Quality furniture is a significant investment expected to last for generations. But, just because it’s crafted for a lifetime of beauty and comfort, it doesn’t mean that there isn’t a little work involved. To maintain its beauty and help it last, furniture needs the right care.
To protect and care for your furniture, we suggest the following:
Modern leather requires little cleaning or special care. Frequent dusting is the only real requirement. If soil accumulates, remove it using a clean, damp cloth without saturating the leather. When leather furniture requires a more thorough cleansing, spot-test your leather cleanser in the least obvious area before using it anywhere else on the furniture. The leather conditioners and cleaners which we recommend are produced by Guardsman. DuBois Furniture carries a wide variety of Guardsman products to help you keep your leather looking fabulous.
Wrinkles certainly add character and a natural aged look to leather. But you can easily slow the onset of wrinkles by fluffing and turning detached cushions and pillows regularly.
Blot any liquid spills on leather with a soft white cloth before using any leather cleaner.
Sunlight and Heat
Exposure to direct sunlight harms and fades leather over time. Keep leather pieces out of contact with direct sunlight. Also, allow a couple of feet between leather furniture and any direct heat source, such as a vent or a fireplace, which can quickly dry out the material.
Never use ink pens near leather furniture. Also, do not place printed materials on the leather as these may transfer ink onto the furniture and damage it permanently.
Keep upholstery beautiful and dust-free by vacuuming it weekly. That includes areas between and underneath all cushions.
Keep upholstery from becoming flat or wrinkled by fluffing and turning detached cushions and pillows regularly.
Upholstery care depends greatly on the fabric you've chosen. Even water alone is capable of altering the appearance of natural fibers. Please consult our customer service department to determine proper care for your particular upholstered furniture.
Both extreme humidity and extreme dryness can be harmful to upholstered furniture. Avoid both humidifiers and vents in the vicinity of such pieces.
Sunlight and Heat
Exposure to direct sunlight can harm and fade any upholstered surface over time. Keep upholstery out of contact with direct sunlight as it can bleach and weaken fabrics. Also allow a couple of feet between upholstery and any direct heat source, such as a fireplace.
Regularly clean and polish your wood furniture to prevent dust buildup and maintain its finish. Use a clean, soft, dry, lint-free cloth, and always dust with the grain of the wood— never in a circular motion. DuBois Furniture recommends Guardsman products for the polishing and protection of wood furniture. See more information below concerning what polishes and care products to use and which ones you should avoid.
Though all of our wood furniture is finished and sealed, sunlight and heat, as well as humidity and liquid, can harm it and/or change its appearance. Also, fluctuating temperatures cause wood to swell and shrink, so an environment with consistent temperature is recommended. Never place anything hot onto a wooden surface as it can cause discoloration. Keep wooden furniture away from air vents, humidifiers and fireplaces, as well as direct sunlight. All can have drying and/or bleaching effects.
Use coasters or dishes under drinks, plants or anything else that contains liquid. Never let liquid or liquid-holding containers sit directly on wooden furniture surfaces, as they can leave white marks that might not come off. Some liquids can dissolve finishes and require professional repairs.
If you find that a drawer doesn't slide as easily as it should, simply rub a candle on the drawer glides (the bottom of drawer where wood contacts wood). The wax coating will ensure smooth operation.
Wood Furniture Care Products
There are three basic types of wood furniture care products: silicone cleaners, waxes and polishes. We recommend avoiding silicone cleaners and waxes. While silicone cleaners create a high degree of shine, silicone seeps into even the highest-quality finishes, creating a barrier that will not accept stain or lacquer. This makes it virtually impossible to re-finish or touch-up your furniture.
Waxes should be avoided because their regular use may result in a build-up of wax film on the surface of the furniture. This build-up could actually attract dirt, smoke and other pollutants in the air, resulting in smudges and streaks. Also, many waxes contain grit that can permanently damage furniture surfaces if used improperly.
The polishes, which we recommend, contain detergents, emulsifiers and mineral oil. The detergents clean dirt from the furniture, the emulsifiers give it body to clean and last longer, and the mineral oil is left behind as a barrier for dirt and moisture that could harm finishes. There's no grit to harm the finish, no wax to build up and no silicone to raise the sheen and act as a barrier for touch-up and refinishing.
The very best types of polishes on the market today are made by Guardsman. Valspar, the company that owns Guardsman, is the same company that produces most of the finishes used by our manufacturers and other top furniture producers. Guardsman products have been specially formulated for these high-quality finishes, and unlike most polishes that you would find on your grocer’s aisle, these polishes contain no wax. DuBois offers a wide variety of Guardsman products to meet all your furniture care needs.
Your new furniture is an investment, one that we know you will want to protect for a long time. That’s why DuBois offers a large assortment of protection plans by Guardsman. We offer plans that cover upholstery, leather, wood, mattresses, and area rugs. Accidents happen, and Guardsman protection plans will give you the peace of mind that will allow you to truly enjoy your new furniture. Various plans offer protection from stains, rips, tears, burns, chips, dents, scratches, and many other accidental damages. If an issue arises, Guardsman will send a highly trained technician to your home to do any necessary repair work. These technicians are highly-trained furniture care and repair experts, fully equipped to handle most any common damage. In many cases, if furniture cannot be satisfactorily repaired, it will be replaced at no charge to you.