Upholstered Furniture Care & Maintenance
The 3 rules of cushion care are: Flip, Fluff, and Regulate. Cushions and pillows should be Flipped and rotated at least once a week. Fluff cushions and pillows at least once a week. Regulate cushions if you notice the cover seams are wavy and do not line up with the cushion shape. Unzip the cover and hold the top of the cover by the zipper with one hand. Use the other hand to reach inside the cover to grab the front of the cushion. Pull in opposite directions to shift the cushion to its correct position inside the cover.
*** For Cushions & Pillows that contain Feathers & Down ***
Feathers and down tend to settle over time and have a more relaxed appearance than a foam cushion. Cushions and pillows that contain feathers and down require more frequent maintenance. Feathers and down may occasionally work their way through the downproof ticking. This is normal and shows that the cushion is “breathing” properly.
Vacuum with a soft brush attachment weekly. This helps prevent dust and dirt build-up and keeps your piece looking new. Make sure to follow the fabric cleaning code instructions when attempting to clean your upholstery. Having the correct cleaning solutions on hand will allow you to respond quickly to unexpected spills. When cleaning a spot or stain, always pre-test in a small, inconspicuous area. Clean from the outside to the middle of the affected area to prevent water marks. If the overall condition of your furniture is soiled, consult a professional upholstery cleaning service. Fabrics will fade or change color over time (this is an inherit characteristic of most fabrics). You can reduce this effect by minimizing direct sunlight and rotating your cushions.
*** Upholstery is not meant for pet use. If you allow your pets to use your upholstery, make sure that you are taking extra precautions to protect your pieces. ***
Leather is a natural product and no two hides are alike. For regular care and cleaning, wipe down leather pieces periodically with a dry, clean cloth to remove dust and prevent dirt build-up. Should a stain prove difficult to clean, use distilled water on a lightly damp cloth to blot the stain (always pre-test in an inconspicuous area). Allow the leather to dry naturally. Leather products will fade in direct sunlight.
Upon purchase of your slipcovered product, ask your Design Consultant for the specific cleaning code for the fabric you have chosen. Before removing the slipcover for cleaning, be sure to note how the cover is applied so that you can recover correctly. If the slipcover fabric is DRY CLEAN ONLY, use a professional dry cleaning service. If machine washing is recommended, remove the slipcover from the piece and zip all seat, back and throw casings. Use the Gentle cycle of your washing machine and wash the slipcover in cold water with a mild detergent. Do not overload the capacity of your washer (you may need to run 2 loads as it is recommended to clean all parts of the slipcover to avoid color variation). Tumble dry for 3-5 minutes on low heat and then continue drying on the air cycle. Return the slipcover, slightly damp, to the frame starting at the back of the frame and working from arm to arm.
Outdoor Furniture Care & Maintenance
One of the best ways to keep your outdoor cushions looking great is to remove dirt, pollen, food, animal hair, etc. before it becomes embedded in the fabric and wipe up spills or clean as soon as possible after a stain occurs. Dirt, pollen, etc. may be brushed, vacuumed, or hosed of. To clean outdoor cushions, prepare a solution of ¼ cup mild soap (such as Dawn or Woolite) per gallon of lukewarm water. Use a soft bristle brush to clean, allowing the cleaning solution to soak into the fabric. Rinse thoroughly to remove all soap residue and allow fabric to air dry. Although solution-dyed acrylic fabric does not promote mildew growth, mildew may grow on dirt and other foreign substances that are not removed from the fabric. Mold and mildew is caused by moisture, shade, and air movement. To remove mold or mildew, prepare a solution of 1 cup bleach and ¼ cup mild soap per gallon of water. Spray on entire area and allow to soak into the fabric for 15 minutes. Clean entire surface area with a sponge, clean towel or very soft bristle brush. Rinse thoroughly to remove all soap residue. Air dry. (ALWAYS test cleaning solution in a small inconspicuous area first. Do not use bleach on printed fabrics).
Do not remove cushion covers from cushion cores! Outdoor cushions are made so that the fabric can be cleaned right on top of the cushion core. Do not store cushions in a plastic bag! This traps in the moisture and will cause mold and mildew.
Before placing cushions on teak furniture remove any dust leftover from manufacturing with a damp cloth. Periodic cleaning is the only requirement to maintain your teak furniture. First, hose down the furniture with fresh water. Avoid spraying the teak with a high pressure hose, as high pressure can erode the surface of the timber. Next, scrub the wet furniture using a soft bristle brush and a solution of 2/3 cup laundry detergent and 1/4 cup bleach in 1 gallon of warm water. When finished, rinse the entire piece with more fresh water to remove any remaining cleaning solution. Teak wood itself will not mildew. However, mildew sometimes grows on dirt or other foreign substances that are not removed from the wood. Regular cleaning will help keep mildew at bay.
Wash the woven material furniture with a solution of mild detergent and water using a soft brush. After washing, rinse with fresh water until there are no soap bubbles remaining. Allow the furniture to air-dry. You may rinse the frame with fresh water using a high hose pressure. Be careful to avoid any teak details on the furniture as the high pressure can erode the surface of the timber.
To clean fabric slings, prepare a solution using 1 tbsp. liquid dish detergent and 2 tbsp. bleach mixed in 1 gallon of fresh warm water. Clean the fabric using a sponge or soft cloth dipped in the solution. Be careful to avoid getting this solution on teak or metal furniture frames. After cleaning, rinse the fabric thoroughly with fresh water and allow it to air dry.