Oak Furniture Care
When cared for correctly by following a few very basic rules and care procedures, your Oak furniture should give you a lifetime of continuous use and enjoyment.
Grain Patterns, Wood Shading And Knots: Our Oak furniture is made from one of nature’s most beautiful materials and each piece of wood carries its own unique features with variations in grain patterns, wood shading and may even contain small knots. These unique features are not faults in the wood or do they affect the quality of the furniture they are simply natural features which give every piece of furniture its own individual identity.
Expansion: Average household humidity levels are between 30 - 50% depending on climatic conditions. It is therefore imperative that the furniture is kept in a warm and dry environment. All timber expands and contracts naturally during seasonal changes in humidity and atmospheric temperature. Con-tempo Furniture is designed to take account of these changes however some movement may be visible & excessive moisture may occasionally make drawer movements a little stiff.
Spillages: Avoid spilling any liquids onto your furniture as they may stain or affect the finish if not immediately attended to. Spills should be removed immediately with a dry cloth.
Oil Finish : To maintain your beautiful oiled furniture we recommend regular treatments with Danish oil every six months. Simply apply a thin coat with a soft, lint free cloth and leave for 5-10 minutes for the oil to penetrate, before removing any excess. Leave for a further 30 minutes and wipe dry. Even minor damage in the form of small scratches, dents and general wear and tear can easily be remedied using Danish oil and a cloth. NB: Never use chemical, abrasive materials or cleaners on your furniture.
Lacquer Finish: Our lacquered finish is extremely durable, which makes furniture easy to look after. Just polish regularly with a good quality furniture polish or simply wipe down with a damp cloth. A beeswax furniture polish may also be applied twice a year but the use of any polish containing silicone is not recommended as it can lead to a build up of silicone film, which will alter the appearance of the piece. Minor damage in the form of small scratches, dents and general wear and tear are best taken care of by employing the services of a local cabinetmaker or joiner. NB: Never use chemical, abrasive materials or cleaners on your furniture.
Painted Furniture Care
When cared for correctly by following a few very basic rules and care procedures, your painted furniture should give you a lifetime of continuous use and enjoyment.
As with all painted furniture you may find subtle variations in colour, this can be expected with individually painted products and gives the range a unique sense of character. Gradually you may find that hairline cracks appear in the paint finish as the piece ages, this is completely natural and happens to all painted furniture. Paint touch up kits are available for all our paint colours.
Painted finish furniture benefits from regular dusting and any sticky marks can be removed with a damp cloth. Wring a cloth nearly dry and work on a small section at a time, and then wipe with clean water. Dry the surface thoroughly before continuing. Never use oil or any polish containing oil. Avoid oil treated cloths.
Top 5 Care Tips For Your Furniture:
• Keep furniture out of sunlight and away from heat sources
• Avoid dragging your furniture when moving it
• Avoid lifting directly from tops of furniture
• Blot up spills immediately with a soft, slightly damp cloth
• Use coasters, placemats and tablecloths to protect furniture during use
Natural Characteristics Of Leather Hide
Marks and Scars: As a natural product Leather will display traces of its past such as brand marks, healed scars, neck growth lines, veins and areas of differing fibre density and hair pore structure. These marks all appear in high quality leather and are not defects. In fact, they are considered to enhance the appearance and distinguish natural leather from imitations. If you find these markings, then you can be confident that you have purchased real leather.
Shade Variation: No two hides are totally identical and due to the variations in grain structure and fibre density as mentioned above, the dyes and finishes penetrate to differing degrees into the various parts of the hide to give attractive variations. Whilst every attempt is made to achieve uniformity this is not always possible. Each hide is unique, patterns and colour samples should always be regarded as no more than a guide.
Cleaning: Dust leather furniture regularly with a soft cloth – leather pores can be kept free from dust particles and grime by regular vacuuming, ideally once a week. Occasional overall cleaning should be carried out by wiping over by a tepid solution of pure soaping agent using a damp cloth, but taking care not to over-wet the leather.
Maintenance: Lighter colours of leather may become permanently stained by coming into contact with non-colourfast fabrics or clothing. Never sit on leather furniture when wearing denim or similar clothing that is damp. Wet hair and some hair care products may also have a similar effect. Beware of clothing, which contains buckles or rivets since these can damage leather finishes. Leather upholstery should not be exposed to bright sunlight, as this will likely result in fading. Protect leather furnishings by drawing curtains or blinds. Also, avoid having leather upholstery close to radiators.
Extend the life of your new mattress with the following tips and recommendations:
Turn your mattress: Within a few weeks of using your new mattress you may notice a small depression in the area where you sleep. This is known as 'settlement' and is caused by the mattress fillings directly beneath you being compressed. It's perfectly normal and occurs in all mattresses, although mattresses with comfort layers of memory foam, reflex or other high-density foams and latex are less susceptible to it.
To even out the wear of your mattress, it is important to turn and rotate your mattress regularly. During the first six months of use, we recommend that you turn the mattress every few weeks and then monthly thereafter. To ensure even settlement, you should alternate consistently between turning the mattress over and simply rotating it from top to tail.
Do not bend or fold your mattress: When turning or rotating your mattress, make sure you do not bend, roll or fold it as this could distort the structure of the pocket spring unit.
Mattresses with a memory foam layer: If your mattress has a layer of memory foam on one side, you should simply rotate your mattress rather than turning it over. Because it has a layer of memory foam, it will be less susceptible to settlement, so you should not be worried that it cannot be turned.
Look after your mattress: Please be aware that persistent localised pressure (i.e. repeatedly sitting on the edge of the mattresses) can cause serious damage to the springs. Damage can also occur to the springs if the mattress is subjected to excessive wear and tear (i.e. jumping on it). Please note that misuse of the mattress in this way will invalidate the guarantee
Con-tempo Furniture offers you contemporary, British made furniture for your living room, bedroom, dining room even the office.