Occasional & Dining Furniture Care
You have chosen your new dining or occasional furniture with care and have done so with a view to keeping it for a long time. It therefore makes sense to look after it from day one. With consistent care and maintenance your furniture will stay beautiful for many, many years to come.
You should always protect your furniture from direct sunlight. The colour of real wood matures with exposure to light, so it is important to move ornaments regularly and expose table leaves to avoid noticeable colour differences occurring.
Do not place furniture near heat sources or air conditioning units and avoid rooms that may cause extreme temperature change such as conservatories, as this may cause it to dry out and crack.
Always leave a gap behind units to allow air to circulate. Tall cabinets and Wardrobes may need fixing to the wall for safety.
Uneven floors could give the impression that doors of wall units and wardrobes are out of alignment, compensate if necessary by adjusting the hinges or packing a corner to level the item.
Take care not to drag crockery across any cabinet or table top, and use insulated mats for hot dishes, cups or plates. Avoid marking tops with sharp objects, for example when using a ballpoint pen.
Always carefully lift your furniture, never drag or push it. Never lift glass tables by their tops.
Do not rock backwards on dining chairs, and periodically check that bolts, legs and castors are tightened fully.
Blot up any spills immediately, do not rub and do not use detergents.
With wood products the best way to deal with scratches is to employ the services of a professional polisher. High gloss finishes will display fine surface scratches with use.
Always follow your furniture manufacturer’s cleaning and care instructions using the products they recommend.
Gently dust your furniture and polish with a soft, lint-free buffing cloth. Never use silicon or spray polishes as they can leave a residue on the surface of your furniture. Remove finger marks with a slightly damp cloth.
Dining chair upholstery can be lightly vacuumed or gently brushed to remove dust.
Caring for Different Finishes
Dust daily and wipe occasionally with a damp cloth, followed by a dry duster. In order to not scratch the surface, ensure the cloth used is free from debris.
Polish along the grain every 3 months with a good quality natural beeswax. Use a soft duster to buff up and retain the natural look of your furniture. Avoid wiping wax finishes with a wet cloth as this may raise the grain.
You will need to ‘feed’ your furniture with the manufacturer’s recommended oil every 3 months. Keep a cloth especially for your furniture and do not allow contact with soaps and detergents. Avoid wiping oiled finishes with a wet cloth as this may raise the grain.
Avoid using chemical cleaners and don’t use anything abrasive. A regular dusting with a clean, dry cloth is recommended. Grease stains may be removed and for this we recommend using a professional restorer.
Marble and Stone
Marble and stone are natural materials and each piece is unique containing all the variations and distinctive colouring found in its formation. These materials can be very porous and therefore extra care should be taken to avoid spillages. Wipe any marks or spills with a slightly damp cloth and then polish with a soft dry cloth. Any chips can be repaired professionally.
Fabric or Suede
Vacuum fabric or suede chairs at low power using the soft furnishings attachment.
Wipe leather with a clean, damp cotton cloth and apply a leather moisturiser as required.