Furniture Care Tips

General Tips
Upholstered Furniture
Fabric Upholstered Furniture
Vinyl Upholstered Furniture
Leather Furniture
Wood Furniture
Fabric/Leather Protection
and Comprehensive Warranties
Lacquer Finish
Polyurethane Finish
Oiled Finish
Metal Furniture


Most furniture should be kept out of direct sunlight. Direct sunlight will cause color fading, fabric deterioration, and wood furniture will dry out and crack.

All upholstered furniture should be vacuumed frequently to remove surface dust and dirt before it has a chance to work its way deep into the fiber structure. Dust and dirt can weaken fabrics and shorten their useful life. If the furniture has removable seat cushions, be sure to vacuum under them also.

Spills should be blotted up immediately, not wiped. Additional cleaning techniques depend on the fabric.

*Do no remove the fabric from the seat cushion cores when cleaning. You may not be able to get the cushion back into the casing.

If your furniture is upholstered in a light color, be it fabric, leather, or vinyl, certain types of clothing (jeans, in particular) may easily transfer their dyes to the upholstery, especially if the clothing is wet.
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If the seat cushions are removable (from the sofa or chair) they should be reversed every time that you vacuum. Depending on the individual cushion style, you may have to "reverse ends" whereby the left facing cushion gets reversed and now becomes the right facing cushion. Generally, cushions on sofas and love-seats are not interchangeable with each other.

Pilling (or "fuzz balls") is a natural result of using certain upholstered fabrics, and is not considered a defect! Pilling results from fabric fibers that have been worn by the friction of using the furniture or from small particles of fabric dust present in weaving factories. This is the same way clothes and towels produce lint in the clothes dryer.

In order to remove stains, you must first know the cleaning code for the fabric. The manufacturers may use slightly different codes. Cleaning codes have been standardized as follows:

S — Dry Clean
WS — Wet Shampoo
SW — Shampoo Dry Foam
X — Dry Clean Only
W —Wet Clean
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The greatest enemy of vinyl furniture is body and pet oils that are deposited through normal use. These oils will cause cracking and hardening of the material, greatly reducing the useful life of the product.

Weekly washing (using a sponge) with a solution of mild household detergent and water should remove this harmful substance. Be sure to rinse thoroughly with clear water to remove traces of the detergent, as this could also be harmful to the vinyl.
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There are two main types of leather that are used in upholstered furniture. The first is a "glazed" finish. It can be cared for similar to the instructions for Vinyl, being careful not to over saturate the surface.

The other type of leather is unfinished, also called "Chaps," Nubuck" or "Suede." This means that the leather surface is not smooth and shiny, it is dull and porous. Cleaning this type of leather should be left to a professional. With usage, the nap of the Nubuck leather will lay down and become shiny; this is normal for this type of leather!
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The major enemy of wood is moisture. Never allow liquids of any kind to remain on the wood surface. Moisture will cause veneer to lift and crack, and solid woods to crack, swell and discolor. Never use any cleaner with ammonia, like Windex, it will chemically attack the finish.

Use coasters before placing a beverage on any wood surfaces including dining tables, coffee table, end table, nightstand, etc.

Wood furniture is manufactured to sit level from side to side and front to back. If you have doors that do no align properly, or drawers that bind, try to level the furniture with wood shims or something similar. These can be purchased in a hardware store. If drawers still bind, try coating the drawer slides with bar soap or candle wax. Shims can also be used if the floor is not level and the furniture is tilted in one direction.
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The RoomStore makes available to you the opportunity to purchase additional warranty protection for your furniture. (For quick reference attach your extended warranty information to the back of this booklet) Should any situation arise you are to contact your provider immediately.

If you choose to protect you upholstered furniture with fabric protection, you are covered against stains from common household foods and beverages. SEE YOUR WARRANTY FOR ANY ADDITIONAL COVERAGE OR EXCLUSIONS. All stains should be reported immediately to your provider. You will receive a warranty form at the time of your purchase. Make sure you understand and proceed following your extended warranty provider's instructions.

If you have a stain, call your extended warranty provider at once, many have a limited time it which each stain must be reported. We recommend reporting each stain within 48 hours. Do not attempt to clean any product with water or any chemical as this could further damage the product or set the stain. Call the appropriate number on the warranty for immediate assistance.

Purchasing fabric protection is not a guarantee against normal wear and tear or normal everyday soiling. With use, your furniture will get dirty. It's recommended that you have your new furniture professionally cleaned at least once a year more often if necessary.

The same basic format should be followed if you have purchased the leather protection, extended warranty. All stains should be reported to your provider immediately.

The comprehensive plans offered are for upholstery, leather, wood, and glass. Make sure to refer to your provider's warranty.’’
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Lacquer finished furniture can be distinguished by the mirror-like surface and the texture of the wood grain coming through the finish. You can actually feel the graining when you move your hand over the surface. The wood can be either solid or a veneer (very thin sheets of wood laminated to plywood or particleboard.) To clean, use a wood cleaner that will moisturize, such as Murphy's Oil Soap.
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A high gloss finish and a very smooth surface can distinguish polyurethane finished furniture. Since the surface is like glass, no polish will penetrate the surface to nourish the wood, cleaning can be done with a soft damp cloth. If necessary, use a surface cleaner that does not contain ammonia. Ammonia will cloud the finish.
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There are many types of laminated wood products. Laminate is a thin sheet of wood attached to a particle board base. Some are then sprayed with lacquer and should be cared for the same as Lacquer finish above. Some have a natural wood finish and should be cared for with lemon oil to moisturize the wood.
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Formica is bonded to a particle board base and is easily cleaned with a damp cloth.
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An oiled finished product is a raw wood surface with no other type of sealer applied over. You can recognize this type of finish by the lack of sheen and the fact that the grain is exposed. Clean the finish with penetrating furniture oil such as Murphy's Oil Soap. You can then protect the surface with wood wax or bees-wax.
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Be sure to follow the attached manufacturer instructions for mattress care.
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Don't put any heavy weight on the glass. Never allow even a small child to sit on a glass table. Do not apply glass cleaner directly to glass that is part of a wood product i.e. coffee tables. The overspray from the cleaner can damage the wood. Instead, spray the cleaner onto a clean cloth and wipe. A little cleaner generally goes a long way.
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Hanging mirrors can be very heavy. To secure them safely onto your wall use mollies or plugs before putting the screws into the wall. Use mirror clips (purchase at a hardware store) at the bottom of the mirror to ensure a secure foundation. A level can be used to determine that the mirror is hanging straight.
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Metal sofa tables and lamps can be cleaned with a damp (not wet) cloth. Follow same cleaning instructions for glass insert above.
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