Care Guide

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FABRIC + UPHOLSTERY CARE

GENERAL CARE

  • 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.
  • Don’t remove the seat or back cushion casings for cleaning. Unlike slip covered cushion casings, upholstered casings are not meant to be removed.
  • Don’t wait until severe soiling before cleaning. The more soiling, the less likelihood of restoring fabric.
  • Overall professional cleaning is recommended approximately every 12 to 24 months.

SPOT CLEANING

  • Pat spills immediately with a soft white cloth.
  • Know your fabric’s Spot Cleaning Code so you can act fast if a spill occurs.
  • 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 edges in to prevent “circling.”

PROFESSIONAL UPHOLSTERY CLEANING

  • The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) provides referrals of certified cleaning services by zip code. Visit www.iicrc.org or call 1.800.835.4624 for more information.
  • Know your fabrics Spot Cleaning Code so your cleaning service can properly treat your piece.

LEATHER CARE

  • Patinaed, vintage look will develop over time and should be expected.
  • Vacuum or dust using a soft cloth dampened with distilled water for routine maintenance.
  • Keep out of direct sunlight.
  • Never use detergents, polishes, preserves or saddle soap. They can remove natural oils.
  • 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.

SLIPCOVER CARE

GENERAL CARE

  • 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.

SPOT CLEANING

  • Pat spills immediately with a soft white cloth.
  • Know your fabric’s Spot Cleaning Code so that you can act fast if a spill occurs.
  • 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.”

MACHINE WASHING

  • If your slipcover’s overall cleaning code is MW, it can be machine washed. Cleaning is recommended every 12 to 24 months.
  • 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 shrinkage before washing.
  • Use an appropriately-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.
  • Use only cold water and mild detergent.
  • 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 an appropriately-sized dryer, preferably on an air dry setting. 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 will fall out within a few days. If desired, steam your slipcover or iron it off its base.
  • Do not line dry, as 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

  • 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

  • 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 to ensure 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 regularly 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.
  • Naturally occurring irregularities in wood should be expected and add to your piece’s beauty.

LACQUER FINISHES

  • Clean as needed using 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 by keeping a humidifier nearby or simply placing a glass of water inside or under your piece.
  • Wax 2 to 3 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.

BRASS CARE

  • Pure, untreated brass will change in appearance over time, taking on a beautiful patina with age.
  • For a natural antiqued finish, let the patination process continue and clean your item regularly using only a soft, non-abrasive cloth to remove dust and fingerprints.
  • For a bright, shiny finish, clean your item regularly with a soft, non-abrasive cloth and your favorite brass cleaner, following instructions on the package.
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