How to care for your Hard Furniture
All D A Lewis timber furniture is made with the greatest of care to ensure that the product you receive is up to our exacting standards. To help you get the most from your furniture we recommend that you follow these few simply steps:
Natural Wood, and Veneered Surfaces (Indoor)
To MAINTAIN we recommend that you remove any dust, dirt and debris from the surface to ensure no unwanted surface scratches appear from day to day use. Regularly wipe over the furniture with a damp warm cloth, followed by a dry soft cloth, moving in the direction of the grain in the timber.
To CLEAN, remove grease, add a few drops of detergent to a bowl of warm water, then dampen a soft cloth with this solution and wipe over the surface. Clean off with a dry soft cloth.
Please note: Our products are constructed with wood base materials like MDF (Medium Density Fibreboard) and solid timbers, and therefore can be very absorbent. Do not have excessive water on any surface, or the floor while cleaning the space where the piece is housed, in order to prevent prolonged or excessive absorption that can cause deformation of the wood and MDF. It is critical that you do not use any abrasive cleaning products on any surface. Avoid nail polish remover, synthetic glues, solvents etc, and acids like lemon juice and vinegar.
To REJUVENATE solid timber and veneered finishes, we recommend Mirotone Spray Glow furniture polish, which cleans and protects the wood, and is silicone free with a low sheen finish. Do not use wax or oil products, especially with a silicone content.
To PROTECT the surface from heat and moisture use coasters, mats and other protective liners. Generally, if something is too hot to handle, its too hot for an unprotected wooden surface. Timber is a natural product so there is a possibility it can expand and contract to a small degree so it is also important to protect your timber from direct sunlight/natural light as it could also discolour the finish on your product.
Matte & Glossy, Pigmented Colour Painted Surfaces
The same maintenance tips for Timber furniture also applies to painted surfaces.
For all CLEANING make sure to use a clean, soft cloth to wipe with gentle pressure. A rough cloth may create minute scratches on the surface of your furniture inviting future damage.
Please note: Our products are constructed with wood base materials like MDF (Medium Density Fibreboard) and solid timbers, and therefore can be very absorbent. Do not have excessive water on any surface, or the floor while cleaning the space where the piece is housed, in order to prevent prolonged or excessive absorption that can cause deformation of the wood and MDF.
Waxed Timber Finish
If you have a solid oak timber product finished in an aged vintage oak finish, which has a wax coating applied to it, it is important to maintain this surface using the appropriate wax paste which we use in our finishing processes. This type of product will protect and nourish the surface of your timber, but will also enhance the natural beauty of new timber whilst protecting against dryness. Your specific timber wax can be purchased at DA Lewis
Lacquered surfaces, Glass, Metal Parts & Marble Tops
For general care, use a soft, dry cloth to clean off dust. For fingerprints or slightly stubborn stains we recommend using a standard glass cleaner detergent solution that does not contain solvents and/or spirits. Avoid using cloths with rough fibres as they could scratch or ruin the surfaces.
For marble surfaces, it is important to immediately clean off any dirt or stains that it comes in contact with, to assure that the stains do not penetrate into the marble. Natural Acids in some liquids can etch the marble surface if not cleaned of quickly. Cleaning should be done with a soft fibre cloth to take away the dirt or stain, followed by using a clean soft dampened cloth to clean away any remaining residue. For best results, seal your marble surface with a high grade marble sealer every six months.
We are here to help, at DA Lewis. If you still have questions about how to best care for your Hard Furniture, please get in touch.
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