Caring for your leather furniture prolongs its life and keeps it looking attractive. Leather lasts much longer than other upholstery, and its good looks can not only be maintained, but improve over time. Quality leather furniture is an investment, and a little care goes a long way in protecting it.
- Leather can fade, stiffen and crack when placed close to heat sources because it can dry up. So avoid placing it very close to fireplaces or in a spot that gets direct sunlight.
- Vacuum or use a clean, dry cloth to dust every week, so that it stays clean.
- To clean accumulated dirt, use a slightly damp, soft cloth to wipe the surface.
- For spills, immediately use a dry cloth to blot and let it air-dry. It is important to blot instead of wiping as you want to get all the moisture out instead of spreading it.
- Never use harsh soap, cleaning solvents, detergents, or ammonia to clean stains.
- Never soak the stain heavily with water. All these methods may actually be more damaging than the stain itself.
- Leather can absorb dyes easily, so avoid placing printed materials on it. The ink can transfer and leave stains.
- Use a good leather conditioner every 3 to 6 months.
Keep your fabric sofa out of direct sunlight as this may cause discolouring. Air the room frequently.
Vacuum your fabric sofa weekly or as needed. Vacuum inside any cracks or crevices in order to remove all dirt particles, removing the cushions if possible to vacuum beneath them.
Sofas with removable covers
- When purchasing your sofa, ask our sales staff for washing instructions specific to the fabric you have chosen.
- Rinsing and drying of the fabric must not occur in direct sunlight.
- Important If the fabric is to be dry-cleaned, do not use water or other stain removing substances. Contact specialised dry-cleaning services.
Sofas with fixed upholstery
- Wipe or delicately brush once a week in order to remove dust and avoid the accumulation of dirt among the fibres.
- For stains it is advisable to remove the mark immediately to avoid permanent damage. Use a mild liquid soap and a moist cloth.
- Before cleaning it is best to test the solution on a hidden part of the sofa using a soft white cloth which has been soaked in a mild detergent or stain removing solution.
Synthetic Rattan Furniture
- Synthetic rattan furniture should be cleaned periodically using mild soap and water. Rinse with a gentle hose and wash, if needed, with a mild detergent, warm water, and a soft brush. Be sure to rinse until there are NO more soap bubbles.
- It is recommended to avoid the “foaming” cleaning products since they’re likely to leave residue within the weaving which will later attract dirt.
- To extend the life of your furniture, avoid direct contact with chlorine and saltwater.
If near salt water, we recommend weekly rinsing with water from a hose. You should also keep it away from open flames and artificial heat.
Care and maintenance of cushions with Quick Dry inserts
- These cushions can be left outdoors all year round, however like everything they will need to be kept clean with frequent brushing to remove loose dirt and dust that can ingrain itself in the fabric and go mouldy.
- The cushions need to be stood on end to allow water to drain to the lowest point and be squeezed out. If the cushions are left in stagnant water algae and mould can harm the fabric.
Teak Outdoor Furniture
- Over time, teak furniture will attain a handsome silver-grey patina as it weathers. This process takes approximately nine months, depending on the amount of sunlight and rain exposure. During weathering, a slight lifting of the grain may occur on the tops of the arms and legs, and you may even see a few cracks. This is not considered a defect, but a natural expanding and contracting of the wood. The grain will return to its original smooth finish after the weathering process is complete.
- Teak can be cleaned with a hose. To remove stains, lightly sand away areas that are stained with fine-grit sandpaper.
- If you prefer to keep your teak outdoor furniture at its original golden colour instead of letting it weather to a silvery-grey patina, simply perform some light sanding and then apply a teak cleaner and protectant. The oils will penetrate, nourish and help restore the original look of your teak.
- High-quality outdoor furniture covers are recommended if you plan to leave your teak furniture outdoors all year. If you choose to store your furniture indoors, we advise that you do not move it from the garden straight into a heated indoor room for storage, as the sharp differences in temperature and humidity may cause the wood to split.