Dining and bedroom furniture care guide
Thank you for choosing your new furniture from Furniture Village. We hope that this care guide will help you to keep it looking beautiful for many years to come.
While everything at Furniture Village comes with a 5 year quality guarantee, it’s worth asking about our 5 year Guardsman Furniture Protection. This excellent cover plan will protect your new furniture from accidental damage including spills, stains and scratches. It’s well worth the extra cost to relax and enjoy your new furniture, worry-free.
- Before your furniture is delivered, please make sure that you have a clear path to your home and through entrance ways, and enough space for our Premier Delivery team to manoeuvre the furniture safely into your room.
- Once you’ve accepted your furniture and all the packaging has been removed, take a few minutes to inspect it. Make sure you’re completely satisfied before the delivery team leaves.
- If you have wooden floors, you may wish to use a protective felt on the feet of your new furniture to prevent scratching.
- If your furniture appears out of line when it’s assembled, check your floor is level. Some older buildings have uneven floors, and in that case you may need to contact a French Polisher to adjust legs, feet or hinges as required.
- When positioning a free-standing wardrobe or wall unit, remember to leave at least a 1” (2.5 cm) gap behind so air can circulate. Please use fixing brackets or straps supplied to secure new furniture to the wall for your safety.
Day to day care
Always follow the manufacturer’s cleaning instructions and use the products they recommend.
- Dust your furniture often with a lint-free cloth.
- Remove finger marks with an only slightly damp cloth. Avoid using detergent.
- We don’t recommend silicon or spray polishes or disposable furniture wipes because they can leave a residue on the surface of your furniture.
Hints for caring for different finishes
The following hints are guidelines. We recommend you follow the manufacturer’s exact cleaning instructions for your furniture.
- Lacquered easy care finish Dust daily and wipe occasionally with a damp cloth followed by a dry duster.
- Waxed finish Polish along the grain every 3 months with good quality natural beeswax. Use a soft duster to buff up and retain the natural look of your furniture, and avoid abrasive cleaners.
- Oiled finish You’ll need to ‘feed’ your furniture with linseed oil every 3-4 months. Keep a cloth especially for your furniture, and make SURE you never touch the furniture with soaps and detergents.
- Stone or travertine Wipe any marks or spills with a slightly damp cloth and then polish with a soft dry cloth. Be wary of acidic juices as they can stain. Use a few drops of a pH neutral cleaner, or stone soap and warm water for cleaning.
- Fabric or suede Vacuum fabric or suede chairs at low power using the soft furnishings attachment.
- Leather Wipe leather with a damp cotton cloth. If you need to use soap, make sure it doesn’t contain harsh detergents
- Accidental spills Blot up the excess immediately. Don’t try to remove the stain with excessive water or detergent. Professional cleaning or repair is usually the answer.
- Sun damage Wooden products can change colour with exposure to light. Regularly move any ornaments to avoid patches of colour where they have been placed. If room is only used for dining, consider keeping curtains drawn when the room is not in use. Leave your dining table fully extended if possible, or expose the leaves to similar light levels to avoid colour differences between them and the rest of the table top.
- Check the stability of your furniture regularly. With all furniture you might, from time to time, need to tighten bolts and other fixings.
Some dos and don'ts to help you to keep your furniture looking as good as new
- place furniture too close to direct heat such as radiators or air conditioning units.
- drag or push furniture when moving, it can damage fixings and affect stability. Move furniture by lifting, but never lift heavy furniture on your own.
- insert or remove leaves single handed. Damage is much less likely if you enlist the help of somebody else.
- put extremely hot dishes or cups onto a table top or cabinet, even on a mat or trivet. Extreme heat from dishes straight from the oven can travel through table protectors, so be careful.
- drag crockery and any other items across surfaces. Instead, lift and place items.
- overload shelves and drawers.
- place heavy items on drop down leaves or doors.
- rock backwards on dining chairs, or use chairs as impromptu step ladders.
- make sure the air in your room is not too humid or too dry and keep the room temperature regulated. Wooden furniture exchanges moisture with the air and will shrink and expand depending on air humidity.
- carry stone or travertine table tops vertically, never horizontally.
- consider using felt on the bottom of vases, lamps, ornaments and other accessories which could potentially scratch surfaces.
- use table mats on stone surfaces to protect the finish from plates, warm serving dishes and kitchenware.
- add extra protection with a table pad and/or table cloth on a dining table where there is regular, heavy use or if you have young children. It could save costly damage.
- take extra care with sharp objects such as cutlery and carving knives and objects that can mark the table such as pens.
- fit shelves and units according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
- if damage such as scratches, burns or staining does occur, seek professional help.
We're here to help
Our sales team is dedicated to supporting you. If you have any questions or concerns about your furniture, please contact your local Furniture Village store for help and advice.