We understand that furniture is an investment that you’ll want to enjoy for some years to come. That’s why it’s important to know how to care for it. Here, we’ll take you through how to care for your new furniture, whatever it’s made from.
General Care Instructions
Before we get into the specifics of caring for different types of furniture, here are some general tips to bear in mind when welcoming a new piece of furniture into your home:
- Take care when moving furniture - dragging it across the floor will loosen and damage the joints and possibly your floor. Always lift and move
- From time to time check and tighten any fittings
- Avoid exposing your furniture to direct and prolonged periods of sunlight and heat sources as colour fading may occur
- Take care to prevent sharp objects e.g. toys, buckles and heels from coming into contact with your furniture, and avoid contact with chemicals and abrasive materials which may permanently mark the surface
- We strongly advise purchasing additional felt pads to place on feet of your furniture, to protect the contact between the furniture and your wooden or tiled floor.
Caring for glass and marble furniture
Tempered or toughened glass is specifically manufactured to create a product that is extremely durable and resistant to heat. One of the main characteristics of tempered glass is that unlike “ordinary” glass, tempered glass shatters into smaller, less angular fragments, reducing the risk of injury if the glass were to be broken. Although our glass and marble furniture is durable and long lasting, they must still be handled appropriately.
- Always handle glass and marble with care.
- Always supervise young children around glass and marble products.
- Never sit or stand on glass or marble surfaces.
- Do not use the glass or marble surfaces as a chopping surface.
- Do not strike the glass or marble with hard or pointed items.
- In exceptional circumstances, a scratched surface or damaged edge may cause glass to break unexpectedly. Avoid impacts on the side or edges of the glass, as this is where the glass is most vulnerable.
- Never place hot or cold items directly onto glass or marble surfaces as this could cause thermal shock (it could also trigger glass to shatter). Always use placemats and coasters to protect glass and marble surfaces from heat, cold and moisture.
- If your glass or marble furniture gets chipped or damaged stop using it and dispose of it safely.
To ensure that your dining furniture continues to look exceptional, be sure to follow the below cleaning advice;
- Dust regularly with a clean dry cloth.
- Wipe up any spills with a damp cloth and then dry the surface with a clean dry duster.
- Repeat this procedure for periodic cleaning.
- Remove stubborn stains and greasy marks with a glass-cleaner and a damp cloth or leather shammy, and dry with a clean cloth.
- The use of furniture polish or spray is not necessary or recommended.
- Never use abrasive cleaning agents as these can scratch and damage the glass surface.
Caring for upholstery
With the right care and attention, fabric upholstery can be kept in top condition as long as any other material. We recommend cleaning your upholstery regularly to keep it spotless, and following the below tips will ensure that your furniture remains in the best condition for as long as possible.
- Plump your cushions firmly to keep their shape.
- If your cushions are not fixed, rotate and turn them to avoid uneven wear.
- Never sit or stand on the back or arms of the sofa
- Be aware that dye from none colour fast clothing and garments can transfer onto fabric and is usually more noticeable on light fabric colours such as whites, creams and silver.
To ensure that your sofa continues to look exceptional, be sure to follow the below cleaning advice;
- Vacuum your sofa’s upholstery every fortnight, to draw out all the loose dust and dirt from both under and above the surface.
- React quickly to any spills or stains, and wipe up immediately with a damp cloth
- For a deeper clean, use a fabric-friendly cleaning product once per month.
- When cleaning, use a soft and gentle movements to avoid scratching or marking the material. This is especially important for delicate fabrics like velvet.
- Always leave your sofa to dry naturally before sitting on it again, or use a hairdryer to avoid water marks.
- Loose covers that can be removed are more convenient and are often machine washable. Please check labels to be sure
Caring for velvet
Velvet is known for its pile, which – depending on the way it's moved – can change the appearance of the fabric. Because of the way it's woven, velvet pile will naturally crush over time, but this is part of its antiquing process and doesn't affect its durability. Don’t panic, in the short term the you can simply brush to fluff the pile back up.
Specific tips for maintaining velvet are:
- Always brush velvet in the direction of the pile
- Turn the cushions regularly, and gently brush or vacuum (with an upholstery attachment or cloth-covered regular nozzle) weekly
- Soak up spilled liquids immediately by blotting with a dry cloth. Never rub or put pressure on the affected area as you might push the stain in deeper.
- Once you've soaked up most of the spillage, use a hairdryer at a distance to make sure the velvet's properly dried. Once dry, go over the area with a velvet brush to prevent matting