Dining furniture care guide

Congratulations! You’ve chosen the perfect dining table and chairs, dining set, or dining room cabinet. Keep it looking like new by following the straightforward recommendations in this guide.
Simply view the section that applies to the type of furniture you’ve purchased – wood; glass; lacquered, veneer and high gloss; or stone and travertine. If your dining chairs are upholstered in either leather or fabric, take a look at our Upholstery care guide.

Looking after your furniture

Welcoming your new furniture home

When taking delivery of new furniture, especially larger more expensive pieces like dining tables and chairs, it’s important to be prepared.

We recommend that you purchase protective felt pads or plastic non-slip feet for your new dining table to make sure it doesn’t scratch your floor. And please make sure that you’ve cleared a path for the delivery team to get through your house.

When your new furniture is in place, remove all the packaging and take a few minutes to make sure you’re completely satisfied – before the delivery team leaves.

Prolonging the life of your dining furniture

Here are our top tip to help you keep your dining furniture in tip top condition

Be careful not to place furniture too close to direct heat, such as radiators, or air conditioning units.

Avoid dragging crockery over your table or cabinet surfaces, and take extra care with sharp objects like cutlery and carving knives, and anything that can leave a mark, like pens.

When moving furniture, don’t drag or push it as this can damage fixings and affect stability.

Put felt on the bottom of vases, lamps and ornaments to avoid scratching surfaces.

Check the stability of all the joints in your tables and chairs regularly, and tighten bolts and other fixings from time to time.

If your dining table gets a lot of use or if you have young children, use a table pad or a table cloth at all times. But remember – don’t put very hot dishes or cups onto a table top or cabinet, even if you use a protective mat or trivet.

Avoid swinging or standing on chairs, or using them for storage as a rocking motion and additional weight can weaken them.

Don’t overload shelves and drawers or place heavy items on drop down leaves or doors.

If your dining set is used regularly, consider investing in washable seat pads or cushions for your chairs.

Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when fitting shelves and assembling or disassembling furniture.

General cleaning guidelines

Minor Spills
It’s worth investing in table mats, coasters and even trivets to prevent hot plates, wet glasses and liquid spills marking the surface of your new dining table, sideboard or cabinet.

If spills happen regularly, use a tablecloth or spill-friendly wax cloth table covering, and make it even more effective by placing a heat-resistant table pad underneath.

Major Spills
If there’s a major spill, blot it immediately using a clean cloth or kitchen towel, aiming to soak up as much of the excess as possible.

When a spill is serious, professional cleaning is usually the answer, as attempts to clean it yourself may do further damage to your furniture. We always recommend getting advice on a serious spill, and calling a professional in to carry out any furniture repairs.

Add accidental damage cover

While everything at Furniture Village comes with a 20 year quality guarantee, It's worth asking about our 5 year Guardsman Furniture Protection for dining furniture. This worthwhile insurance plan will cover your new dining furniture against any accidental damage.

Be safe

Never move or carry an extending table while the extension leaves are in use – always return the table to its unextended position first. And remember that inserting or removing the extra leaves of an extending table is a two-person job.

To prevent injury and property damage from unexpected tipping of furniture, we highly recommend installation of anti-tip kits, if supplied with your furniture and for any piece of furniture over 600mm in height. As hardware may loosen overtime, periodically check that all connections are tight, and re-tighten as necessary.

The Furniture Village 20-year structural guarantee

At Furniture Village, every single item we sell is built to last and fit to withstand everyday life. That’s why all our sofas and beds, and all dining and bedroom furniture comes with our free 20-year structural guarantee. So you can buy with confidence – and enjoy your furniture for years to come.
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We are here to help

If you have any questions or concerns about your new furniture, please contact your local Furniture Village store for help and advice.