Caring for your upholstery
Our collection of home textiles is selected to meet high standards of quality and style. Some fabrics have inherent characteristics that are part of their charm-such as subtle color variations, shading and textural variations on woven fabrics-and with use, seat cushions will soften and lose some of their initial loft, resulting in comfort wrinkles and enhancing the relaxed look and feel of the piece.
Simple PrecautionsEffects of Sunlight.
- Sunlight can damage fibers and cause fabrics and leathers to fade. Arrange furniture away from direct sunlight.
- The use of lined draperies, window shades, or blinds can prevent sun damage.
- Extreme temperature variations can be harmful to upholstered furniture. Hot radiators or heating ducts can dry fabric fibers and fade colors.
- Cold, dry air from air-conditioning outlets can affect both the fabric and the frame. Arrange furniture so it is at least two (2) feet away from air-conditioning or heating outlets.
- Do not store upholstery in a damp basement or a hot attic. The dimensional stability of certain fabrics, particularly those made of natural fibers, can be affected by climate changes in the home. When humidity is high, the fabric may lengthen as it absorbs moisture. This results in a less taut appearance in the upholstery.
- Fume fading occurs when gases and fumes from furnaces, cook tops and cars mix with oxygen and humidity to form an acid. This mild acid reacts with fabric fibers and causes deterioration and discoloration
- Be aware that tobacco smoke, heating systems, and auto exhausts may also leave a greasy residue. This type of soiling can be found near heating and air-conditioning vents and windows.
- Muddy paws, snagging claws, and shedding are a natural part of pet ownership. Extra maintenance may be required for homes with pets. If you can't resist pampering a pet, protect your upholstery and be sure to vacuum it often.
Perspiration and Body Oils
- Upholstery fabrics and leather can absorb perspiration and oil from skin, hair, soiled hands and clothing. Protect your furniture by placing cloths where heads rest and using arm caps.
- Avoid placing newspapers on upholstered items. The newsprint can rub off on the fabric or leather, dulling the color and contributing to overall soiling.
Punctures and Tears
- Be careful not to snag or puncture your upholstery fabric or leather with jewelry, belts or shoe buckles, or the contents of pockets.
- Upholstery is not intended to be stood upon, jumped on, or bounced on. These uses may result in damages that will not be covered under Warranty.
Standard Care ProceduresTo prolong the beauty of your upholstered furniture, please follow these simple care procedures:
- Rotate seat cushions. Turn, fluff, and rotate seat cushions and back pillows weekly-regardless of how much the seating was used-to minimize premature wear of the cushion core, control welt slippage and maintain even fabric color.
- Vacuum regularly to remove dust. Although you won't see it as you do on a tabletop, dust settles on your upholstery and can soil and abrade it, if it isn't removed regularly. We recommend weekly vacuuming with an appropriate vacuum cleaner attachment.
- Clean spills immediately. Blot (do not rub) all spills immediately with a clean, dry white cloth.
- Spot clean according to the instructions on the label.
- Do not clean cushion covers separately. Even though they have zippers, the cushion covers are designed to be cleaned in the same manner as the rest of the upholstery.