Home Guide

Fabric

  • Vacuum regularly or brush with a nonmetallic, stiff-bristle brush to remove dust and grime
  • Reverse and rotate seat and back cushions to increase longevity
  • Protect from direct sunlight to prevent fading
  • Know your fabrics Spot Cleaning Code so you can act fast if a spill occurs
  • Overall cleaning is recommended approximately every 12 to 24 months. Don’t wait until severe soiling before cleaning. The more soiling, the less likelihood of restoring the fabric. Use a professional upholstery cleaning service.
  • Don’t remove the seat or back cushion casings for cleaning. Unlike slip covered cushion casings, upholstered casings are not meant to be removed.

SPILL TIPS:  Pat spills immediately with a soft white cloth. Always test cleaners first in an inconspicuous place. Do not saturate fabric with cleaner. Pat instead of rubbing to avoid altering surface texture. (Pile fabrics may need a nonmetallic, stiff-bristle brush to restore their appearance.)  Clean stains from the outer edge in to prevent “circling”

Leather

  • The more you use it, the better and more vintage your leather furniture will look.
  • Keep leather out of direct sunlight.
  • Never use detergents, polishes, preserves, or saddle soap. They can remove natural oils.
  • Dust using a soft cloth dampened with distilled water or vacuum for routine maintenance.
  • Most surface scratches will fade over time if you rub them with your fingertips. The warmth of your hand releases natural oils that help marks disappear.

Professional Upholstery Cleaning Services

  • The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) provides referrals of certified cleaning services by zip code. You can reach them through their website, www.iicrc.org, or by calling 1-800-835-4624.

Slipcover Care

Preventative care means fewer cleanings and longer life

  • Vacuum regularly or brush with a nonmetallic, stiff-bristle brush to remove dust and grime
  • Reverse and rotate seat and back cushions to increase longevity
  • Protect from direct sunlight to prevent fading
  • Know your fabrics Spot Cleaning Code so you can act fast if a spill occurs

SPILL TIPS:  Pat spills immediately with a soft white cloth. Always test cleaners first in an inconspicuous place. Do not saturate fabric with cleaner. Pat instead of rubbing to avoid altering surface texture. (Pilw fabrics may need a nonmetallic, stiff-bristle brush to restore their appearance.)  Clean stains from the outer edge in to prevent “circling”

Machine washing your slipcover

  • If your slipcover’s overall cleaning code is MW, you can machine wash it. Cleaning is recommended every 12 to 24 months. Don’t wait until severe soiling before cleaning. The more soiling, the less likelihood of restoring the fabric.
  • You can expect 3 to 5% residual shrinkage in all washable cotton fabrics, whether home furnishings or apparel. This can make a big difference if your slipcover is form-fitting, so consider if it can tolerate the shrinkage.
  • Use an appropriate-sized washer. A small chair slipcover may fit in a home washer, while sofas require commercial washers. A washer without a center agitator is best, as agitators can strain seams and damage zippers.
  • Wash all parts at once (base, cushion covers, pillow covers) just as you would dry clean all parts of a suit together. As with clothing, some fading is expected, and separate laundering may cause color variation among the parts.
  • Use only cold water and mild detergent
  • Use an appropriate-sized dryer. Air dry setting is preferable. Remove slipcovers while still damp and put them back on the base to finish drying. (For cottons, this should take about 2 to 3 hours.)  Most large wrinkles fall out within a few days. You can steam a slipcover, or iron it off its base if desired.
  • Do not line dry because fabric may stretch and affect the fit.
  • Do not put your slipcover away while still damp. If you wash it before storing for the season, let it dry on the base first.

Dry Cleaning Your Slipcover

  • Slipcovers with cleaning codes MW and DC can be dry cleaned. Be sure to use a reputable dry cleaner with experience cleaning slipcovers. Clean all parts at once, and be aware that you should still expect 3 to 5% shrinkage.

Professionally cleaning your slipcover

  • If you decide not to machine wash or dry clean your slipcover, or if it is cleaning code P, use a professional in-home upholstery cleaning service. Have it cleaned while it’s still on the muslin base. This ensures the crispest look and greatest longevity.

Casegood Care

General Wood Furniture Guidelines:

  • It is ideal to keep wood furniture in a regulated room temperature with consistent humidity.
  • Dust using a dry soft cloth.
  • Do not put wood furniture near direct heat. In a dry climate, even kiln-dried boards may experience some shrinkage.
  • Always use a coaster! Dampness damages wood furniture.
  • Irregularities in wood are natural, and add to its beauty.

Lacquer

  • Lacquer finishes should be cleaned as needed with a soft cloth dipped in warm soapy water or water with a drop of vinegar.
  • Never use abrasive kitchen cleaners, paper towels, or pretreated furniture cloths on lacquer.
  • Avoid placing lacquer furniture in direct heat, direct sunlight, or a damp area.
  • Maintain stable moisture with a humidifier nearby, or simply place a glass of water inside or under your piece.
  • Wax two to three times a year with antique beeswax.
  • Fine hairline cracks are inherent to the construction and finishing of lacquer furniture, but will not sacrifice the structural support or durability of your furniture.

Lucite:

  • Use a soft cloth and an acrylic cleaner, such as Novus.
  • Never use abrasive cleaners or paper towels, as these will easily scratch the surface.