New Year, New You: Be Money Smart By Caring for Your Furniture Investment

You loved your furniture the day you saw it in the showroom and you love it even more now that it’s been delivered to your home. Keep the love flowing by practicing proper care. While grocery store cleaners might seem like they’ll help, many can be quite damaging.

 

Here are some tips and recommendations for protecting your investment and keeping your furniture looking fresh and new:

 

Fabric care

 

Fabric Upholstery

To keep cushions and pillows looking new, rotate them weekly. This will redistribute wear and extend the life of the foam core. It’s normal for foam to lose between 20% and 30% of its density in the first three months, or sooner, depending on use.

 

Occasionally rotate furniture in the room to redistribute wear patterns. If the furniture cannot be moved, make an effort to use seating areas equally and be sure to sit in the center of the cushion.

 

Upholstered pieces with heavy padded areas, such as arms and backs, should be “fluffed” to maintain shape. Never sit on the arms of upholstered sofas or chairs, as the excess pressure may cause damage to the structure.

 

To prevent fading, keep your furniture away from direct sunlight. Take care not to leave newspapers, magazines or other printed materials on or near upholstered furniture as certain inks and pigments may stain the fabric.

 

If a spill occurs, immediately blot it with a clean, absorbent white cloth or paper towel. For solids that spill, remove any excess with a dull table knife or spoon before treating the stain. And remember to blot a spot from the outside toward its center.

 

Never rub a spill, not even with a soft cloth, as you can permanently damage the fabric. Nor should you clean a stain with a brush, harsh solvents like bleach, sudsy detergents, commercial furniture or rug cleaners, or tap water — which may cause permanent rings.

 

Always test the fabric in a hidden spot to be sure color isn’t being removed, or water ringing occurring.

 

Leather care

 

Leather

Clean leather furniture with high quality product, such as Art Van Leather Cleaner. Never use water or other household cleaning products as they may cause damage to your leather.

 

Use a leather conditioner and protection cream at least four times a year, depending on the soil and dryness levels. This keeps leather supple and removes the gradual accumulation of soil, body oils and perspiration.

 

Try to maintain at least two feet between your furniture and heating sources. And avoid placing your furniture in direct sunlight. All materials will fade over time when placed in direct sunlight.

 

Wood care

 

Wood

Wood surfaces that are used as eating areas should be wiped with a slightly damp (not wet) lint-free cloth. Dry immediately and thoroughly. Avoid leaving water or any liquids on wood surfaces. Wipe up spills, moisture and standing liquids or substances immediately.

 

Once a week, dust the furniture with a lint-free cloth dampened with Art Van Furniture Cleaner so that dust particles will have less of a chance to build up, potentially scratching the wood’s finish.

 

Clean tables and desks each month with Art Van All Natural Wood Cleaner, formulated specifically to preserve the finish of wood. Do not let the cleaner soak into the wood surface.

 

Immediately follow the cleaning with our wood polish or oil to give the wood a vivid finish. Use polish for lacquer-finished wood and oil for unfinished or open grain wood. Apply a small amount to a clean, lint-free cloth, and rub with the grain of the wood, one square foot at a time.  Wipe dry until the cloudiness or oiliness disappears. Let the wood dry for at least 30 minutes before placing objects on it.

 

Twice a year, just prior to and after using your furnace for the season, apply a generous amount of our care polish/oil and let sit for up to 12 hours before wiping dry. This nourishes the wood and promotes moisture retention.

 

Keep furniture out of direct sunlight, and away from heating and air conditioning sources.

 

Always use felt backing on items that will sit on furniture, as well as place mats, hot pads and coasters. Use drip proof pots for plants, and make sure their leaves do not contact wood.

 


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