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Looking after your furniture

At John Young Furniture (Dixie Cummings NZ Ltd) we pride ourselves on providing quality furniture that is built to last. Following these basic steps will protect your investment for years to come:

Timber Care

  • Dust frequently with a clean damp lint-free cloth. This will help remove abrasive buildup which can damage the timber finish over time.
  • Occasionally use a light application of a high-quality furniture polish to enhance the beauty of the fine finish. Avoid using oil polishes or waxes.
  • Always use a coaster when placing hot items on furniture.
  • Avoid exposing your furniture to direct sunlight, heat, open windows or dampness.
  • Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight can fade the finish of your furniture, while extreme temperature and humidity changes can cause cracking or splitting.
  • Do not expose your furniture to any liquids. Never allow water to sit on your furniture as this can cause swelling and splitting.
  • Chemicals like alcohol, nail polish and perfume are also dangerous because they can dissolve the finish on contact and may require professional repairs.
  • Do not allow plastic to come in direct contact with your furniture. Chemicals in the plastic can soften and damage the finish if left in contact with the furniture for a prolonged period.

Leather Care

  • Do not dry clean or machine wash
  • Do not use detergents, solvents, abrasives, non-recommended leather cleaners or suede cleaners.
  • Protect from direct sunlight and heat sources, both direct and through heating vents.
  • Vacuum regularly with the soft brush attachment to remove dust, grift and then wipe with a soft, color-fast cloth as necessary or at least every 2-3 weeks.
  • When cleaning leather do not rub excessively or too hard. Always let the product do the work and adhere to the manufacturers instructions.
  • Use only a soft, color-fast or white cloth or sponge. In warm or humid weather it is important that leather be wiped over weekly, particularly if the leather has become damp with perspiration or deposits of body oils.
  • Always clean along any creases that have developed in the leather and pay particular attention to areas that come in contact with the skin such as headrests, arm pad or seat cushions.

Fabric Upholstery Care

  • Protect from direct sunlight and direct heat.
  • Rotate reversible cushions regularly and vacuum using the low suction setting and the soft brush accessory of the vacuum.
  • Wipe the surface gently with a clean damp cloth and treat spills and stains as soon as possible.
  • Do not scrub, but gently scrape soil or mop liquid from the surface. Avoid heavy soiling caused by perspiration, hair oil, footwear and pets.
  • Always test cleaners on an inconspicuous area before use on entire furniture area.
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