How to look after your sofas & chairs

All our furniture is designed and handmade in Long Eaton, England by experienced craftspeople. Please take time to read the following instructions, to ensure your furniture is kept in the best possible condition. With the correct care it will give you many years of comfort.

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Loose Cushions

Plump your cushions regularly. Vigorously plump and pat your cushions into shape if they contain fibre or feather. Cushions with foam content will lose some of their hardness within a few weeks of wear. Regularly turning reversible cushions and changing their position helps maintain shape and prolong life.

If the cushions are not turned and plumped regularly they may begin to look out of shape. If this happens unzip the cover, reposition the interior and follow the steps above.

Cover

Avoid direct sunlight, sharp objects and spillages. Sunlight can cause the covers to fade, discolour and rot. Protect your fabric by drawing curtains or blinds. Similarly direct heat from radiators, heaters or fires can cause these effects; reposition your furniture away from any of these possible sources. All fabrics can be snagged or scratched. Cat's claws, jewellery, buckles, rivets etc. can cause this. If a snag appears do not pull it or cut it, tuck it in.

Velvets

Avoid getting velvets wet as it can permanently damage the appearence of the pile and any finish the velvet may have.

Regular cleaning

Gently vacuum clean your upholstery at least once a week with the upholstery attachment on the nozzle; dust removal may be improved by pre-brushing with a soft brush. Accumulated dirt will accelerate wear and dull colours.

Your furniture has been handmade and engineered to last for years, treating it carefully will help prolong its life and look. Do not allow the furniture to be used as a trampoline, climbing frame or any other such use. Likewise do not sit on the arm or edge of the cushions, as they will wear prematurely.

Stains & Spills

With spillages, act quickly. Absorb the spillage with dry white kitchen paper or a dry white cloth. Do not rub or soak the fabric or allow the stain to set. Do not use proprietary cleaners or any other household cleaners. Contact a professional upholstery cleaner.

Professional upholstery cleaning

Sooner or later your upholstery may require cleaning. At that time, have it cleaned by a bona fide upholstery cleaning specialist. We would advise that you do not attempt this yourself as the cleaning materials and methods are specific to the fabric type. The weaving, dying and finishing of upholstery fabrics is complex and technically particular to the type of fabric.

An upholstery cleaner of experience is ServiceMaster Limited 0845 201 1184, but there are other reputable companies available.

Zips

The zips on your upholstery and cushions are not necessarily there so the covers can be removed, but as a method of effectively fitting interiors during manufacture. Your upholstery has been made in accordance with the relevant fire retardancy legislations and this might mean that the cover has a backcoating treatment that may be removed by an improper dry cleaning process.

Leather

No two pieces of leather are exactly the same. Beautiful colour variations and distinctive natural markings make leather furniture uniquely your own. Colour variation is a natural occurrence in top grain leathers. Each piece of leather has a different unique structure; therefore, it will absorb dye in varying amounts, causing some areas to be darker or lighter than others. Each piece of leather also contains markings known as “nature’s signatures”. Healed scars, scratches, insect bites and wrinkles provide yet another dimension of individuality to your leather furniture. To establish what type of leather is right for you and how to care for it, please refer to our separate leather care guide.

Cabinet and Show wood

Most modern furniture is finished with a hard wearing lacquer to give protection. All timbers can alter slightly when exposed to light; some tend to darken and some may lighten. Consequently, the position of ornaments or other objects left on surfaces should be changed regularly to avoid patches becoming noticeable. This is especially important in the first year.

Avoid extreme changes in room humidity, and never place a piece of furniture directly next to a heat source or in direct sun light. For best cleaning results first use a soft, clean damp cloth then buff with a soft, clean dry cloth. Never use polishes, solvents or abrasive cleaners as these can damage the lacquer.

Remove any spillages immediately.

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