Quality furniture can make all the difference in your home. Furniture is one of the most important, yet least appreciated aspects of life. You rest on it, your kids play on it, you sleep on it, and in many cases, you have it your entire life.
What do I look for?
- Know your wood types. Wood furniture falls into three categories: solid wood, veneers, and particle board or composite wood.
- Check drawers and cabinets. Open the drawers and cabinets.
- Avoid nails and glue. Jointed is best.
- Consider your lifestyle.
- Be realistic about colors.
- Inspect the legs.
- Check the springs.
- Test the cushions.
Caring for Quality
Furniture Care Tips
If your furniture is located near a window, it’s best to use window treatments to prevent furniture from discoloring. Heating and air outlets will also fade fabrics and leather, as well as damage the fibers over an extended period of time.
Fabric: never take the cushion cover off to clean.
To clean a spill, immediately blot (without rubbing) with a dry, absorbent white cloth. Check the cleaning code (w/s, w or s) on the label of the furniture, normally located on the center seat cushion, for suggested cleaning methods for the fabric. Use a professional furniture cleaning service when an overall cleaning is needed.
Leather: clean with a soft, damp white cloth.
After wiping clean, gently rub with a soft dry cloth. Never use polishes, oils, ammonia, cleaning fluids, solvents or detergents to clean leather upholstery. The use of these cleaning agents may cause damage and will void the warranty
Rotate and fluff seat and back cushions regularly. Vacuum regularly with an upholstery attachment.
This will prevent the cushion core from wearing prematurely, will preserve the fabric color and control welt slippage. Although dust may not be apparent, it settles into your upholstery and may not only make it dirty but may eventually damage the fibers if not removed.