Furniture Care

Significant skill and effort has been expended designing and tailor-making your furniture. With careful maintenance your furniture will give you many years of enjoyment.

Care Instructions for Upholstered Furniture
Here are a few tips to help keep your upholstered furniture looking fabulous for many years.
Regular Care
It pays to turn your cushions at least once a week.  This will ensure that they wear evenly.
If you have feather cushions, it is recommended that you "fluff up" the cushions every few days by dropping them on the floor or shaking them.  This aerates the feathers, giving the cushions an inviting crown and stops the feathers compacting inside their liners and will extend the life of your cushions.
Most fabric houses recommend that you vacuum your fabric and leather regularly to remove unwanted dust that can affect fabric quality.

Care Instructions for Upholstered Furniture

Here are a few tips to help keep your upholstered furniture looking fabulous for many years.

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General Care

It pays to turn your cushions at least once a week.  This will ensure that they wear evenly.

If you have feather cushions, it is recommended that you "fluff up" the cushions every few days by dropping them on the floor or shaking them.  This aerates the feathers, giving the cushions an inviting crown and stops the feathers compacting inside their liners and will extend the life of your cushions.

Most fabric houses recommend that you vacuum your fabric and leather regularly to remove unwanted dust that can affect fabric quality.

Cleaning

If your fabric or leather requires cleaning, please refer to the fabric house that supplied the fabric for appropriate cleaning instructions.  If you are spot cleaning your furniture, test the cleaner that you are using on a less visible area first to ensure that it does not mark.

If you are concerned about your furniture getting dirty, it can be fibreguarded to provide extra protection against spills and soiling.

If you are washing loose covers, place these back on the furniture while still damp as this will make them easier to fit.

If you have any stained or painted dressed wood on your furniture, this should be cleaned with a damp cloth and dried with a second cloth.  We don't recommend using polishes or abrasive cleaners on these surfaces.

Shifting furniture

When moving your furniture, it is best to lift it - do not drag it.  This avoids putting undue stress on frames and legs and will also be better for your floor surfaces.

Be careful not to press your knees into the upholstered panels on furniture when shifting it, as this can stretch the fabric or disrupt the fixing of upholstered panels.

If your furniture is being placed on delicate surfaces such as polished floors, we recommend using felt pads under your furniture. If dining chairs are being placed on wooden floors we recommend using fixed felts. We can add these if requested at the time of order.

Care Instructions for hard furniture

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General care

Due to the natural water content in timber, it expands and contracts with changes in humidity. The wood is dried to 12% water content and construction techniques control movement, however solid wood does not like direct sunlight, heating, drying or water. We advise not to place your furniture in particularly hot places, near sources of heat or air conditioning as this will dry the timber out and cause it to shrink and crack.  We cannot guarantee wood solid wood furniture that is placed in these environments.

Avoid leaving water sitting on wood.  Spills will happen, but don't allow fluids to sit on wooden surfaces for extended periods of time.  Over time liquid that is left to seep into the timber will destroy the finish and some liquids such as liquor are particularly penetrating. We don't recommend using silicon based product to repel water as it fills the pores of the wood which will alter the character and finish, as well as making it very hard to re-polish if necessary later on.

Lift any objects sitting on wooden, cane, glass or stone surfaces when moving them.  Dragging objects across the surface can cause scratches and chipping.

Try to avoid placing hot objects directly onto wooden surfaces as this can cause marking.  If in doubt, use a coaster.

Cleaning

All wooden or metal surfaces can be cleaned with a damp cloth and dried with a second cloth.  It doesn't pay to use polishes or abrasives.  If necessary, use mild detergent to shift stubborn marks.

We provide a wax kit with our rustic solid wood table tops.  This is used in a similar way to shoe polish or car wax.  We recommend that you clean your table top as explained above.  Then apply the wax sparingly in a circular motion with a soft cloth.  Rub off any excess with a second cloth before it goes hard.  Using a third cloth, buff the table in the same direction as the grain.  Do your table in manageable sections for best results.  Regular waxing (every 30 - 60 days) will enhance the patina (character) of your table as well as extend its life.

Shifting furniture

As with upholstered furniture, lift your furniture when moving it.  This avoids putting undue stress on frames and legs and will also be better for your floor surfaces.

If your furniture is being placed on delicate surfaces such as polished floors, we recommend using felt pads under your furniture. If dining chairs are being placed on wooden floors we recommend using fixed felts. We can add these if requested at the time of order.

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