Upholstered Furniture Care & Maintenance
The three 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 as well. Regulate cushions if you notice the cover seams are wavy and do not line up with the cushion shape: 1.) unzip the cover and hold the top by the zipper with one hand, 2.) use the other hand to reach inside the cover and grab the front of the cushion, 3.) pull in opposite directions to shift the cushion into its correct position inside the cover.
Cushions and pillows that contain feathers and down tend to settle over time and have a more relaxed look than foam. They also require frequent maintenance. Feathers and down may occasionally work their way through the down-proof ticking. This is normal and shows that the cushion is “breathing” properly.
Vacuum fabric with a soft brush attachment weekly to help prevent dust and dirt build-up, and keep your upholstered furniture 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 address unexpected spills quickly. 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.
Fabric will fade or change color over time; this is an inherited 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 pet on your upholstered furniture, make sure you are taking extra precautions to protect your fabrics.
Leather is a natural product. 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, lightly dampen a cloth with distilled water and blot the stain (always pre-test in a small, inconspicuous area). Allow the leather to dry naturally.
Remember, leather products will fade in direct sunlight.
Upon purchase of slipcovered furniture, ask your GDC Home design consultant for the specific fabric cleaning code. Before removing the slipcover for cleaning, make sure to note how the cover is situated 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 and all seat, back and throw casings. Use the Gentle cycle to wash the slipcover in cold water with a mild detergent. Do not overload the capacity of your washer (you may need to run two 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, then continue drying on the Air cycle. Return the slipcover, slightly damp, to the frame starting at the back then 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 or clean spills as soon as possible. Debris may be brushed, vacuumed or hosed from your outdoor furniture.
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 and allow the cleaning solution to soak into the fabric. Rinse thoroughly to remove all soap residue and allow fabric to air dry.
Mold and mildew are caused by moisture, shade and air movement. 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. To remove mold or mildew, prepare a solution of 1 cup bleach and ¼ cup mild soap per gallon of water. Spray the entire area with the solution and allow to soak in for 15 minutes (always pre-test in a small, inconspicuous area; do not use bleach on printed fabrics). Clean the entire surface area with a sponge, clean towel or very soft bristle brush. Rinse thoroughly to remove all soap residue then air dry.
Do not remove cushion covers from cushion cores. Outdoor cushions are made so that the fabric can be cleaned right on top of the core.
Do not store cushions in a plastic bag. This traps moisture and will cause mold and mildew.
Before placing cushions on teak furniture, remove any leftover factory dust with a damp cloth.
Periodic cleaning is the only requirement to maintain your teak furniture. Hose down the furniture with fresh water. Avoid spraying teak with a high-pressure hose which can erode the surface of the timber. Scrub the wet furniture with a soft bristle brush and a cleaning solution of 2/3 cup laundry detergent and 1/4 cup bleach per gallon of warm water. Rinse thoroughly to remove any remaining solution. Allow the furniture to air-dry.
Teak will not mildew. However, mildew may grow 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 (wicker, rattan) with a cleaning solution of mild detergent and water using a soft brush. Rinse thoroughly to remove any remaining soap bubbles. Allow the furniture to air dry.
You may rinse the frame with a high-pressure hose. Be careful to avoid any teak parts, as the high pressure can erode the surface of the timber.
To clean sling furniture, prepare a cleaning solution of 1 Tbsp. liquid dish detergent and 2 Tbsp. bleach per gallon of warm water. Clean the fabric using a sponge or soft cloth soaked in the solution. Be careful to avoid getting the solution on teak or metal furniture frames. After cleaning, rinse the fabric thoroughly and allow to air dry.