- Product Care
Tips and tricks to help your furniture last the thrills and spills in your home.
Unfiltered UV rays discolour furniture and cause wood to warp. So, keep your furniture from excessive exposure to sunlight and heat. Never drag because dragging weakens the joints. Instead, lift it. Also, avoid pen impressions on your wooden furniture by having a pad underneath your sheet of paper when you write. Chemical detergents and cleaners damage wood finishing so steer clear of them. For daily care, use a damp cloth with water or mild water solution over the surface. Then, remember to wipe it off again with a dry cloth.
The environmentally friendly method to clean glass surfaces is by spraying on a 1:4 mixture of vinegar and water, and cleaning the glass with a damp, lint-free cloth. You can also use a crushed newspaper to polish the glass to a shine without leaving steaks or bits of lint. Microfiber cloths work well, too.
Because your safety is our priority, Interior Solution glass tabletops are made with tempered glass. But as there is a combination of tabletops with wood and tempered glass, extra care is to be taken when cleaning. Ammonia, vinegar and other common glasscleaner ingredients, may damage wood. So, it's important to use different cleaners for glass and wood, and to be extra careful to keep the glass-cleaner from coming into contact with the wood and vice versa.
When it comes to fabric... vacuum or brush lightly with soft bristled brush to remove any accumulation of dust and dirt. Also, remember to flip your cushions or pillows regularly so both sides wear evenly.
When it comes to leather... avoid soaps, detergents, sprays, oils and polishes that aren't specially made for leather care. A dry cloth and lukewarm water are usually enough to keep your leather's natural brightness and texture. Then let it air dry instead of using a fan or hair dryer. Heat vents and other heat sources dry the leather our over time so avoid placing yourleather anywhere near them. Also, prevent premature fading by placing your leather furniture away from direct sunlight.
On wooden furniture with good finish... prepare a 1:1 mix of baking soda and white, non-gel toothpaste. Dip a damp cloth into the mix and gently buff the marks off in a circular motion for a few minutes. If that doesn't work, mix cigarette or cigar ash with vegetable oil into a paste that's not too watery and rub it over the mark with your fingers till the mark disappears. Do not try these methods on bare wood. If both methods fail, contact a professional.
On glass tabletops... spray vinegar onto the stain and allow it to sit for 3-5 minutes before removing with a clean, lint-free cloth. Follow up by wiping the area with a clean damp cloth. To eliminate excess moisture and minimise water streaks, wipe the area again with a clean and dry, lint-free cloth.
On wooden furniture... all you need is a soft cloth and an iron. Preheat the iron to a low setting with no steam. Cover the stained area with the cloth and place the iron over it for 6-10 seconds. Repeat with a clean section of the cloth again and again until the grease is fully removed.
On upholstered furniture... first, apply cornstarch or baby powder on the stain, then rub the area evenly until the grease is fully absorbed. When it is, just brush off the powder.
On wooden furniture... use rotten stone (Tripoli) - a fine powdered rock polishing abrasive- on wine stains. Make a thin paste of the Rotten stone and linseed oil then rub it onto the stain with a soft cloth or your finger, following the direction of the wood grain. Wipe clean as usual. To remove spilt milk stains, dip a damp cloth in ammonia and rub the stained area before wiping it clean with a dry cloth. Alcohol in beer, perfumes, lotions and medicine may also leave nasty marks on your furniture so be sure wipe them up instantly with a cloth that's moistened with oil polish.
On upholstered furniture... always blot or dab spills with a white cloth to avoid discoloration. Do not rub. Instead, soak up spills immediately with a dry cloth. At most, use the mildest detergents. Our suggestion is to keep to a simple soap solution made from a 1/4:1 litre mix of detergent to warm water. Stubborn stains should be taken care of by a professional but if you're using chlorine bleach, do not allow it to sit for more than two minutes.
On wooden furniture... remedy minor burns with scratch-concealing polish or paste of linseed oil and rotten stone. Rub gently along the grain until the burn mark disappears.
On upholstered furniture... major burn marks on fabrics and leather require professional attention.
On wood... a little bit of lemon juice can go a long way when rubbed into stains with steel wool. But, be sure to be gentle, as wood scars when pressure is applied. After removing the stain, you should also polish the area with furniture spray.
On fabric... it's unbelievable what works - hairspray. Light stains can be removed by spraying the hairspray directly onto the stain and blotting till no ink can be lifted. If the stain requires more attention, pour the hairspray directly onto the affected area to saturate the ink, then blot until ink disappears.
Wicker furniture is beautiful and has a classic, natural beauty that works with many different decorating styles. Wicker furniture is popular both for indoor and outdoor use making it a very versatile choice for furniture for your home.
Wicker furniture is lightweight and easy to move around which makes it a great choice if you live alone or can't lift heavy objects easily. Even by yourself you can rearrage your funiture without breaking a sweat.
The easiest way to clean wicker furniture is to use a vacuum. Because it has so many little holes it can be difficult to try to clean with a cloth, however a vacuum can suck the dirt out of even the tiny little spaces between. Use a brush attachment on your vacuum and work with the weave of the wicker.
Wicker cracks and splits when it dries out so you need to keep it moisturized - especially if you live in a dry climate. Use a damp cloth to wipe down the furniture occasionally to replace moisture and keep your wicker from cracking.
If your wicker is very dirty or dusty you can consider rinsing it down with a garden hose. Before using the furniture again after washing make sure that it is completely dry.
Wicker furniture can be a beautiful addition to your home and with the proper care can last for years to come.