Always dust with a cloth moistened with polish. Polish will cushion the cloth, eliminating the scratching that occurs with dry dusting. Dust will scratch furniture if not removed quickly. Use a soft, clean cloth that won’t scratch the surface. Avoid coarse or scratchy materials or fabrics.
Avoid using soap and water on furniture. Water can penetrate and damage the finish by raising the grain on the wood.
Though wood furniture is finished and sealed, sunlight and heat, as well as humidity and liquid, can harm it and/or change its appearance. Also, fluctuating temperatures cause wood to swell and shrink, so an environment with consistent temperature is recommended.
AVOID PLACING FURNITURE IN DIRECT SUNLIGHT
Ultraviolet rays can damage wood finishes. Use sun screening drapes and blinds during intense sunlight hours.
AVOID PLACING NEAR HEAT SOURCES
Repeated changes in temperature damage furniture. Keep wooden furniture away from air vents, radiators, humidifiers, and fireplaces.They can have extreme drying and/or bleaching effects on wood.
PROTECT FROM LIQUIDS
Liquid spills damage furniture if not removed promptly. Use coasters under beverages and saucers under cups & flowerpots. If a spill occurs, immediately blot it gently with a soft dry cloth, without rubbing the surface.
PROTECT FROM HEAT
Heat creates a chemical change in furniture finishes, which can result in white spots and discoloration. Use protective mats under hot dishes, utensils, and cooking appliances.
USE THE SAME TYPE OF POLISH
Once you begin using one variety of polish, it is best to stay with it so there is no unexpected chemical mixing on the wood surfaces.
ALWAYS USE A FINE FURNITURE POLISH
Polish protects surfaces from dry cloth scratching. Also, use a clean cloth since a dirty cloth collects dirt and dust that can scratch the surfaces. Spray polish evenly and sparingly. Wipe in a circular motion to loosen old polish. Buff until completely dry for a beautiful shine and smudge free finish. For detailed wood trim, spray the polish on the cloth before dusting.
If you find that a drawer doesn’t slide as easily as it should, simply rub a candle on the drawer glides (the bottom of drawer where wood contacts wood). The wax coating will ensure smooth operation.
USE NON-PLASTIC MATS OR PADS TO PROTECT THE TABLETOP
Plastic or rubber materials can cause an undesirable reaction with the finish, therefore avoid plastic tablecloths, placemats, and table top accessories.
Modern leather requires little cleaning or special care. Frequent dusting is the only real requirement. If soil accumulates, remove it with a clean, damp cloth. Do not saturate the leather. If leather furniture requires a more thorough cleaning, spot-test with leather cleaner in the least obvious area before using it anywhere else on the furniture.
Wrinkles certainly add character and a natural aged look to leather. However, you can easily slow the onset of wrinkles by fluffing and turning detached cushions and pillows regularly.
Blot any liquid spills on leather with a soft white cloth before using any leather cleaner.
SUNLIGHT & HEAT
Exposure to direct sunlight harms and fades leather over time. Keep leather pieces out of contact with direct sunlight. Allow a couple feet between leather furniture and any direct heat source, such as a vent or a fireplace, which can quickly dry out the material.
Never use ink pens near leather furniture. Do not place printed materials on leather as these may transfer ink onto the furniture and damage it permanently.
Keep upholstery beautiful and dust-free by vacuuming it weekly. Make sure to include the areas between and underneath all cushions.
Keep upholstery from becoming flat or wrinkled by fluffing and turning detached cushions and pillows regularly.
Upholstery care depends greatly on the fabric you’ve chosen. Even water alone is capable of altering the appearance of natural fibers. Ask your retailer for specific instructions.
Both extreme humidity and extreme dryness can be harmful to upholstered furniture. Avoid placing humidifiers and vents nearby.
SUNLIGHT & HEAT
Exposure to direct sunlight can harm and fade any upholstered surface over time. Keep upholstery out of contact with direct sunlight as it can bleach and weaken fabrics. Also allow a couple of feet between upholstery and any direct heat source, such as a fireplace.