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Product Care Guide

Genuine Leather

Leather is a natural product that has protective layer to resist most soiling and spills. However, our leather products require gentle care using suitable products for maintenance. Pay extra attention to areas that come into contact with hair or skin as they will show the first signs of wear and tear. Always be mindful of sharp or abrasive objects such as shoes and zippers that can damage the leather. Also note that dye transfer from clothes or other fabrics is possible. Protect your leather as soon as possible after delivery by contacting leather care professionals for assistance.

General Care Instructions:

  • Dust weekly or use a soft vacuum attachment to avoid the leather being scratched by loose particles
  • Depending on how often you use your leather furniture, apply a leather cleaner and condition once every 6-8 weeks
  • Immediately blot any spills that come into contact with the leather. Use a clean and white paper towel, gently blotting the affected area. Do not wipe as it may cause the spill to spread and damage other areas
  • Avoid vigorous rubbing when cleaning the leather.
Do Not:
  • Over clean the furniture, which can damage the protective layer and cause the leather to deteriorate prematurely
  • Soak the leather in any liquids
  • Use detergents, alcohol, chemicals, soaps, shoe polish, wax, window cleaner, silicone, saddle soap or any cleaning product not designed for leather as these may cause damage and discolouration
  • Sit on the furniture with wet swimming clothes or towels, which can leave a watermark on the leather – contributing to bleaching, mould growth and dye transfer.

 
Velvet Fabrics

Velvet is a luxurious textile created by a complex double weaving process that results in a densely plush nap. Shading, marking and texturing of the pile are an inherent characteristic of velvet and is not considered a fault.

General Care Instructions:

  • Depending on usage, a weekly vacuum with low suction and a soft brush accessory will remove dust and damaging dirt particles will help extend the life of your fabric and furniture
  • Dab spills immediately with a soft, clean, white cloth or absorbent paper towel. If possible, do not let spills dry and clean them as soon as possible
  • Pilling can occur on occasion and is not considered a fault. Use a soft dry brush in the direction of the pile to restore the natural fabric direction and loft
  • Professionally clean the fabric bi-annually or yearly
  • Rotate reversible seat cushions regularly to develop even cushioning on a sofa.
Do Not:
  • Place the items near direct heat sources, such as sunlight, heating, and windows.
  • Keep sharp or abrasive items such as shoes on or near your fabrics. Abrasive items can pull fibres which can develop into holes or tears
  • Use the item in wet clothing as it can leave a watermark on the fabric and can contribute to beaching, mould growth, and transfer dye
  • Use chemicals, alcohol or detergents to clean the fabrics as this may cause greater damage and discolouration.

 
Woven Fabrics

We use a variety of different fabrics on our products. Fabrics do naturally fade over time due to constant use, however, you can take these steps below to help prevent or slow this process.

General Care Instructions:

  • Depending on usage, a weekly vacuum with low suction and a soft brush accessory will remove dust and damaging dirt particles will help extend the life of your fabric and furniture
  • Dab spills immediately with a soft, clean, white cloth or absorbent paper towel. If possible, do not let spills dry and clean them as soon as possible
  • Pilling can occur on occasion and is not considered a fault. Fabric pills can be removed by a power operated pilling tool available at most general home supply stores
  • Professionally clean the fabric bi-annually or yearly
  • Rotate reversible seat cushions regularly to develop even cushioning on a sofa.
Do Not:
  • Place the items near direct heat sources, such as sunlight, heating, and windows
  • Keep sharp or abrasive items such as shoes on or near your fabrics. Abrasive items can pull fibres which can develop into holes or tears
  • Use the item in wet clothing as it can leave a watermark on the fabric and can contribute to beaching, mould growth, and transfer dye
  • Use chemicals, alcohol or detergents to clean the fabrics as this may cause greater damage and discolouration

 
Solid Timber

Solid timber products are unique and long lasting. Regular maintenance can slow the deterioration of hardwood furniture or even prevent it altogether. Hardwood furniture is usually very durable and simple to repair as opposed to cheaper alternatives. It is important to keep in mind that the condensation from hot and cold glasses can penetrate the finish and leave a white ring on your item.

General Care Instructions:

  • Clean and polish regularly. Depending on usage it is recommended to polish your solid timber items every 6 - 8 months
  • Use coasters and placemats to prevent water rings and scratches
  • Wood swells in high humidity and shrinks in low. These changes can warp the wood and in some circumstances cause the item to break. It is recommended to invest in a humidifier/dehumidifier if you live in an area that experiences extreme weather fluctuations
  • Dust the furniture every few days or so to ensure it continues to look shiny and prevents the dust from settling into the wood
  • Immediately blot any spills or sticky residue that come into contact with the timber. Use a slightly damp cloth, wiping in the direction of the wood grain followed by a dry towel to remove remaining moisture
  • Place the table indoors and away from direct heat sources, such as sunlight, heating, and windows. Direct heat sources can cause the timber to warp and, in extreme cases, break due to the temperature.
Do Not:
  • Use solvents or chemicals on the items. Select your cleaning products carefully and avoid cleaners that contain bleach, alcohol, ammonia based or contain silicone or any other chemicals that can stain or strip wood. Ideally look for natural alternatives
  • Place in an outdoor space. These tables are not suitable for an outdoor space.
  • Use coloured plastic on the timber. Coloured plastic can sometimes seep it’s colour into the wood and affect the timbers shape because of the heat and humidity.

