My clients often ask me about the proper care of the furnishings that they are selecting. Here are some recommendations that will insure the longevity of your furniture investments.
Upholstered Furniture Care
Upholstered pieces should be vacuumed on a regular basis making a conscious effort to flip and rotate your cushions. There are fabric protection plans available with limited warranties, many are good for up to five years and may be extended beyond that.
Most of the fabrics available today are considered high performance and easily tolerate everyday use. Be aware that most warranties will not cover damages caused by pets.
I encourage you not to shy away from lighter colored fabrics, as they often wear as well or better than some of the darker tones. Accent pillow casings are usually easily removed and can be dry cleaned.
When cleaning wood trimmed upholstered furniture be careful not to stain the fabric with scratch cover oils and polishes.
Leather needs to be cleaned with products that guarantee conditioners that are suitable. Keeping leather from becoming dry and brittle is paramount in insuring a desired patina.
Wood Furniture Care
The proper care of wood furniture is vital to maintaining its beauty. There are numerous products available, avoid those that claim to add a protective barrier to the surface as they often leave a product build up and over time cause discoloration of the wood. Realize that all your wood surfaces are porous and should be treated appropriately.
Keeping coasters readily available to be placed under drinks will avoid accidently leaving moisture rings and permanent stains. The use of placemats, table pads and coverings are always recommended when serving and dining at your table. There are companies that will manufacture custom fit pads for your formal table and extensions.
Some dents and scratches add to the patina and charm of a piece, however for those you choose not to live with, it is wise to call a professional wood repair person in to correct the issue.
Stone Surface Care
Stone surfaces also require care and maintenance. Quartz is one of the most durable surfaces on the market today, however marble, slate and concrete tops are subject to the same casualties as wood and should be treated in the same fashion.
Metal tops such as copper or steel scratch easily and often discolor naturally which is often a desired and accepted look in design, if it is your intent to keep these surfaces pristine you may want to rethink your selection.
Everyone appreciates natural light in their homes, keep in mind that extended sunshine often fades fabrics, leathers and wood. The installation of window treatment, draperies, shutters, or tinting your windows will only prove to benefit your furnishings.
Furniture is meant to be enjoyed, respect your investment with care and it will serve you for many years!