Essential Care and Maintenance

Your Furniture is designed to specifications exceeding ordinary levels, however the life of the furniture will depend on proper care and maintenance. Please read on below for tips on caring and maintaining for your products.

Leather

Natural Characteristics of leather

As you probably know, real leather is an organic product. It breathers and has a natural warmth, retaining individual characteristics which are part of the charm and beauty of real animal hide. However, as a natural product, leather often displays markings from its past. And as it becomes older, leather softens which in turn enhances its natural beauty.

After just a few weeks you'll find more wrinkles and creases have formed in the leather, particularly in the seating areas. This is known as a puddling effect and is exactly what you would expect from fine leather. In fact, it's perfectly normal for cushions to lose as much as 20% of their density within the first I months.

General Maintenance

It's always a good idea to make sure you plump up the cushions as often as you can, as you would with a pillow. Brushing leather with a soft brush is also recommended to remove surface dirt and dust. Don't be surprised to see creasing appear in the seats and back cushions as this is the result of everyday flexing and is a natural characteristic of the leather.

Useful tips

Avoid sitting on the edge of the cushions or arms as this may cause distortion or permanent wear.

Avoid placing sharp objects such as toys, jewellery, buckles and heels onto the leather

Greasy hair products can also damage the surface. As many of you know, domestic pets sometimes have a habit of clawing or climbing on the furniture, this should be prevented to minimise damage.

Any household spillages should be cleaned up with a cloth and warm water.

Use the appropriate upholstery attachment to vacuum your furniture on a weekly basis.

Bodily fluids must be wiped clean. This can breakdown the protective coating.

Caring for your leather furniture

This core guide is intended to help you get the most out our your product and is part of our drive to create maximum pleasure and satisfaction for all our customers.

Aniline leather

This is the most natural grade of premium leather and consequently the most attractive. Delicate natural soft to the touch and with all those characteristics' of real hide still visible, it has all the classic appeal of luxury leather.

Semi Aniline leather

This is a fine alternative to real Aniline leather. It is pre-treated with a small coat of colouring to maintain its comfortable feel. The result is soft-to-the touch leather which has improved resistance to wear and tear, with all its natural characteristics preserved almost to the same degree as that of full Aniline leather.

Pigmented leather

This leather is one of the most durable but is less natural in appearance. It undergoes a light buffing process which hides many of the marks and blemishes in the hide.

Corrected Grain leather

The leather finish has been buffed to remove the majority of the marks and blemishes, thereby mostly removing evidence of the hide's natural characteristics. It is also amongst the most durable leathers having a thicker protective coating.

Shade Variation

Ever wonder how much leather goes into making sofas It may surprise you to know that at least eight hides are required to produce a three piece suite. No two hides are identical in pattern or grain structure and as the dyes are applied through saturation and pigments are sprayed onto the hides each hide will take the dye/pigments In a different way. Whilst every attempt is made to achieve a degree of consistency, it is not possible to create total uniformity. In fact, this lack of complete uniformity helps to give the furniture its individual characteristic.

Cleaning

When cleaning, avoid using baby wipes or other household cleaning products on leather. Always use an approved specialist product that has been designed for the applicable upholstery leather.

Sunlight and Heat

Your leather furniture should not be exposed to direct sunlight for long periods, as this may result in colour fading. You can protect it by drawing curtains or blinds when the sun is particularly bright indoors. It's also best to avoid placing hot cups or plates onto the leather as this can cause damage.

Mechanism

Please ensure that on manual recliners, the foot rest is returned correctly, and you hear the mechanism click back into place. On electric echanisms please check that all wires are routed safely, and ensure that no electrical wires are twisted. Don't sit on the foot rest & don't place your fingers down the side of the mechanism,

Timber

Proper timber furniture care is essential if you want it to last, with some good information and the right furniture care products, fine timber furniture can really last for many years.

Below are some valuable care tips and links to products that will help you to get the most life and enjoyment out of your furniture.

(1) Do not place drink glasses, jugs or vases etc on the furniture's surface without a coaster or place mat to protect it.

(2) Never put hot, pots, pans, dishes, cups or mugs on wood furniture, always use place mats, coasters or heat proof pads to protect the surface. Heat marks and damage can be very difficult to remove and usually require a professional restorer to repair.

(3) Always keep coasters handy to prevent water rings.

(4) Keep wood furniture dry. If wood gets really wet for too long it can cause damage to the finish and actually warp the wood.

(5) Be sure to clean up any spills as soon as they occur. Using a blotting action rather than wiping is a better solution. Do not let spills dry or you could end up with a permanent stain.

(6) Never use any type of cover that has a rubber, plastic or vinyl backing on wood furniture, many of these materials have chemicals in them that can react with the wood's finish and cause major damage.

(7) When burning candles, it's advisable to use a felt protector with a plastic top. Candle wax will not run as much when it makes contact with plastic. If candle wax does happen to drop onto the wood surface wait until the wax has cooled and hardened before trying to remove it. For best results apply an ice cube onto the spilt wax until it goes hard and brittle then get an old credit card or smooth plastic spatula and gently scrape the wax off the surface. Once the candle wax is removed polish the area with a good quality beeswax polish and buff away any remaining residue.

(8) Keep furniture out of direct sunlight. When furniture is exposed to the sun for long periods of time it's possible for the furniture to fade and age prematurely. You may want to close the curtains or blinds during certain parts of the day to keep the direct sunlight off.

(9) If possible try to avoid extreme changes in temperature. Always arrange furniture away from radiators and air conditioning units.

(10) Dust your furniture regularly to keep the surface clean. Always use pure cotton polishing cloth to avoid scratching and use a good quality silicone and petro-chemical free furniture polish for excellent long term wood furniture care. Click here to find out how to select the right furniture polish

(11) Never do your nails on any painted, finished or stained furniture. Nail polish and especially nail polish remover will strip the finish right down to the wood. Please don't think that putting down newspaper will eliminate the problem, it will not. As a matter of fact the newspaper will probably glue it self to the top of the furniture creating just as big a problem as the nail polish falling straight onto the bare surface.

(12) Minor scratches and dents can often be removed by using furniture touch up products.