- The use of a good leather conditioner is recommended every 6-12 months.
- Protect your furniture from sun and direct light. Like any upholstery material, leather can fade to some degree if exposed to the sun.
- Always try any cleaning method in a hidden area first, so you know what the results will be!
- For minor spots and spills, wipe up any excess liquid immediately with a clean absorbent cloth or sponge. If necessary, use a lightly moistened soft cloth with clean lukewarm water, and let it air dry naturally. If water is used, clean the entire area where the spot occurred.
- Do not use soap, or soak the stain heavily with water. This may cause more damage than the stain itself.
- Do not use cleaning solvents, furniture polish, oils, varnish, abrasive cleaners, detergent soaps, or ammonia water.
- For butter, oil, or grease stains, wipe off excess with a clean dry cloth and then leave alone as the spot should dissipate into the leather after a short period of time.
If the stain persists, it is recommended that a professional leather specialist clean the leather, to avoid any potential damage to the leather itself.
Remember that leather is a natural product and requires some care to maintain the natural beauty of the hide.
INDOOR WOOD FURNITURE
- To clean the finish on your wood furniture just use warm water and mild dish soap. Cleaning furniture with water won't hurt it -- just be careful not to soak it.
- Wipe the dirt off the surface with soft cloths or paper towels until they come up fairly clean. Then dry off any residual moisture with a soft cloth.
- After a good cleaning, the best way to protect the finish is to use a good-quality soft paste wax. Apply a thin coat as directed on the label. Wait five minutes and buff lightly with a soft (shoe) brush or cloth. Wait for another 30 to 60 minutes and buff/brush again with a bit more vigor. You'll see a beautiful shine return to the finish that will last for many months.
- Keep your furniture out of the sun. The temperature of the summer sun coming through a window can go above 40 degrees. It will cook fine finishes, fading and destroying them over time, and dry out and shrink the wood, which will cause cracks.
- Don't place wood furniture near heating units or vents. Dry heat will cause the wood to dry and shrink, leaving cracks. Use a humidifier in the drier months to bring the moisture up to the 40 to 45 percent level.
- For a quick-fix touch-up, use the appropriate Color shoe polish on scratches and chips, especially to make them less visible on the feet of furniture. Carefully using a matching-Color felt-tip marker first will hide it even better.
- When polishing metal hardware, take it off the furniture first. Take your time and make a note to remember what piece goes back where. Use a quality metal polish to get it shining again. Once it's buffed, put it back on, being careful not to scratch the wood surfaces.
Marble is a beautiful surface tabletop. But because it is quite soft and porous, marble can easily be stained, scratched, and chipped.
- To help prevent staining, marble surfaces are often coated with protective sealers. Depending on use, these coatings should be reapplied every year or two.
- Regular cleanings should be as gentle as possible. Dust the surface once or twice a week with a soft cloth.
- Wash the marble periodically with a cloth dampened with warm water, and, if necessary, a bit of mild dishwashing liquid.
- Remove the soap with another damp cloth.
- Never use dusting sprays or abrasive cleaners on your marble.
- Apply marble polish (available in hardware stores) on a regular basis to maintain the stone's luster.
- To prevent ring marks, place coasters or trivets under glasses and dishes.
- Use mats or runners beneath hard objects that might scratch the surface.
- If your marble does stain, you can try to remove it with a poultice made especially for drawing out stains.
It is important to understand that any timber exposed to exterior weather conditions will have some form of timber change and movement.
The change of color (normally turns a silvery gray over time) and finishing like splitting or cracking is considered normal.
Regular re-oiling of your furniture will help to keep the color and reduce and may prevent cracking, but there is no guarantee that it will.
- Wash timber pieces with soap and water and a soft bristle brush; allow to dry.
- Apply a timber brightener to restore the original colour then rinse.
- Apply a UV blocking sealant and allow to dry.
- The timber sealant should maintain the original colour of the wood for about one year.
- Never clean your rattan and wicker garden furniture with any bleaching agents or all-purpose cleaners
- Only clean the synthetic rattan furniture with soapy water (add some dishwashing liquid), soft brush and cloth.
- Clean the table glass with cleaning liquid and newspaper.
- Bring resin wicker furniture inside or put on a weather cover when not using for long periods.
- Steel frame outdoor furniture can be rustic if not properly protected.
- It's important to treat the metal surfaces of these out with a coat of rust inhibitor such as Metal Protector to increase the longevity of the product.
- Do repair damaged surfaces immediately to prevent the metal from further rusting.