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CARE FOR UPHOLSTERY AND LEATHER

Your new upholstery piece has been custom made just for you. Please read about how you can keep it looking beautiful and comfortable with just a little special attention.

All seat cushions should be reversed weekly and seat cushions of a sofa should be rotated to achieve consistent wear. Turning cushions often will help prevent the covers from shifting on core units

Seat and back cushions may relax with use and show comfort wrinkles or creases. All back and toss pillows should be fluffed often to keep a luxurious appearance and comfortable feel. Cushions containing a blend of down, feathers and fiber require more frequent fluffing.

Vacuuming and light brushing every week is recommended to remove dust and to prevent soiling. A characteristic of some upholstery fabrics is pilling. Pilling is excess fiber which comes off the surface of the fabric, resulting in small balls or pills. This is a result of normal use and not a fabric defect. When the excess fiber is gone the pilling will stop. Vacuuming, along with the use of a fabric or sweater shaver, will restore the look of the cover. Always test in an inconspicuous area.

Avoid exposure to sun for all upholstered products. The ultraviolet rays can discolor or fade fabrics and leathers. Even indirect sunlight can affect fabrics. Consider rearranging or rotating your home furnishings from time to time to allow more uniform fading.

Chenille and velvet fabrics have a nap. Due to the pile not being flat, it tends to reflect and absorb light in varying degrees, depending on the angle from which you view it. This causes the fabric to appear lighter and darker within the overall piece. This shading is a natural occurrence in this type of fabric.

Place upholstered furniture at least 20” away from heating or air conditioning outlets. Avoid exposing upholstered furniture to extreme hot or cold temperatures, or prolonged moisture. The ideal environment is 65 - 75 degrees Fahrenheit with a relative humidity between 35 - 40 percent.

Extra maintenance may be required for homes with pets. Pets curling up, on or leaning against your upholstered furniture may cause soiling from their natural body oils.

Upholstery fabrics and leathers are vulnerable to perspiration and oils from skin, hair and soiled hands or clothing. Protect your furniture by placing a cloth where heads rest, and using arm caps.

Avoid sharp objects for all upholstery or leather. Buckles, keys and toys can scratch or tear the surface.

Upholstered furniture is not intended to be stood on, jumped on or bounced on. These misuses may result in damages which are not covered under warranty.

While no fabric is warranted by manufacturers for wear-ability, fading, wrinkling or stretching; the following above guidelines will keep your upholstery looking its best.


CARE FOR PRODUCTS

Below are some guidelines to keep your furniture in shape for a lifetime, please read below for details on how to care for your French Heritage furniture.

 

  • Normal Usage
  • Care for Avenue & Felix Monge
  • Care For Maison and Accents
  • Care For Paris Loft
Normal Usage

Wood is a natural material with variations of color shade, configuration, streaks, and grain structure. Each individual piece of French Heritage furniture has characteristic markings that will differ from photo and showroom samples. Don't be afraid to use your French Heritage furniture - that is what it's for! When you put fine furniture into your home or office, give it the care it deserves. Regular attention and maintenance of fine furniture can ensure its beauty for years to come.

Dust your wood pieces weekly to clean the surface and protect the finish from soil build-up. Use a clean, lint-free, absorbent cloth.

Protect all wood furniture from direct sunlight. Exposure to the suns rays may dry wood and bleach color.

Wood breathes almost like we do, so extremely moist or dry air should be avoided. Use a humidifier or dehumidifier when needed and do not place wood furniture near air vents.

Add felt pads to accessory bottoms to prevent scratching and use coasters to prevent water marks. Do not let water stand on a wood surface and use a protective plate under vases.

Care for Avenue & Felix Monge

Each piece of furniture is finished with the greatest care using techniques that have been employed for two hundred years. Natural lacquer, French enamel and beeswax are used to create an incredible shine. The aging and the variations of the shine and textures are part of an exceptional and unique way of hand finishing.

Lacquers, varnishes, shellacs, polyurethane/polyester finishes and painted surfaces can be protected with waxes or polishes. Select the wax or polish according to the level of gloss or sheen you desire. Do not mix products as a dull film may result.

