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Caring For Your Furniture

Our furniture collections use a variety of natural and man made materials varying from antique mirror to cotton velvet and brass leaf to cherry wood. Here are a few tips and pointers for keeping your furniture in the best possible condition, with the correct care it will give you many years of comfort. 

 

CARING FOR YOUR SOFA

GENERAL CARE

Our craftsmen build to the highest standards of durability, comfort and safety with all Living by Christiane Lemieux furniture complying with current regulations on flammability.

All cushions, whether foam, fibre or feather filled, should be plumped up regularly, especially fibre or feather filled. Plumping is vital to best maintain upholstery on an ongoing basis, to help retain softness, comfort and appearance. Where cushions are reversible they should be turned regularly to prolong the life of both filling and fabric. Leather cushions may not be reversible as it is sometimes necessary to use fabric on the reverse to allow the cushions to breathe. Occasionally it may be necessary to undo the zip and slide your arm inside to re-adjust the edges of cushion in relation to the piping on the cushion cover during use.

Upholstered furniture will lighten over time if it's exposed to direct sunlight, so be careful where you place your furniture pieces.

Make sure the feet on your chair or sofa are tightly fastened. Try not to drag them to avoid damage to the feet, or your floor.

FABRIC CARE

Use a vacuum cleaner or soft brush to remove surface dust on a weekly basis. Non-removable covers should not be washed or dry-cleaned.

We do not recommend the use of spirit cleaner to remove spots and stains. If however, you choose to spot clean please be careful to follow the manufacturer's instructions.

Some marks can be removed using a cloth moistened with mild soapy water-but never detergent.

VELVET CARE

One of the characteristics of velvet is its inherent nap: that is, the pile of the fabric will move and catch the light in different directions. This is the nature of the fabric and it should not be viewed as a fault.

Sometimes, the pile may appear crushed when new, but this can be resolved by sweeping with a clothes brush (or in rare cases, by professional steaming). Over time, the pile will crush but this is part of the antiquing process and will not affect the durability or charm of the product.

 

CARING FOR YOUR HARD FURNITURE

 

WOODEN FURNITURE GENERAL CARE

FINISH

Unless otherwise specified, our collections of wood furniture are usually finished in a durable clear lacquer. This provides an easy to care for durable finish that doesn't compromise the natural beauty of the wood grain.

CARE

Solid woods may expand and shrink with differences in temperature and humidity. Take care not to place your furniture next to radiators or anywhere subject to excessive changes in temperature or moisture content. We recommend that all kitchenware and beverages should be placed on mats and any spillages should be wiped away immediately.

CLEANING

To clean, wipe with a damp cloth before buffing with a dry cloth. In the event of more stubborn marks, a solution of mild detergent should be used on the cloth. Silicone based polishes should not be used on the wood as they will build up and leave a sticky residue on the surface.

HEAT

Never place hot items such as dishes directly onto the furniture without using a heat resistant mat or trivet as direct heat will draw out the moisture in the wood leaving a ring mark ingrained into the wood.

 

TAKING CARE OF YOUR METAL FINISHES

Due to the mixed media nature of our furniture many of our pieces contain metal components ranging from large frames to small leg details. The finish on these components is achieved through a variety of methods be this leafing, electroplating or powder coating. Here are are a few tips on how to keep you metal finish in the perfect condition. Please note brass tarnishes over time this is part of the antiquing process and will not affect the durability or charm of the product. 

BRASS LEAF

All our brass leaf finishes are protected with a coating of clear lacquer to help prevent the tarnishing process. This finish is very delicate so please take great care when moving the product as contact with a hard surface could cause the leaf to chip off. To clean, wipe with a damp cloth before buffing with a dry cloth. In the event of more stubborn marks, a solution of mild detergent should be used on the cloth. To protect finish, avoid the use of chemicals or household cleaners. 

ELECTROPLATED METAL

All our electroplated brass finishes are protected with a coating of clear lacquer to help prevent the tarnishing process. To clean, wipe with a damp cloth before buffing with a dry cloth. In the event of more stubborn marks, a solution of mild detergent should be used on the cloth. To protect finish, avoid the use of chemicals or household cleaners.

POWDER COATED METAL

To clean, wipe with a damp cloth before buffing with a dry cloth. In the event of more stubborn marks, a solution of mild detergent should be used on the cloth. To protect finish, avoid the use of chemicals or household cleaners.