CARING FOR YOUR FURNITURE
We hope you love your new piece. Before we get into specifics, here are some general guidelines that we suggest following to help maintain your upholstered furniture: Reverse and rotate seat and back cushions regularly. Vacuum or brush to remove dust and grime every 12 to 24 months. Don't wait until you've spilled or severely soiled your pieces before cleaning and never remove the cushion casings (even though they have zippers). If you do spill, pat (do not rub) immediately with a soft white cloth. Do not saturate fabric with cleaner and be sure to test it first in an inconspicuous spot. For fabric and product specific care, please see below.
LEVEL 1: To prevent overall soil, frequent vacuuming or light brushing to remove dust and grime is recommended. Spot clean, using a mild water free solvent or dry cleaning product. Clean only in a well-ventilated room and avoid any product containing Carbon Tetrachloride or other toxic materials. Pretest a small area before proceeding. Use a professional furniture cleaning service when an overall soiled condition has been reached.
TIP: Never remove cushion covers for separate dry cleaning or washing, even though they do have zippers. Do not use bleach at any time. The use of steam or water-based cleaners may cause excessive shrinking or staining of this particular fabric. Do not use any tumble method cleaning service as this may destroy the backing of the fabric or shrink or otherwise damage the upholstery fabric.
LEVEL 2: To prevent overall soil, frequent vacuuming or light brushing to remove dust and grime is recommended. Spot clean, using the foam only from a water-based cleaning agent such as a mild detergent or non-solvent upholstery shampoo product. Apply foam with a soft brush in a circular motion. Vacuum when dry. Pretest a small area before proceeding. Use a professional furniture cleaning service when an overall soiled condition has been reached.
TIP: Never remove cushion covers for separate dry cleaning or washing, even though they do have zippers. Do not use bleach or any tumble method cleaning service as this may destroy the backing of the fabric or shrink or otherwise damage the upholstery fabric.
LEVEL 3: This is our most durable fabric and recommended for kids and high-traffic areas. New stains will typically come off with a damp cloth and water. If spot cleaning is required, follow these quick steps:
- Mix 2 cups of warm water with 1 teaspoon of enzyme laundry detergent (e.g., Tide® or Cheer®) to form a mixture that works well on most stains.
- Remove excess soil and apply the soap mixture to the stained area
- Agitate stain with a soft brush, allowing solution to remain on stain for one minute
- Blot up the stain with a dry, white towel, rinse any remaining soap and blot the area again
- Repeat if necessary, or get more information here.
*keep your furniture and family safe from fires caused by careless smoking, do not smoke when drowsy and remove immediately any glowing ember or lighted cigarette that falls on furniture. SMOLDERING, SMOKING MATERIALS CAN CAUSE UPHOLSTERED FURNITURE FIRES.
CRYPTON: with the same durability as our "high" category, this group offers additional stain, moisture, mildew, bacteria + odor protection. Have kids? We highly recommend this group.
HIGH: this is our most durable fabric, great for daily use or furniture in high-traffic areas.
AVERAGE: this category applies to patterns and weaves that are less hearty or have an intricate detail. Still great for daily use, just with added attention + care.
DELICATE: this category is reserved for fabrics we recommend using on small perching chairs or pillows. Fabrics with the most intricate details and delicate fabric content falls in this group.
Leather comes it all sorts of shades, sheens, coats and distressing levels. While it is, indeed, one of the most durable upholstery options on the market there are nuances to leather that need to be revealed. Body heat, oils and wear-and-tear over time are bound to give your piece personality over time. We strive to find the best quality leathers in each category that wears well through the years. On all of our leather options you will find three category distinctions:
QUALITY: We strive to find the best quality leather at attainable price points. A full top grain leather is au-natural and has not been modified, buffed or altered in any way. All original markings and texture are in tact. A top grain leather is still a natural leather but it has been sanded or buffed to remove imperfections or undesirable blemish. The natural grain of the leather is left in tact and unaltered. These are the two highest levels of leather quality on the market.
DURABILITY: Although leather is one of the most durable materials on the market, the levels of stain resistance can vary. For example, if the durability level is high the leather has been treated with a protective coat or layer of polymer. While this provides incredible stain resistance (this is the kind of leather you find in cars) it also gives off a slight sheen. A medium level, or Aniline Leather, has been left naturally and is without a man-made layers of protection. It will still resist soiling but can be more susceptible to staining than the heavy, coated level.
PULL: Leather is skin. When left in it's most natural state and pulled over the frame of a sofa or chair, it can change in color. If you see "none" in the pull category you can expect a more uniform look throughout your furniture. If you see "pull-up" next to this line item you can expect some variation. In our opinion, the pull-up leathers give a piece more personality and dimension but is a very specific kind of look.
GENERAL LEATHER CARE
Leather upholstered furniture should require little or no care under most normal household conditions. It is the most durable and strongest material used for the upholstery of furniture. Although leather is the most durable upholstery material available, leathers will stain or change in character from food and liquid spills, or from body oils. No matter how much care is taken with your fine home furnishings, a certain amount of degradation will occur from environmental or mechanical conditions existing within your home. The following are some examples and what can be done to minimize the damage.
DIRECT SUNLIGHT: Ultra-violet rays in sunlight will eventually result in fading for most fabrics, and leathers. Some leathers perform better than others in direct sunlight.
ABRASIVES AND CLEANING SOLUTIONS: Saddle soap, oils, detergents, furniture polish, abrasive cleaning solvents or ammonia should never be used to clean upholstery leather. The majority of spills on your leather upholstery require only gentle wiping. Always remember that vigorous rubbing can damage the surface.
HEAT SOURCES: It is not recommended to place your leather furniture near strong heat sources such as a fireplace, radiators, or direct sunlight. Such heat can dry out the natural oils in leather and cause stiffness and cracking.
LEATHER DISCLAIMER: Leather is a natural product produced as a byproduct of animal hides (mostly cows, steer, and water buffalo). Due to the life- style of the animals, leather will always have natural markings such as brands, insect bites, scars, fat wrinkles, stretch marks, abrasions, and burns. Natural markings and dye lot variations are in no way considered defects.
Wood furniture and finishes are resistant to minor everyday hazards; however, some precautions are necessary to maintain its natural beauty:
- Dust with a soft, clean cloth slightly moistened with water, and dry completely with another clean cloth, always rubbing with the grain.
Avoid contact with cigarettes, hot dishes, and harsh solvents such as nail polish, alcohol and moisture.
Remove spills and smudges immediately.
Do not place furniture near heat outlets, windows, or in direct sunlight.
FAUX FUR CARE
It’s easy to care for your faux fur. Spot clean with cold water and mild soap or machine-washed (delicate cycle) in cold water and line dried. Avoid heat of any kind: a radiator, a hot clothes dryer or hot water. A bit of shedding is to be expected with faux fur and is likely to be residual, which will diminish after a throw is used a few times. We suggest brushing your faux fur from time to time to keep it looking its best and to expel excess fibers. Content of our faux fur throws:
- Shell: 100% acrylic faux fur
- Lining: 100% polyester velvet