How to Clean and Care for Painted Furniture
- Dust or gently wipe using a dampened cloth.
- Clean stains/spots using the following steps:
- Be sure to leave the surface dry as water spots turn to permanent marks upon drying.
- Dampen a soft cloth with a mixture of hot water and liquid dishwashing detergent.
- Wring the cloth to remove excess liquid.
- Rub the surface lightly in a circular motion.
- Dry the surface immediately with a clean, soft towel.
How to Clean and Care for Wood Furniture
- Gently wipe clean with a lint-free cloth on a regular basis.
- To remove food stains, wipe up the spill immediately.
- Keep furniture away from heating and air conditioning sources to prevent excess or reduced moisture.
- Rub a solution of one tablespoon of vinegar mixed with one quart of water in the same direction as the grain to remove the cloudiness. Follow with an application of furniture oil or polish.
- Exposure to direct sunlight can cause fading or darkening of wood.
- To remove water rings, rub with a mixture of equal parts of white vinegar and cooking oil in the same direction of the grain.
- Use 'felt backing' (like the one on floor lamps) to prevent scratches.
- To remove candle wax or chewing gum, hold an ice cube over the area so that it hardens. Scrape it off gently using the dull edge of a table knife. Rub briskly with a cloth saturated in cream wax later.
- Using placemats, hot pads and coasters under the plates, serving dishes and beverages respectively can prevent stains and other damages.
- The ink from newspapers and magazines bleed into the finish and damage the wood.
- Do not use abrasives or harsh chemicals on wood furniture.
- Apply beeswax on solid wood once a year to maintain the finish and moisture of wood.
How to Clean and Care for Upholstered Furniture
- Keep upholstered furniture out of direct sunlight.
- If a spill occurs, clean the fabric immediately. Random cleaning can leave impressions.
- Use gentle circular strokes.
- Rotate cushions and pillows on a regular basis to allow even distribution of wear.
- Blot with a clean, white cloth.
- Vacuum weekly using the upholstery attachment.
- Do a 'patch test' over a hidden area before using the care product.
- Do not use detergents or harsh chemicals to clean your upholstery.
- Avoid overspray of household chemicals near upholstered furniture.
- Periodic professional cleaning is recommended.
How to Clean and Care for Metal Furniture
- Use a dry/slightly damp cloth or a vacuum cleaner brush for regular dusting.
- If the piece is soiled, wash with a damp cloth or sponge using a mild detergent (hand dishwashing liquid) and lukewarm water.
- Use coasters under all beverages.
- Do not use abrasive cleaners or harsh chemicals.
- Wipe dry with a cloth or paper towel to avoid water spots.
- Do not expose to excessive humidity.