How to care for your furniture

How to care for Mango wood & other wood furniture:

 VARNISHED WOOD (SATIN OR GLOSS) / (MATT):

  • Dust with a soft cloth as often as you like.
  • If the item is very dusty, clean with a slightly damp non-abrasive sponge. Then wipe with a soft, dry, non-fluffy cloth.
  • To bring the shine back, use a silicon-based aerosol product (for furniture with satin or gloss not for matt finish).
  • Do not use wax or any wax-based product.
  • Do not expose to direct sunlight, position near a source of heat or in a location open to the elements (dampness, rain, etc.).

WAXED WOOD:

  • Wood which is covered by wax only is sensitive to staining.
  • Dust with a soft cloth as often as you like.
  • Dust more thoroughly with a duster and dust-repelling aerosol once a week.
  • Once or twice a year, wipe the item over with wax polish – as beeswax does not adhere very well, use a mixture of beeswax and vegetable wax.
  • Leave to dry, and then rub with a very dry woollen cloth to bring out the shine.
  • If your furniture has been wax polished too often, it will be slightly sticky to the touch. You need to clean out the wood.
  • Use turps for this. Do not expose to direct sunlight, position near a source of heat or in a location open to the elements (dampness, rain, etc.).

LACQUERED OR PAINTED WOOD (NOT VARNISHED):

  • Dust your lacquered or painted furniture with a damp cloth then wipe as soon as possible with a soft, dry, non-fluffy cloth.
  • Do not expose to direct sunlight, position near a source of heat or in a location open to the elements (dampness, rain, etc.).
How to care for Outdoor & other Metal Furniture:–

 Cleaning and Maintenance:

Outdoor metal furniture has been around for many years. Metal is popular for offering durable all-weather capabilities and unique designs from traditional to contemporary. Each metal has special properties that require slightly different care. Refer to this blog post on patio furniture care for details in the three respective categories: Aluminium and Iron.

ALUMINUM FRAMES:
General cleaning:

Wash furniture with a sponge or soft bristle brush and a solution of mild soap and water. Rinse with water and let dry.

Avoid abrasive cleaners: Most aluminium metal frames have a special powder coated and baked on finish to withstand the outdoor elements. If abrasive cleaners are used it can take off that protective outer finish.

Use automotive wax, lemon oil, and Soft Scrub: We recommend the use of high-grade automotive paste wax to help restore the luster of a glossy finish. It’s not recommended, however, to use this on really textured finishes.We recommend Soft Scrub to remove scuff marks and scratches. Lemon oil is also an acceptable product to bring back the lustre and shine.

IRON FRAMES:

General cleaning:

Wash furniture with sponge or soft bristle brush and a solution of mild soap and water. Rinse with water and let dry.

Avoid abrasive cleaners: Good quality iron metal frames have a special powder coated and baked on finish to withstand the outdoor elements and rust. If abrasive cleaners are used it can take off that protective finish.

Touch-up scratches and chips: Good quality iron patio furniture has been prepared and finished to prevent and limit rust issues. However, it is still recommended to touch up any spots on the frame that have encountered a scratch or chip, or are showing any rust. This will protect and prolong your finish.
Touch-up paint and pens in the matching finish colour are typically available at your nearby store.

Never leave in standing water: Team Shakunt uses and suggest using glides on the foot of each piece to protect them from sitting in standing water. This helps prevent rust from forming.

METAL FURNITURE – STORAGE Care:

It is recommended to cover or store your furniture during winter months or long periods of non-use. Team Shakunt recommends draining furniture of any water if it will be left outside during winter months to avoid ice damage in tubing.
Covers are available in a variety of sizes including: table and chair sets, individual chairs, sofas, stools, fire pits, occasional tables and more.

How to Care for Leather Furniture:

Leather furniture can look beautiful and age gracefully, but many people still harbour doubts about making leather a part of their home. Leather furniture is often perceived as difficult or tedious to care for, and it is deemed especially susceptible to mistreatment from small children or pets. Fortunately, these views are baseless. Learning how to care for leather furniture is in reality no harder than caring for other types of upholstered furniture. The tips below will help you keep your leather looking and feeling its best.

Steps:

  1. Wipe the leather furniture down regularly with a clean, dry cloth. The basic care routine for leather upholstery is simply wiping the furniture down with a dry cotton cloth. This will remove dust from the leather and keep it looking its best.
  2. Vacuum dust and debris from the furniture’s crevices. Just as with any other piece of upholstered furniture, the best way to remove the dust and debris that gradually builds up in crevices and under cushions is by using your vacuum’s hose attachment. No special precautions are necessary when vacuuming leather furniture.
  3. Apply a leather conditioner regularly. The most notable difference between caring for leather versus fabric upholstery is the need to condition the leather. Leather conditioners are products that have a creamy consistency and are designed to be buffed into the leather. Conditioning the leather regularly keeps it from drying out and developing cracks. Leather conditioner can be purchased from many furniture stores. It is also available at auto parts stores, where it is sold for conditioning leather car interiors. Application guidelines will vary from product to product. In general, you should expect to condition your leather furniture once every 6 to 12 months.
  4. Clean spills immediately with a dry cloth. When anything is spilled onto the leather upholstery, wipe it away as soon as possible. Use a dry cloth or sponge to absorb as much of the spilled liquid as possible, only resorting to a moistened cloth if necessary. Use as little water as possible to clean the spill, and wipe the area dry afterward.
  5. Avoid soaking the leather in water or soap. Unlike fabric upholstery, leather should never be cleaned by prolonged soaking in soap or water. Doing this can damage the leather even more than the initial stain you are trying to remove.
  6. Avoid using any cleaning products not designed for leather. Detergents, solvents, all-purpose cleaning sprays, ammonia, bleach, and furniture polish can all be harmful to leather furniture. Do not apply these products in an attempt to clean the furniture or remove stains. Rely on dry towels or sponges as much as possible.
  7. Buff small scratches in the leather with a microfiber cloth. Because leather is made from animal hide, it can occasionally dry out and develop small cracks and scratches. These scratches can be coaxed into healing themselves, however. All you need to do is buff them gently with a microfiber cloth until their appearance fades.
  8. Keep leather furniture out of direct sunlight. Note that intense, direct sunlight can cause the leather to dry out and fade in cocolorTry to keep your leather furniture positioned away from windows where it will be exposed to the sun, instead using fabric-upholstered furniture in those locations.

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