CARE FOR YOUR FURNITURE
These indications are for your guidance only
Your furniture is intended for contract use, but we respectfully point out that it is still furniture.
IF CAREFULLY TREATED YOUR FURNITURE WILL CONTINUE WITH A GOOD LOOK AND WILL LAST ENOUGH TIME. The following information is useful guidance and suggestions for the care of furniture.
To follow our advice, please do not:
1. Place very hot dishes directly on the table or counter tops – always use a protective base. Commercial varnishes resist heat from coffee cups and spills of tea and alcohol, but not from utensils out of the stove and oven!
2. Leave spills of liquid and upholstered food overnight waiting for cleaning for the next morning. Even if the fabrics are treated for stains, they are not able to withstand long-term spills.
3. Drop wooden chairs on one leg when stacking or moving. Wood is a natural material and can break if dropped in a corner.
4. Tap the ends of the table tops when moving and joining them. This situation applies especially to glass tops, but also to wood or granite.
5. Let the liquids remain on the wooden table for a while. They must be clean and dry so that infiltration does not occur in the joints.
6. Clean surfaces with wax polish and spray. Instead, cleaning should be done with a damp (not soaked) cloth and allowed to dry immediately.
This information was obtained by professional furniture cleaning specialists, dry cleaning specialists, home specialists and furniture manufacturers. Your furniture care and cleaning suggestions are expected to provide indications to help you avoid wear and tear and to help you enjoy your furniture.
Please read all information related to your specific situation before deciding on any cleaning method.
Painting wood for an existing sample or furniture is not recommended, as we cannot guarantee the same color in a large area or between different woods and finishes. It should also be remembered that most natural woods change color when exposed to light. The time and speed of this change vary according to the type of wood, the duration of the exposure and the intensity of the light. Therefore, there is likely to be an initial color difference between new furniture items and those that have been in use for some time. This color difference will be attenuated over a period of time.
Wooden furniture represents a significant investment. To maintain their appearance and durability, furniture needs regular and adequate care. Most wooden furniture is polished. It has a gloss or shine that varies from high gloss to low gloss, depending on the finishing materials selected by the manufacturer. The finish contributes to the beauty of the wood and protects it. No finish is completely indestructible, but with regular care and proper use of products for the care of furniture (product suitable for wood) it will last much longer, providing you years of satisfaction and pleasure.
GENERAL TIPS FOR WOOD CARE
• Common sense is exactly what the name suggests: do nothing that causes damage to the furniture. For example, be very careful when vacuuming carpets to avoid hitting the bases of furniture or table legs. Do not place abrasive items, such as cardboard boxes, shopping bags, ceramic lamps, ashtrays, etc., on a surface of furniture. Be careful when an item, such as a plate is lifted from the table, a fork dropped from a plate can seriously damage the table top. Hot items, such as a dish taken from the oven, can cause bubbles or darken the finish. Use protection under the tablecloth to avoid this situation. Do not wait to clean up spills or to clean up after a party.
• Lift and place objects carefully without dragging them over the surface of the furniture.
• Clean the dust frequently to remove abrasive particles from wooden surfaces. Use a clean, soft, lint-free cloth, like an old T-Shirt.
• In addition to regular cleaning, wooden surfaces also benefit from occasional cleaning to remove stains and particles and improve the appearance of the piece.
• Clean up spills immediately. Dry the stain without rubbing.
• Do not expose furniture to direct sunlight. Exposure to ultraviolet rays causes cracks in the finish and causes loss of color or darkening. We recommend that you position your furniture out of direct sunlight and use window protection (sunscreens, curtains or blinds) to block out the sun’s rays.
• Avoid extreme humidity in the environment. Too high or too low humidity can cause the wood to deform or the glue to peel off.
• Avoid sudden changes in temperature. Place the furniture away from radiators and air conditioners. Hot air outlets, such as a central heating outlet, should be avoided, as they cause extreme localized drying of the wood.
• Move the accessories on the furniture so that they do not stay in the same place for a long time. Many wood finishes need to “breathe” to maintain their appearance and durability. The finish of the furniture must be exposed to air, instead of being covered for long periods of time. You must periodically move the components of the work area, such as computer equipment, audio / video components, clocks, staplers, etc.
• Rubber, plastic or vinyl products can stain or cause furniture finishes to wear out. Avoid leaving plastic tablecloths, bases and handles on a wooden surface for long periods of time. Chemical components in plastics can damage finishes. Place felt discs at points of contact with computer equipment, alarm clocks, lamps, telephones and other items in the work area. The plastic, rubber or nylon feet in these items may contain chemicals that can affect the finish, causing furrows, softening and discoloration.
• Use bases, cloths or felt to protect the furniture surface from hot dishes, drinks, bookends, plant pots and jars.
• Use a protective base when writing with a ballpoint pen. Protect the surface when working with items that may stain or damage the wood, such as crayons, markers and glue.
• Make minor repairs while they are still small. Use suitable materials or professional help to repair damaged surfaces.
• For teak wood, rub with very fine sand paper, preferably 400 grains. Then use teak oil to scrub the surface, rinse with a sponge and allow to dry. Teak furniture must be maintained each year to maintain good condition.
Cleaning instructions: Caring for furniture means knowing the quickest and simplest methods, and the latest and greatest products to keep furniture looking new and attractive. This means minimal confusion and discomfort, although there are many types of surfaces.
• Clean the dust frequently to remove abrasive particles from wooden surfaces.
• Use a clean, soft, lint-free cloth. (Remember to clean in the run of the shaft!)
• Do not use a sponge or dish cloth on your furniture. Bear in mind that the dusters spread the dust particles in the air, which then settle on the furniture again.
Bear in mind that the dusters spread the dust particles in the air, which then settle on the furniture again. It also helps to reduce static electricity, which attracts dust. Do not let any moisture remain on the surface of the wood.
• When cleaning the dust, lift the decoration and gently put it back in place.
We do not recommend waxes for cleaning, but if you have to use them, be sure to avoid products that contain silicone. Silicone oil is an ingredient used by many furniture polish manufacturers to create a high degree of shine. The silicone penetrates even the most lacquered finishes, making it difficult to remove. If it is necessary to redo a piece of furniture, silicone makes the process very difficult – even for a professional painter. Most furniture manufacturers recommend using products that do not contain silicone.
Most finishes today do not benefit from the use of wax. The regular use of these can result in an accumulation of layers of wax on the surface of the furniture. This build up can then absorb dirt, smoke and other pollutants into the air, which can result in stains and scratches.
Used long enough, this can cause the finish to soften, requiring expensive touch-up work. The accumulation of wax over time hardens, making it difficult to remove the finish from the furniture.