Clean all food or liquid spillage as they occur. The longer they remain on the surface the more damage it could cause.
Chrome plated items are for interior use only. Use Vinegar, Rubbing Alcohol or Baby Oil, on a clean soft clothe to remove general grime. Products that contain an oil substance like baby oil will protect the surface and help keep it clean. Rust will usually appear on chromed items where the surface has been deeply scratched to expose the mild steel beneath, leaving the mild steel open to the elements. Remove any rust by balling up some aluminum foil and rubbing it gently on the rusty areas to smooth and shine them up. Alternatively, use a clean soft cloth with some Easy Off BAM Power Grime Lime Soap Scum cleaner, or similar, for the really dirty parts of the legs.
Frequent cleaning using warm water, with or without a gentle detergent, is sufficient to keep Stainless Steel looking good. For more stubborn dirt, mild non-scratching abrasive powders, such as typical household cleaners, can be used with warm water and a clean clothe. Many cleaners contain corrosive ingredients, which require thorough post-cleaning with clean water. For more aggressive cleaning, a small amount of vinegar can be added to the powder. When abrasives are needed on the stainless steel frame, first experiment on an inconspicuous area. Cleaning should always be followed by rinsing in clean hot water and wiped completely dry to avoid water stains. Ordinary carbon steel brushes or steel wool must be avoided as they may leave iron particles embedded on the surface which will rust the furniture. Fingerprints and mild stains are easy to remove with a variety of stainless steel cleaning products available from supermarkets and hardware stores. Fine scratches in the stainless steel frame can be buffed out with a Scotch Brite pad. It is recommended that you follow the grain direction of the surface when buffing out scratches.
Power Coated Steel
Frequent cleaning using warm water and a soft cloth, with or without a gentle detergent, is sufficient to keep Epoxy Coated steel looking good. This is the only method we recommend to clean these products. Harsh chemicals can erode the surface, which ultimately exposes the steel underneath and rusting can then start. A deep scratch on powder-coated surfaces will penetrate the coating and expose the steel underneath, which will react with oxygen to form iron oxide, which is rust.
Clean with non-abrasive, solvent-free cleaners and a soft cloth. For scratches, buff with ‘Autosol’ metal polish.
Chemical cleaners should not be used. Use only warm soapy water and remove any excess water immediately.
For Laminate tops, follow the same guideline as above. For more stubborn stains, a mild detergent may be used.
Glass tops may stain or adhere to timber if spillages are allowed to dry. They can be loosened using warm water and cleaned using a glass cleaner.
Our Island tabletops are manufactured from top quality pulpwood and resin. During the manufacturing process, the melamine surface is treated to be mildew and bacteria resistant, and the product as a whole is heat and impact resistant. For best results, wipe with a damp soft cloth. For stubborn marks, use a non-abrasive cleaner such as Spray & Wipe. Do not scrub the surface with any abrasive cleaner such as Jif as this damages the surface and will make variations in colour and smoothness appear.
Always refer to the fabric manufacturers’ instructions for specific information. Not all contract fabrics are Scotch-Garded by the manufacturers.
Prompt cleaning is always recommended. Upholstered cushions should be regularly brushed or vacuumed. Accumulated dust and grit can reduce the life and dull the colours of fabrics. Vacuum or brush upholstery regularly but never use a stiff brush as this could damage the fibers.
Specific care methods are used to clean the different grades and types of leather, so contact the leather supplier for instructions. Generally, leather should be wiped regularly with a colourfast, damp white cloth. Do not use detergents, solvents and abrasives; and protect from sunlight, heat sources and humidity.
Vinyl / PVC / PU / Synthetic Leather
Ordinary dirt and stains can usually be removed with mild soapy water: Spot clean affected area with the soap and water mixture. Dab with a lint-free cloth until semi dry. Do not rub! Leave the affected area to air-dry, or dry carefully with the low setting of a hairdryer. Do not use any concentrated household ammonia, chlorine, bleach-based cleaners, detergents and fabric polishes, as these can remove the plasticiser in Vinyl and cause cracking.
Polypropylene is a thermoplastic polymer, which is rugged and unusually resistant to many chemicals and solvents. Most marks on Polypropylene furniture should be able to be removed with warm mild soapy water. However, resistant marks can be treated with common household cleaners and solvent products such as Methylated Spirit. Avoid harsh scouring powders and harsh abrasive cloths and brushes. To best way to enjoy the furniture for years to come is to avoid build up of dirt and grime.
Any coating applied on wood is only as durable as the wood itself. As a natural product, wood will always need more care than some man-made surfaces, such as Laminates. Chemical Cleaners should not be used. Use only warm water and soap and do not soak the surface for a long period (remove any excess water immediately). Avoid dragging objects on the surfaces as this will result in scratching which may only be removed by refinishing.
Depending on the finish, you will need to maintain the timber product in various ways. But generally, do not store Wood under plastic, as Wood is a natural product and it needs to breathe. Storage under plastic encourages mildew to grow on the timber.
Indoor Timber Furniture (finished with PU or NC lacquer)
Apply non-abrasive, solvent-free cleaners with a soft cloth. Any use of harsh cleaners or solvent (like Thinner), will damage the surface and void any warranty. Avoid the use of strong detergents, glass cleaners and silicone-based products. Preferably, use products with natural ingredients. You can repair minor timber abrasions and scuffs by using Scratch-fix pens, or similar. PU or NC lacquer is not suitable for outdoor use as the varnish will crack and flak in the sun and rain.
It must be borne in mind that even the best lacquer, correctly applied, remains a thin coat of protective material and may eventually break down. The life of the coating is beyond the control of the manufacturer and cannot be guaranteed.
Model example – All of our indoor Timber & Bentwood models.
Timber Furniture Finished with Oil and/or Wax
This finish helps to protect the wood from the elements as well as to prevent irregular stains from seeping into the timber. Timber needs to be re-oiled twice yearly; frequency depends on the harshness of the climate and on the owner’s personal preference on the appearance of the wood. Clean and dry your timber prior to following manufacturer’s instructions on how to use the wood oil/wax.
Model example – Warner Chair / Table
Outdoor Timber Furniture Fine Sanded
If your furniture is fine sanded, it is untreated and raw, with only the natural light colour of the wood and its beautiful grain. To maintain, lightly sand the timber in the direction of the grain.
Our range of carefully selected furniture has warranties spanning from 1 to 3 years, depending on the product and materials selected. The warranty covers defects occurring in the materials or due to the workmanship used in the manufacture of our products only.
Our warranty does not cover, but is not limited to, the following: damage caused by unreasonable or incorrect use, normal wear and tear, failure to provide proper care and maintenance, marking from stacking, routine wear of parts such as feet, glides, wheels, stoppers, grommets and any other wearing parts; normal fading due to lights or sunlight, non-adherence to advice given relating to suitable decors for outside use; scratching or chipping of paint or timber finishes; staining, discolouration, corrosion or damage caused by contact with unsuitable chemicals or materials, or damage to upholstery and frames due to obvious vandalism such as cuts or graffiti.
All care is taken to provide the correct information at the time of mention, with regards to the properties of different materials, the correct way to care for them and the uses for which they are suitable. Comfort Design tries to ensure that all product specifications, dimensions and so forth are accurate. However, we accept no liability for any inconvenience caused by any person using our information. Nonetheless, we shall be grateful if any errors can be brought to our attention and we apologise for any inconveniences caused.