How to Clean and Care for Leather Furniture
* Gently clean using a damp sponge or soft, lint-free cloth on a regular basis. Use a vacuum cleaner crevice tool to clean the seams.
* Occasional cleaning with leather specific cleaners recommended. Harsh soaps or chemicals and other household cleaners are not meant for leather.
* Although durable, leather is prone to damage. Keep sharp objects at bay.
* Not to be kept under direct sunlight or in close proximity to other heat sources.
* The ink from newspapers and magazines is known to get transferred onto the leather.
* Always test the cleaning product on a small hidden area ('patch test') before cleaning the whole sofa with cleaners.
* Improper cleaning may void your leather furniture warranty.
Spot Cleaning Leather
* Blot any spills immediately; do not rub.
* Prepare a solution of mild soap (e.g. Neutrogena) and distilled water in 1:1 ratio. Blot gently using a dampened cloth or sponge.
* Professional cleaning service recommended for difficult stains.
How to Clean and Care for Painted Furniture
Dust or gently wipe using a dampened cloth.
Be sure to leave the surface dry as water spots turn to permanent marks upon drying.
Spot Cleaning Painted Furniture
* Clean stains/spots using the following steps:
* 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
* Do not use silicone based furniture polish.
* Take care when moving the furniture and never drag the pieces across the floor, as this will cause damage to the joints.
* Periodically check fittings are secure and re-tighten as necessary.
* Gently wipe clean with a lint-free cloth on a regular basis.
* Keep furniture away from heating and air conditioning sources to prevent excess or reduced moisture.
* Avoid exposing the furniture to excessive heat or direct sunlight as this can cause cracking of the wood and deterioration of the color.
* Use 'felt backing' (like the one on floor lamps) to prevent scratches.
* Using placemats, hot pads and coasters under the plates, serving dishes and beverages respectively can prevent stains and other damages.
* 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.
Spot Cleaning Wood
* To remove food stains, wipe up the spill immediately.
* Rub a solution of one tablespoon of vinegar mixed with one quart of water in the same direction as the grain to remove cloudiness. Follow with an application of furniture oil or polish.
* To remove water rings, rub with a mixture of equal parts of white vinegar and cooking oil in the same direction of the grain.
* 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.
How to Clean and Care for Upholstered Furniture
* Keep upholstered furniture out of direct sunlight.
* Rotate cushions and pillows on a regular basis to allow even distribution of wear.
* Vacuum weekly using the upholstery attachment.
* The Ink from newspapers and magazines tends to bleed onto the fabric and cause stains.
* Avoid overspray of household chemicals near upholstered furniture.
* Periodic professional cleaning is recommended.
Spot Cleaning Upholstery
* If a spill occurs, clean the fabric immediately. Random cleaning can leave impressions. Use gentle circular strokes.
* Blot with a clean, white cloth.
* Do a 'patch test' over a hidden area before using the care product.
* Do not use detergents or harsh chemicals to clean your upholstery.
How to Clean and Care for Mattresses
* Keep the mattress dry. Use a mattress pad to prevent staining
* Vacuum clean regularly.
* Turn and rotate a new mattress every few weeks to help smooth out contours.
* After a few months, turn and rotate a mattress twice a year to help equalize the wear and tear.
* Do not use dry cleaning products on your mattress. This may cause damage to some of the materials.
Spot Cleaning Mattresses
* If your mattress gets wet or soiled, blot any excess moisture using a soft cloth.
* To clean a stain, use mild soap with cold water gently. Pat dry.
How to Clean and Care for Metal Furniture
* Use a dry/slightly damp cloth or a vacuum cleaner brush for regular dusting.
* Use coasters under all beverages.
* Do not use abrasive cleaners or harsh chemicals.
* Do not expose to excessive humidity.
Spot Cleaning Metal
* If the piece is soiled, wash with a damp cloth or sponge using mild detergent (hand dishwashing liquid) and lukewarm water.
* Repeat if necessary.
* Wipe dry with cloth or paper towel to avoid water spots.
How to Clean and Care for Glass Furniture
* Do not slide rough objects across glass. This can cause permanent scratches to the surface.
* To clean, use warm water and a soft, lint-free cloth. Wring out excess water and wipe the surface. Blot gently.
* Only use a non-abrasive commercial glass cleaner for cleaning.