 
Marble and Natural Stone

Marble is a natural stone material that is organically porous, soft, and more sensitive to chemicals than other stones such as granite. The marble stone will show wear sooner than other stone surfaces, but it can be restored with correct care and polishing by a stone care professional or restoration specialist.

Since marble is a porous stone, any substances that are left on marble surfaces can stain. We highly recommend cleaning any spills or food crumbs immediately with a lightly dampened cloth as this will minimise the imperfections to the item.

Do Not:

Avoid leaving cold cups or drink bottles as water condensation will also stain the marble. We highly recommend the use of coasters and placemats to further protect the integrity of the stone.

Examples of substances that may stain, etch, or mark the marble are:

  • Sauces
  • Oils
  • Acidic
  • Salad dressings
  • Fruit juices
  • Soft drinks
  • Wine and other alcohols
If any of these substances spill on your marble surface, we recommend cleaning immediately with a damp cloth and wipe dry. Blot spills as wiping the area will spread the spill.

Avoid the use of cleaning solutions below as some may stain, corrode or tarnish marble surfaces:
  • General-purpose cleaners
  • Bathroom cleaners
  • Grout cleaners
  • Descaling solutions
  • Vinegar
  • Bleach
  • Ammonia
  • Abrasive scrubs
  • Acid based cleaners
  • Soft cleansers

Timber Veneer

The timber used in this range is recycled elm timber veneer. These items are handmade and have been prepared to give them a unique finish and the timber is sourced organically. These items will naturally have distinctive characteristics such as cracks, grain patterns, splits and imperfections, which are then filled and evened out using square timber fillings where required. Please note that sudden and extreme changes in temperature and humidity can cause the timber to crack, split or warp. Reclaimed timber is prone to permanent damage from moisture and heat.

All timber surfaces will mellow and mature in colour over time. These aged and rustic features should be appreciated as part of the look and are not manufacturing defects. If you would like to see the item before dispatch to ensure you are happy with the colouring and table characteristics, please ask our sales team. Dissatisfaction with this natural finish look will be considered a change of mind and not a fault.

Please note that assembly should be completed by capable person/s with assembly experience. Gallery Furniture willaccept no liability for furniture damage or injury should the furniture be assembled incorrectly.

General Care Instructions:

  • Check table fixings periodically as it can loosen over time; re-tighten when necessary and avoid over-tightening
  • Every 8-12 months, apply a clear protective varnish (purchased from your local hardware store) to the furniture to protect the surface and maintain quality. Spot test before applying as some timbers can stain darker
  • Place the table indoors and away from direct heat sources, such as sunlight, heating, and windows. The nature of reclaimed timber is not suitable for outdoor use
  • Placemats and coasters are recommended to further protect the integrity of the timber
  • Immediately blot any spills or sticky residue that come into contact with the timber. Use a slightly damp cloth, wiping in the direction of the wood grain followed by a dry towel to remove remaining moisture
  • Frequently dust with a dry towel or duster to remove abrasive build ups of dust
  • Avoid direct contact with liquids or food scraps.
Do Not:
  • Drag the table or legs when moving. Ask for assistance and lift the table with a minimum of two people
  • Use detergents or cleaning chemicals to the surface as it will damage the timber.

 
Tempered Glass

Some of our products use tempered glass instead of regular glass. Although it is tougher and more durable than regular glass, tempered glass is not unbreakable and should be cared for like normal glass. Damaged glass may spontaneously shatter when not maintained properly.

General Care Instructions:

  • Dust glass regularly with a soft and dry cloth
  • Clean with glass cleaner, following the bottle instructions
  • Use place mats and coasters to protect the glass and prolong its longevity
  • For frosted glass, place the frosted side down to avoid damaging the surface.
Do Not:
  • Subject the glass to thermal or mechanical stress as it can weaken, break or shatter
  • Use the glass surface as a chopping area, and avoid contact with sharp or hard objects
  • Allow greasy or dirty items come into contact with the frosted side of frosted glass
  • Carelessly handle the glass product
  • Drop objects onto the glass surface.

Lucite and Acrylic Furniture

Acrylic's number one enemy is ammonia. So when it comes to cleaning Lucite and acrylic pieces. Don't use any cleaner that has ammonia. The ingredient causes acrylic and Lucite to become cloudy, something you won't be able to reverse.

Do Not:

Acrylic can scratch easily, so avoid contact with sharp or abrasive items. If you want to place a metal or similarly hard-edged object on top of an acrylic table or tray, "Treat it similarly to a lacquered table. Don’t drag anything across it; rather, lift up the item and then put it down."