How to Dust, Clean & Maintain
It can be tricky looking after a new piece of furniture, some material can be very delicate and react unexpectedly to chemicals and even temperature. Here we have combined all of our knowledge and scoured around to find the best tips for looking after your new purchase.
Please Note: The best type of cleaning for your piece of bespoke furniture will depend on your item. Please contact us if you have a specific query about your material.
The traditional duster
Not just for granny on a Sunday! Dust particles can build up on your furniture and scratch the surface. We suggest using a traditional feather duster or dampening a treated or soft cloth with lukewarm water (in place of silicon sprays which aren’t recommended for wood furniture). Then use a soft lint-free towel to remove any excess moisture. We don’t suggest using all-purpose cleaning sprays unless your furniture has a plastic coating as it can leave permanent damage. Using the wrong chemicals could strip the finish off your furniture, it’s always best to check with us before use if you’re unsure.
Oil polishes, cleaners, and furniture oils
Oil finishes can vary as there are lots of different types available. The most common finishes used are easy to clean and maintain. To clean; simply wipe with a warm damp soft cloth and dry straight away with and lint free cloth.
To dust: you can use any soft duster, not applying to much pressure move with the length of the grain. If there is a heavy amount of dust, turn or clean the duster in between wipes.
Maintenance: If a scratch appears (making sure you use the same oil) lightly sand a small area around the scratch using a fine sand paper (320 – 400 Grit sandpaper) then re-apply the oil to the sanded area and work it out to the un-sanded area. You might need to repeat the oiling process again to blend the sanded area out.
When your furniture is being produced it may be time to consider a wax finish. Wax provides a hard finish and long-lasting protection, doesn’t smear, and is more durable than sprays or polishes, depending on use, paste wax finishes may last as long as two years.
Homemade recipe for cleaning wood: Some experts recommend reviving grimy wood furniture with a mixture of equal parts olive oil, denatured alcohol, gum turpentine, and strained lemon juice. Apply with a soft cloth and buff with a clean cloth.
Repair & Replacement
When you purchase a piece of furniture with Coleman & Edwards you also receive a 6 month furniture warranty completely free.
– Any structural problems*
– Hardware breakages or failure
– Failure of joints (coming apart)
– Oils, wax, lacquer or paint needing to be re-applied
– Doors or drawers becoming miss-aligned.
If you purchase a kitchen priced over £8,000 you are also entitled to an additional 12 month warranty upgrade for just £99.
*This cover does not include the natural defects that can appear in timber. For example; twists, cupping and bowing. We do our best to make sure that none of these happen, however as timber is always moving with the temperature, moisture content of the air and usage, it is sometimes unpreventable. If anything like this were to happen we would discuss with you the options to resolve the problem, this may include an additional charge. Any damage over general wear and tear would be charged to resolve the issue.