High-quality furniture requires very little active care. However, it is important to understand that environmental conditions do impact its longevity and condition. Therefore, excessive or prolonged exposure to direct sunlight, high temperatures and high humidity should be avoided.
Because wood and leather are natural, "living" materials, they breathe and move over time. For this reason, temperature and humidity directly affects furniture as these materials expand and contract in relation to changing climatic conditions. As temperature and humidity change during the year, efforts must be made to minimize large variances with effective climate controls (i.e. air conditioning, humidifiers) and ensure a stable environment.
The finish used on our furniture is durable and resistant to most household spills, if wiped up promptly. However, if spills are left unattended, they may result in some discoloration and could compromise that finish in the affected area.
We suggest that upholstered furniture be cleaned by professional services which can be found in most cities.
Rubber or plastic can cause damage to the finish if left in contact with the wood for an extended period of time.
WOOD AND LACQUERED FURNITURE
Small airborne particles and dust may scratch or dull the surface of your furniture. We suggest using a water-dampened soft cotton cloth to wipe any build up that forms. When doing so, always wipe in the direction of the grain, never across as this may mar the finish. Excess water from the surface may cause water spots and/or discoloration. Make sure the surface is totally dry after cleaning.
It is not necessary to use canned polish. Polishing can affect the sheen level of the finish so it should be use sparingly. Follow the instructions provided by the polish manufacturer and always burnish in the direction of the grain (never across). Avoid using ammonia based or silicone oils as they may cause damage if used over long periods of time.
A paste wax should be applied once or twice a year to feed the wood. Apply the wax with a soft cotton cloth to an area of about three square feet. Do not leave the wax on for more than one minute. Remove all excess wax with a second clean soft cloth. Then with a third cloth burnish the surface until desired effect is achieved.
A colored wax may be useful to blend away small surface scratches or nicks.
This is a chemical finish which changes the surface to give it a natural antique lustre. Do not use cleaning products on metal patinas. Doing so will change the appearance of the finish. To clean, gently rub surface with a very soft, dry cloth. Overtime the metal will have natural changes in color due to oxidation which will give it a more genuine aged appearance. A good quality wax polish is recommended.
A water-dampened soft cotton cloth can be used to wipe away any dirt or dust on the surface. If the surface becomes marked with finger prints or other mars, a finish-specific cleaner can be used. Follow the cleaner manufacturer’s instructions closely. Do not use commercial or heavy duty polishes or waxes, they may scratch or damage the finish. On polished or lacquered brass a quality wax polish is recommended.
Stone tops are sealed or polished to be stain resistant. However, stone is porous material that can stain easily depending upon its hardness. Therefore, great care should be taken to make sure that spills are attended to immediately. If left on the surface, most liquids can permanently mar its appearance.
Stone surfaces can be cleaned with a soft cloth that has been dampened with warm water and a small about of stone soap or light detergent. Excessive amounts of cleaning products can leave a film and cause streaking. Rinse surface thoroughly after cleaning and dry with a soft cloth. If the stain remains, please contact a professional stone cleaner or refinisher.
Placemats or felt pads should be used under objects that are placed directly onto the stone surfaces to protect it from scratches.
Naturally occurring variations in pattern, color & texture exist in all calfskin, lambskin, and kidskin. These variations are normal and acceptable. Parchment may darken in color over time. This too is normal aging. To clean, gently wipe with a damp-dry cloth. Do not use store bought cleaning products. Make sure to dry completely. More aggressive cleaning should only be undertaken by a professional.
For any product that is heavily damaged or excessively worn please seek professional help.