Care & Maintenance
Timber Furniture Care
- Use tablecloths, table runners and coasters to help protect surfaces from scratching.
- Dust once a week using a soft cloth or soft duster.
- Beware using supermarket polishes and waxes as they can contain high levels of silicon and petroleum distillate which can damage the surface.
- Put moisture back into your timber furniture every 3 to 6 months using the appropriate product for that surface such as furniture wax.
- Avoid placing hot or wet items directly on the surface as they can leave marks which are difficult to remove.
- Avoid direct sunlight, as this will cause colour change. If the furniture is in direct sunlight, move items like vases around to avoid spotting.
- Avoid placing your furniture in front of heat sources such as fireplaces as this can dry the timber quickly and may result in splitting of the timber.
- Regularly clean and moisturise leather upholstery to maintain its appearance.
- Wipe water spills straight away, don't let it soak in. Water based stains will leave a mark.
- Clean up food spills straight away. Food oils can permanently bond with the leather.
- Vacuum regularly with a soft upholstery attachment. Wipe over the leather with a damp, soft, clean cloth weekly. Dirt and grime can act as abrasives on leather.
- If you can, rotate the cushions to even out the wear.
- Don't place leather furniture near direct light or heaters as they can fade and damage the leather.
- Try not to get body oils on the leather, as they can oxidise and change the colour of the leather.
Fabric Upholstery Care
- Vacuum regularly with a soft upholstery attachment. Dirt combined with body moisture can produce a grime discolouration to the fabric. Vacuuming will also remove grit that can also wear away the fabric.
- When you can, rotate the cushions to even out the wear.
- Temporary pilling can happen with some fabrics. This isn't considered a fault and can be removed using a de-pilling machine.
- Don't place the fabric in direct sunlight or near heaters as they can fade and damage the fabric. Use curtains and blinds to protect your furniture from direct sunlight through windows.
- Don't pull loose threads, cut them instead.
Natural Wicker Care
- Vacuum regularly using an upholstery attachment.
- Wipe down with a damp soft clean cloth weekly.
- Keep out of direct sunlight to avoid excessive fading.
Rugs & Floor Covering Care
- Vacuum regularly. Weekly vacuuming will reduce the effect of excess pile. Wool rugs will naturally shed excess pile during the first three months (or more depending on use). For jute and coir rugs the best care is regular vacuuming.
- Treat spots and stains promptly to prevent damage to the rug and to make cleaning easier.
- Blot Liquids with a dry absorbent white cloth or white paper towel.
- Contact a rug cleaning specialist if the stain cannot be removed.
- Use with a rug underlay, this will help to prevent the risk of dye transfer to the under surface, rug movement and to help protect timber flooring.
- Cut loose threads carefully with scissors. Never pull.
- Never rub a spill.
- Leave in direct sunlight - this can cause excessive fading.
Furniture Tipping Hazard
Young children love to climb and will often play on household furniture. However, climbing on furniture can place children at significant risk. Children climbing on furniture could cause it to topple over, resulting in serious injury. Each year, children are injured as a result of falling furniture, some fatally. Children under five are especially at risk. As a result, it is strongly recommended the following examples (but not limited to) are anchored to a wall:
- chests of drawers, tallboys, dressers, wardrobes and bedside tables over 500mm high
- Bookcases and cabinets over 600mm high
- Entertainment units over 500mm high
- Buffets and sideboards, consoles and entertainment units over 500mm high
Rice Furniture, its stores, subsidiaries and staff accept no liability in relation to a customers failure to secure items to a wall either correctly or at all.