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HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR FURNITURE


Accidents are part of life. If you don't know how to deal with them when the need arises you could end up with ruined furniture. Furniture is one of the largest purchases one makes in a life time so its important to correctly care for your furniture to ensure they are able to be enjoyed for many years. Furniture like clothes have a specific cleaning method to help consumers care for their specific piece of furniture. Below we break the specific methods for different types of furniture, remember that good product care and maintenance will help ensure you get the best out of your purchase.

General approach to furniture care.

For furniture located near a window, we recommend using window treatments to prevent furniture from discoloring, this is the best thing to do. Heating and air outlets will also fade fabrics and leather, as well as damage the fibers over an extended period of time.

Avoid using harsh chemicals, in fact its better to use Eco-Friendly methods, like vinegar and water, Bicarb.

Dining room with Italian furniture

Different methods for each item.

Glass: Water does wonders.
Get a spray bottle, top it up water and spray across the glass, then wipe.

Wood: Water or Windowlene 
For water, use same method as above. Windowlene helps remove fine scratches on lacquered wood, this is handy since most modern wood furniture today are lacquered, apply a little on a soft cloth and wipe.

Stainless Steel, Chrome & Other Metals: Just a soft cloth
Any form of metal, even Stainless Steel with long exposure to water in any form, could get rusted with time. A good practice to prevent tarnishing over time is to use a dry soft cloth at least once a week to wipe the metal, any residual build up of water through steam or humidity will simply be wiped off before any damage can be done.

Fabric: never take the cushion cover cover off to clean.
To clean a spill or mark, without rubbing, immediately blot  with a dry, absorbent white cloth. Mix  lukewarm water with a neutral soap like Dove, then take the suds on a cloth and gently wipe the affected area. Dust regularly and every few years, use a professional furniture cleaning service when an overall cleaning is needed. 

Leather: clean with a soft, slightly damp white cloth.
After wiping clean, gently rub with a soft dry cloth. Never use polishes, oils, ammonia, cleaning fluids, solvents or detergents to clean leather upholstery. The use of these cleaning agents may cause damage. For professional cleaning and repair only use Leather Guard.

For preventative maintenance instructions on care and conditioning, please contact your sales consultant.

For all sofa's: Rotate and fluff seat and back cushions regularly. Vacuum regularly with upholstery attachment.
This will prevent the cushion core from wearing prematurely, will preserve the fabric color and control welt slippage. Even though dust may not always be apparent, it settles into your upholstery and besides making it dirty, it  may eventually damage the fibers if not removed.

One last thing.

There are many products out in the market today but not all can be trusted, especially for leather. We recommend Leather Guard, made in South Africa in Grahams Town. Each care kit on average use, has a 2 year supply, of a cleaner, cream and ink killer. For more information, don't hesitate to contact us.

Leather being touched