A beautiful high gloss is achieved with consecutive applications of paste wax with a lot of buffing. Paste wax is recommended, and offers the best protection for fine wood with a hard finish. Beeswax is a softer, more nourishing wax, and carnauba, a tougher, harder wax.

Satin-gloss and low-gloss finishes are best achieved and maintained by the use of cream waxes or liquid cleaning polishes which do not contain silicones. French Heritage does not recommend the use of products containing silicone as they build up on the surface and are hard to remove.

Care For Maison and Accents

Maison and Accents pieces are hand rubbed or painted finishes on either solid wood or wood with veneers. Their finish is usually a satin or low gloss finish. To protect use cream waxes, liquid polishes or aerosol sprays without silicone.

Care For Paris Loft

Paris Loft Collections are made from reclaimed teak from Java and are certified by the Forestry Stewardship Council. Their surfaces range from smooth to a more rustic hand and the finish techniques are all eco-friendly. To maintain these pieces simply hand rub with bees wax once a year. Apply the wax, let sit for the wax to soak in, and dry off the remaining wax.


HOME FURNISHINGS INDUSTRY CLEANING CODES

The following cleaning codes were adopted by the home furnishings industry in the late 60's in order to create a standardized format to rate the methods of cleaning various types of fabrics. When shopping for new furniture, you should be aware of the cleaning code for your new upholstered furniture. The cleaning code will give you insight to the use and care of your new furniture. Be cautious when trying to clean fabric. Always pre-test in some inconspicuous place. French Heritage accepts no responsibility for any damage or problems that result from the following information.

 

  • Code W
  • Code S
  • Code W-S
  • Code X
  • Leather Cleaning
  • Natural and top grain leathers
  • Top grain leathers
Water Based Cleaners

To prevent overall soiling, frequent vacuuming or light brushing to remove dust and grime is recommended. Spot clean using the foam only from a water-based cleaning agent such as a mild detergent or non-solvent upholstery shampoo. Apply foam with a soft rag or brush in a circular motion. Vacuum when dry. Always pretest a small area before proceeding.

Solvent or Dry Cleaning Products

To prevent overall soiling, frequent vacuuming or light brushing to remove dust and grime is recommended. Spot clean using a mild water-free solvent or dry cleaning product. Clean only in a well ventilated room and avoid any product containing carbon tetrachloride which is highly toxic. Always pretest small area before proceeding.

Solvent and/or Water Based Cleaners

To prevent overall soiling, frequent vacuuming or light brushing to remove dust and grime is recommended. Spot clean with a mild solvent, an upholstery shampoo or the foam from a mild detergent. When using a solvent or dry cleaning product, follow instructions carefully and clean only in a well ventilated room. With either method, pretest a small area before proceeding.

Vacuum or Brush Only

Clean this fabric only by vacuuming or light brushing to prevent accumulation of dust and grime. Water based foam cleaners or solvent based cleaning agents of any kind may cause excessive shrinking, staining, or distortion of the surface pile and therefore should not be used.

Leather is the most durable and easily maintained upholstery materials, but it does require proper care and attention. Leather is a natural material and each hide has unique characteristics. Several hides are required to upholster a piece of furniture. Hide variations such as color, grain, and natural markings can be expected. For routine care and maintenance, occasional wiping with a white, soft, damp cloth is all leather furniture will need. Avoid using any acidic soap, which will alter the leather’s pH balance. Soaps can also cause leather to prematurely age as well as weaken and discolor.
Unprotected

For spots and spills blot, do not rub, and remove excess liquid immediately with a clean cloth or sponge. Let air dry. The leather will initially repel most liquids, however, if left to stand, the liquid will be absorbed. If absorbed, stains will dissipate through evaporation of the fiber structure with time. For stubborn stains use a clean, absorbent cloth or sponge. Apply a mild solution of any non-acidic soap and distilled water rubbing front to back, or side to side motion. Do not rub in circles. Clean an area larger than the stain to avoid spotting. Wipe clean using a damp cloth. Go over the area once more using a damp cloth and rub the clean area in one direction. Allow to air dry. It may be necessary to repeat this process for extreme stains.

Protected

For spots and spills blot excess liquid immediately with a clean cloth or sponge. Apply a mild moistened clean cloth or sponge. Repeat process, if necessary, for stubborn stains. Absorbed stains will dissipate through evaporation