Tips on how to care for your furniture.
FURNITURE INDOOR CARE TIPS from the American Furniture Manufacturer's Association (AFMA)
Furniture plays an important part in our lives and in our homes. That is why it is essential to care for our furniture to ensure its longevity and cleanliness. By using a little common sense, a little patience and some elbow grease, our home furnishings will last several lifetimes. Here are a few basic tips to keep our home furnishings looking their best:
- Because dust can be abrasive, always dust with a soft lint-free cloth that is moistened with polish. Never use soap and water on wood furniture.
- Use the same type of furniture polish consistently, as furniture can appear streaky if oil
- and wax-based polishes are mixed.
- Wipe in a circular motion to loosen old polish, and buff until it's dry for a perfect finish.
- A natural bristle paintbrush can be used to dust intricate designs in wood.
- Vacuum upholstery (and rotate cushions) once weekly to avoid fabric problems. You also can use the round brush attachment to clean wood furniture.
- Always follow the manufacturer's care instructions. Keep them handy for future reference.
- Avoid exposing wood furniture and upholstery to continuous direct sunlight to avoid fading and other damage.
- Protect your wood furniture from humidity by using an air conditioner in the summer and a humidifier in winter. Place furniture at least 12 inches away from temperature extremes such as heaters and air conditioners.
- Use coasters, pads and other protection against spills and other stains.
- Gently lift, open and close doors, lids and drawers.
- Do not allow cats and dogs on furniture, as they can be extremely abrasive to furnishings.
- Sit only on structures designed for that purpose.
- Do not place hot items on a finish that will melt away or stain.
- Beware of water from spills and condensation on drink glasses that can cause damage to coatings.
- When moving a piece of furniture, do not drag it, move it from its strongest part.
Removing Stains on Leather Furniture
In the event that your leather is accidentally stained, there are some basic procedures that you need to follow. A mild solution such as liquid Ivory® soap with distilled water is a good approach for spills that have dried. Always try the cleaning method in a hidden area first prior to cleaning the stain and always follow the manufacturers recommended cleaning instructions. Never use saddle soap, abrasive cleanser, furniture polish oil, ammonia, or excess water. Because there are multiple leather types that require different types of cleaning, please use caution.
Always remember to wipe the stain from the outer edge of the spill to its center to help prevent cleaning rings. As soon as possible after the spill, blot any excess liquid with a dry cloth or sponge. If necessary, use distilled, lukewarm water and continue blotting the stain. Do not rub vigorously. Once the stain has been removed, wipe dry with a clean towel and let air-dry. If you are unable to remove the stain, consult a professional cleaner. With minimal care, your leather will provide you with decades of enjoyment.
NOTE: The preceding remedies are in accordance with general cleaning industry procedures. We cannot guarantee favorable results, and we assume no liability in connection with their use.
Tips on Caring for Upholstered or fabric Furniture
Before you try to remove a stain from your upholstered furniture, you need to determine the type of fabric involved. Most manufacturers will place cleaning codes on the furniture. Usually you can find this information on the furniture hangtag or on the manufacturer's label. If not, feel free to contact us and we will do our best to educate you on the best cleaning procedure possible. The manufacturers' cleaning codes suggest the best methods for cleaning and removing stains.
Here is a reference list of those cleaning codes. If you are in question, contact the manufacturer for more detailed cleaning instructions.
WS This fabric may be cleaned with water-based cleaning agents and foams, as well as with mild, water-free dry cleaning solvents.
W Use water-based cleaning agents or foams only.
S Use only mild, water-free dry cleaning solvents.
X Do not use foam or liquid agents on this fabric. Vacuum or brush lightly to remove soil.
In the event that you purchased a fabric protection warranty from Becker Furniture World, the cleaning and removal of the stain will be done at no cost to you for the period of the warranty. As the customer you are covered against stains from common household foods and beverages or human and pet bodily fluids for 3 to 5 years depending on the warranty purchased. If you have further questions about such warranties, please contact us and one of our professional sales associates will assist you.