Furniture Care

Caring for your Rustic Waxed Furniture

Our Rustic Plank furniture range has a rough sawn texture and comes hand waxed using Fiddes & Sons Supreme Wax Polish called ‘Stripped Pine’, this is available for purchase in store at Curiosity Interiors.

Each of our Rustic Plank furniture pieces are handmade using natural materials and so may have slight imperfections, this is due to natural causes and not a fault in your furniture.

  • It is not necessary to regularly re-apply wax to your furniture; we recommend re-waxing to cover any marks or scratches over time.
  • It is best to avoid placing your furniture near to heat sources such as radiators. Temperature needs to be controlled as the furniture will expand and contract in extreme temperatures.
  • Added moisture may cause the panels in your furniture to move slightly, so adequate ventilation should be provided to minimise this.
  • Light will, over a period of time, slightly alter the colour of your furniture; this is just part of the ageing process.
  • Always use coasters and place mats when placing hot drinks and food onto your furniture.
  • Never use chemicals such as bleach, all-purpose cleaning sprays or any abrasive materials to clean the furniture.
  • Try not to leave your furniture in direct sunlight, this could dry out the wood and lead to fading.

Caring for your Leather Furniture

Our leather furniture pieces are  uncorrected aniline leather, which means that during the tanning process, the patina of the hide is enhanced by the use of natural oils. No pigments are used, so that the inherent grain and markings shine through. Each and every defect is clearly visible, and scarring, mottling, wrinkling and shading are distinctive features. Because it is natural material, aniline leather breathes better and wears longer than inferior, more processed leathers. Uncorrected aniline leather is the most expensive leather in the world. Why? Because only the very best hides are used. Each hide, and so each piece of furniture is 100% unique and, because it is a natural product, will vary slightly in colour.

Don’t the Markings Weaken the Leather?
No – they merely add to its’ charm. To remove the scars would destroy the look we are trying to achieve at Curiosity Interiors.
How do I look after the leather?
Any fingernail scratches can be removed with a warm damp cloth. Other specialist cleaning products are available to keep your leather looking beautiful.
I’ve just unwrapped my sofa, and the leather is scratched. How do I treat this?
Simply rub the scratch gently with your finger – your body warmth will dissipate the waxy finish on the leather, which will move to recover the mark. If this does not work, try rubbing with a clean cloth which has been lightly dampened with clean, distilled water.

Customer Care Recommendations:
• Leather is a natural product and requires care to maintain the natural beauty of the product.
• Under normal usage/conditions regular dusting and vacuum cleaning is all that is necessary to clean your furniture.
• For minor scratches on the surface, use a chamois or clean fingers to gently buff the scratch.  If needed, moisten lightly with distilled water to work scratches out.
• For minor spots and spills, wipe up any excess liquid immediately with a clean absorbent cloth or sponge.
• If necessary, use a lightly moistened soft cloth with clean lukewarm water and let air dry naturally.  If water is used, clean the entire area where the spot occurred.
• Do not use soap or soak the stain heavily with water. This may cause more damage than the stain itself.
• If the stain persists, it is recommended that the leather be cleaned by a professional leather specialist to avoid any potential damage to the leather.
• For butter, oil, or grease wipe off excess with a clean dry cloth, and then leave alone as the spot should dissipate into the leather after a short period of time.
• Protect your furniture from sun and direct light like any upholstery material.  It can fade to some degree if exposed to the sun.
• These are recommended or suggested methods of cleaning. Always try any cleaning method in a hidden area first to convince yourself of the results.

Caring for your Sofa or Upholstered Furniture
Great care has been taken to ensure that your suite complies with all furniture regulations so that it will give you years of satisfaction. Outlined below are general care instructions that will prolong its look and life by preventing wear and damage.
Please note that the manufacturer is not liable for any defects caused by misuse, non compliance with these instructions, or specialist treatments applied by the retailer.

Pile Fabrics (Velvet, Chenille etc.)
These are beautiful fabrics that will generally perform well. But it should be borne in mind that all pile fabrics are subject to creasing, crushing and shading. This is not regarded as a complaint but a characteristic of the cloth.

Cushion Care:
•    Rotate cushion positions daily to even out wear and to maintain the shape.
•    Sitting on the edge of cushions or arm pads will accelerate wear and cause permanent distortion.
•    Foam cushions will soften gradually during initial use.
•    Rotate and plump fibre and feather cushions daily. Fibre fillings and feather cushions can lose their ability to keep their original shape if not plumped by shaking and squeezing vigorously, if possible with their zips open, to redistribute fibres after use. Claims for flattened cushions cannot be accepted where they have obviously not been maintained in accordance with these instructions.
What Not To Do:
•    Never rub or scrub with a wet cloth to remove spills or stains as this will damage the fabric and remove colour.
•    Do not use washing-up liquid, detergents or bleach to remove stains.
•    Liquid spills- blot or soak up immediately using a soft colour-fast absorbent cloth, using a dabbing action.
•    Solid spills (food, mud etc)- Remove excess with a blunt knife before dabbing to clean stains.
•    Water based stains- Use a specialist upholstery shampoo. Use mixture sparingly. Dab gently from outer edge inwards. Dab out shampoo afterwards using warm water.
•    Do not soak
•    Pen, Ink, Fruit or Blood- Use a specialist cleaner.
•    Oil based stains (butter, margarine, cleaner etc)- Use a specialist cleaner or dry clean suite.
Cleaning:
We recommend regular Dry Cleaning or Professional Cleaning only, for our upholstered furniture, to prevent excessive build up of dirt and soiling.
General Care:
Dirt and dust will rapidly increase fabric wear and can also cause both the dulling and fading of colours. It is imperative that a programme of regular cleaning is undertaken at least weekly.
•    Remove dust by pre brushing with a soft brush.
•    Vacuum all areas paying special attention to arm fronts and arms.
Sunlight and Heat
•    Direct sunlight or heat can cause fabrics to deteriorate or fade. Place your furniture out of the way of prolonged direct light.
•    Avoid placing furniture too close to fires or radiators.
•    Reduce exposure by moving items around or changing position so that the same piece of area is not always exposed.
Prevent Abuse and Excessive Force
•    Restrain children from climbing or jumping on the suite, especially in shoes.
•    Do not allow domestic pets to climb on the furniture or chew or claw at it.
•    Do not misuse your suite by applying excessive weight by sitting on arms or edges of cushions as these will cause permanent disfigured upholstery.
Beware of Sharp or Hot Objects
•    Sharp objects such as buckles, toys and jewellery can easily snag on the fabric and produce tears or pulls in the fabric.
•    Hot objects such as heat from cups and mugs can permanently disfigure upholstery.
Loose Threads
•    Threads should be cut off and not pulled.
Cigarettes
•    Take care with cigarettes and avoid leaving any ashtrays with lighted cigarettes unattended on any piece of upholstered furniture, as these actions can constitute a serious fire hazard. Carelessness causes fire.
All foams fillings and composites have been tested to ensure compliance with the relevant ignitability test. All covers and fillings have been tested to ensure that they are cigarette resistant. All covers have been tested to ensure they are match resistant. 

If you are unsure of anything please call us on 01773 834999 or email contactus@curiosityinteriors.co.uk