Seat cushions should be turned over regularly and moved around so they will wear evenly and keep their shape. Sitting on the same seat will cause it to wear differently than the rest. Zippers are used on cushions for better fit, and their presence is not an indication that covers should be removed for cleaning. NEVER put cushion covers in the washing machine. Tighten string buttons by turning clockwise; loosen by turning counterclockwise.

Microfiber / Microsuede Fabric Care

These fabrics are excellent when it comes to stain resistance. To keep it looking its best, we suggest vacuuming regularly to remove dust and dirt. Be sure to clean spills up immediately to prevent liquids from soaking up in the material or cushions. Soak up any liquids with a light blotting technique and try not to rub with pressure. You will also want to occasionally deep clean your sofa with a water based cleaner, be sure to check the tags for any specific instructions. We also suggest brushing your sofa, microfiber material can become slightly stiff if the tiny fibers become entangled. Brushing the fabric will liven it back up.

Leather Care

All leather has natural markings, including variations of shade and tone, nicks, scratches, and wrinkles that only occur in genuine leather. These characteristics distinguish genuine leather from man-made materials. Some marks which will appear on the surface of your leather are healed scratches, barbed wire marks, wrinkles
and insect bites and are in no way to be considered a defect. Grain patterns and the color of the leather will vary from hide to hide and also within the same hide. These natural markings will not affect the durability or construction of your piece, but is your assurance that you have a true leather hide.

Spot Cleaning

Blot any spills immediately; do not rub. To remove a spot, use a solution of ½ mild soap (Neutrogena) and ½ distilled water on a slightly dampened cloth or sponge. Rinse by blotting with distilled water. Blot to remove excess water. For difficult stains, contact a professional cleaning service

General Cleaning

Dust regularly and wipe with a slightly dampened soft cloth. Do not rub strongly. Leather needs gentle care. Every month use a leather conditioner to keep your leather clean and supple. Leather conditioner is like a moisturizer for your skin. It helps preserve your leather furniture.

Bonded Leather

Bonded leather contains leather and a polyurethane layer, making for a very durable material that is easy to care for. Although bonded leather is durable, it can be vulnerable to fading or discoloration if harsh abrasives or alkaline type cleaners are used. Use a soft damp cloth to remove dirt or body oils. For tougher stains use a no alkaline, no detergent soap and a soft cloth. Test cleaning in a hidden area to ensure the product you use is safe for cleaning your bonded leather surface. Take care to not rub stains and spills, but rather blot them up first.

Reclining Care

With proper care, your recliner will give you many years of enjoyment. Recliner mechanisms are typically tested for twenty-five thousand cycles of opening and closing.

It’s helpful to do the following

Always sit down gently on the recliner. When sitting upright in the chair, always engage the reclining mechanism using firm and smooth pressure. When returning the recliner to the upright position, lean forward using your calves to retract the footrest while also pushing the handle forward. Make sure that all four legs of your recliner are level and securely touching the floor. Floors tend to be uneven especially near walls.

Please avoid the following

Never allow a child to climb onto your lap or feet while in the reclined position. This may bend the mechanism. Unsupervised children and recliners do not mix. Keep children and their hands away from the interior moving parts. Never lean sideways when you are in the reclined position. The tendency here is to push off the footrest, which could cause damage. Never stand up without completely closing the mechanism. When moving the chair, never grab, hold or pull by the footrest. Carry the chair from the base.

Power Furniture

If the power stops working, check the following:
• Make sure everything is connected.
• Unplug the power cord from the wall outlet.
• Disconnect and reconnect all connections.
• Make sure no wires are cut or frayed. If they are, discontinue use.
• Reconnect power cord to the wall outlet.

Wood Care

Dust wooden surfaces weekly with a damp cotton cloth. Window cleaner may be used on plastic laminates—never use window cleaner or other household cleaners on wood surfaces! A slightly damp cloth with just water works best. Use a lint-free cloth to polish on a weekly basis. Keep furniture away from heating and air conditioning sources to prevent loss of moisture. Use felt backing on lamps and other accessories to prevent scratches and gouges. Use placemats under plates and hot pads under serving dishes. Use coasters under all beverages. Do not use abrasives or harsh chemicals on wood furniture.

Polishing/Waxing

For opened grained woods, use beeswax formulations such as “Howard’s™” For finished surfaces with covered wood grains, use a non-silicone, lightweight wax/polish such as those sold in grocery stores. DO NOT OVER-WAX OR OIL. Modern finishes do not require continual polishing.

With care, a dining table will last for many years. The following are some good guidelines to remember.

Dining Tables – Things to Avoid

With extension tables, it is important to ensure that moisture does not remain in the seams of the table top after use or cleaning. Prolonged moisture exposure may destroy the finish and ruin the core of your table. Do not leave unbreathable plastic coverings on wood dining tables for prolonged periods. Plastic will trap moisture (even moisture from humidity) and damage the wood. Never leave standing water, glasses containing chilled liquids or hot containers on the table. This kind of neglect can cause moisture rings, veneer lifting, finish checking, or crazing. Your table is not guaranteed against moisture damage due to neglect.

Replacing/Removing Table Leaves

Inserting and removing the leaves of a table requires two people—one at each end. When inserting a leaf, place the leaf over the table runners so that the pins and holes match up correctly. In addition use the wood’s grain to properly arrange the leaves. Occasionally, the bottom of the table will have chalk lines and numbers that indicate the correct order. Then from both ends of the table, gently push the table together. If the table is sitting on carpet, lifting up on the table reduces the stress placed on the leg joints, which can be damaged. Pushing can damage the legs.

Marble Care

Stone, including marble, slate, granite and travertine, is quite durable but should not be treated as indestructible. These beautiful materials are quarried from all over the world. Every region is unique in color, veining, pits and seams. These are hallmark characteristics of a natural material. From piece-to-piece, and even on a single quarried slab, there will be color variations. Stone surfaces will have pits and fissures that appear as cracks. They result from immense heat and pressure, which formed the stone eons ago. These characteristics are part of the natural beauty and do not impair the function or durability of the material.

Marble Furniture Care

Use coasters under glasses, especially if they contain alcohol or citrus juices. Use trivets or mats under hot dishes or cookware. Use placemats under china, ceramics, silver or other objects that may scratch the stone surface. Clean with warm water. Dip sponge or clean cloth into the water. Wring out excess liquid as much as possible. Wipe surface. Dry surface immediately after cleaning. Do not use vinegar, bleach, ammonia or other general-purpose cleaners.