Furniture Care 101

Furniture Care 101

At Shelter Furniture, it is our business and passion to assist you by creating a living space that expresses who you are. We also want you to enjoy your Shelter products and properly maintaining your items will prolong their longevity and distinctive qualities. 

This guide is developed to assist you. Be aware that this guide cannot guarantee the success of your results.


UPHOLSTERY


Fabric (Applicable only to fabric items that has a cleaning code of W/WS). 
- Spot clean only with water-based shampoo or foam upholstery cleaner. Pretest a small, inconspicuous area first. Do not saturate.
- Clean spots or stains from outside to the middle of the affected area to prevent circling. When cleaning a spill, blot immediately to remove spilled material.
- Do not use solvents to spot clean.
- Vacuum and dust often using a crevice tool in seams.
- For stain removal, it is advisable to consult a professional cleaner.
- Fabric protection is highly recommended for all Shelter Furniture fabric furnitures; contact a designing consultant for more info.

 

 

 

Top Grain Leather (Read upholstery tags first to determine type of leather and method of maintenance needed, or consult a professional.)
- Avoid prolong exposure to oils, moisture, or the sun. Leather dehydration is when the surface structure will become porous and brittle. 
- Do not use micro-fibre cloths. Use a paper towel instead for superficial soiling.
- Vacuum and dust often using a crevice tool in seams.
- Blot stains rather than rubbing. 
- Never use hard cleaners or chemicals that may damage surface. 
- Leather protection is highly recommended for all Shelter Furniture leather furnitures; contact a designing consultant for more info.

 

 

Bonded, Faux, Leatherette & Recycled Leather
- Avoid prolong exposure from direct sunlight for recycled leather is vulnerable to fading.
- Wipe with a soft, damp cloth to remove dirt and body oil. 
- Vacuum regularly to remove dust, dirt, and debris. Use a soft brush to avoid tearing or scratching. 
- Occasionally, apply a tablespoon of leather conditioning treatment to a  soft cloth and massage the conditioner onto the leather, but avoid rubbing.


WOOD

Veneer
- To clean, simply use a dry cloth to wipe the surface (in the direction of the grain). Circular or sideways rubbing can adversely affect the appearance of the wood finish.
- Never apply furniture polish directly to the veneered surface.
- For chips, scratches and unusual damage, professional repair is recommended.

Solid Wood
- Dust carefully with soft cloth, following the grain pattern.
- It is always a good idea to use coasters underneath glasses to prevent water rings from forming. 
- Keep room humidity levels between 40%-45%.
- Avoid direct sunlight.
- Depending on the manufacturer, you can clean with mild non-alkaline soap & water. Pre-test the solution on an out-of-sight section to make sure it doesn’t damage the finish. Dry immediately with a soft cloth.

Reclaimed Wood
- Use coasters to prevent water rings from cups.
- Avoid direct sunlight.
- Control humidity levels between 35%-45%.
- Reclaimed wood is remarkably heat resistant. However, hot plates and pans should have heat pads or trivets underneath for additional protection.
- For oil & grease spills, immediately apply table salt and then left to absorb. Once saturated, wipe away oil and repeat if necessary.


METAL

Chrome, Polished Steel
- Wash coated metal surfaces with a soft cloth soaked in detergent and warm water; rinse thoroughly and dry.
- Do not use abrasive, acid, alcohol-based, or solvent-based cleaners that may damage paint finish.
- Never place hot items directly on metal surfaces.

Power Coated Metal
- Wash with a soft cloth and a mixture of mild detergent and warm water; wipe with a clean, soft cloth.
- Do not use abrasive, acid, alcohol-based, or solvent-based cleaners that may damage the surface.

Rustic Iron
- Soak a sponge or wash cloth in warm water, wipe the surface in circular motion to remove all excess dirt or dust. Dry thoroughly with a clean cloth.

 

STONE


Natural Marble
- Immediately blot up spills. Do not wipe surface, this will spread the spill.
- Clean stone surfaces with a  few drops of non-acidic soap scum remover, or a mild liquid dishwashing detergent.
- Too much cleaner or soap may leave a film and cause streaks.
- Do not use cleaners, lemon, vinegar or other acid content that may etch the surface.

 

GLASS

- Wipe glass elements with a mild soap or detergent and lukewarm water. Use a clean soft cloth, applying only light pressure.
- Rinse with clean water and dry by blotting with a damp cloth or chamois.
- Polishing: Occasionally wax surface with a thin layer of auto paste wax and polish lightly with cotton flannel. Then wipe with a damp cloth to help eliminate electrostatic charges that can attract dust particles.

 

 

 

Furniture Care 101
By: Larsen Palafox, Designing Consultant
Shelter Furniture
February 2018

 

Reference:
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