Caring for your MiChair®
- The fabric manufacturer recommends dry cleaning only, but these tips should help prevent staining, and prolong the intervals between full deep cleansing.
- It’s important that you clean upholstered furniture on a regular basis – and it will not be too time-consuming – if you follow these tips.
- It is worthwhile to note that some types of damage to upholstered furniture can be avoided.
To reduce fabric fading
Avoid letting direct sunlight on textiles. Control the light with shades, blinds or curtains. Stash a few paper towels or even a small terry towel underneath seat cushions to give
you a quick way of dealing with spills.
Wet cleaning is not recommended
Some stains can be removed by means of a damp (not over-wet) cloth and soapy water or mild detergent if necessary. For more stubborn stains, please consult a professional
Pile fabrics including Chenilles, are subject to a certain degree of shading or ‘pile crush’ with frequent use. This is not a fabric fault, nor will it detract from the wearing properties of the material. The effect of ‘pile
crush’ can be minimised (but not eliminated) by using a soft brush and lightly brushing the pile in a different direction over areas that show signs of wear.
Prevent excessive wear on the vulnerable arm sections with arm caps.
Should be wiped daily with a soft dry duster. To remove grease marks, use a diluted solution of warm water and vinegar and buff with a soft duster.
Do not use spray furniture polish
The over-spray can be seriously detrimental to the fabric surrounding the wooden area. If you do use spray polish, spray onto a cloth first and use this cloth to clean the wood.
Vacuuming your MiChair®
- We recommend that you vacuum your upholstery regularly – frequent vacuuming is the best way to clean and maintain upholstery.
- Vacuuming helps prevent dust, dirt and stains from embedding in the fibres of upholstered furniture and helps to keep them looking like new.
- Check for loose buttons and threads, weak spots in the fabric, or debris that could clog the vacuum.
- Carefully cut off snagged threads with scissors (do not try and pull them off) and repair or tighten buttons before vacuuming.
- Use the soft brush attachment on the vacuum. Be sure to keep it clean and free of oily residue, if you have multiple attachments, label upholstery vacuuming only.
- Use a crevice tool for corners and tight spots.
- Read and carefully follow proprietary brand cleanser label directions before applying any product to the upholstery.
- Remove all soap residue to avoid attracting dirt to the clean upholstery.
- ALWAYS test your cleaning method first on an inconspicuous spot. If a ring remains around the stain after cleaning, you’ll need to deep clean the entire cushion or chair.
- Gently blot spills with a white towel or paper towel – do not rub the stains. Don’t use coloured towels or printed paper towels as they may transfer dye or ink to the upholstery.
- If a large amount is spilled, remove as much as possible with clean towelling, a scraper or spoon; blot up the rest, then treat the remaining stain as per proprietary brand cleaner directions.
Do not …
- Allow pets on your upholstery as they can easily damage the fabric with their claws.
- Soak the fabric or furniture structure with upholstery cleaners.
- Sit on the arms of the chair – this could cause damage to the upholstery and structural damage to the chair and mechanism.
Caring for Leather furniture
- Leather is a natural product – it breathes, is warm and has individual characteristics, which makes each hide unique. Leather will always display traces of its origin (such as brands, scars, creases and growth). These hallmarks add character to the suite and do not affect the wearing qualities of the product.
- Leather is naturally highly resilient and durable – over time it will develop a patina that increasingly enhances its looks and appeal.
- Leather furniture can look beautiful and age gracefully and caring for leather is no harder than care for other types of upholstered furniture. The tips below will help you keep your leather furniture looking and feeling its best.
- Wipe the leather down regularly with a clean, dry cloth This will remove dust from the leather.
- Cleaning is particularly recommended where hands, bare arms or heads rest and is likely to be needed a couple of times a week.
- Keep your suite out of direct sunlight and away from central heating radiators. Intense heat and direct sunlight can cause the leather to dry out and fade in colour. Try to keep your furniture positioned away from windows where it will be exposed to the sun.
- Vacuum dust and debris from the chairs crevices using the vacuum hose attachment.
- Try to avoid sitting on the edges of cushions or arms, as this may cause uneven wear and distortion of the padding and leather.
- Do not use general cleaners, baby wipes or furniture polish on upholstery leather. Detergents, solvents, all – purpose cleaning sprays, ammonia and bleach can all be harmful to leather furniture. Rely on dry towels or sponges as much as possible.
- Leather conditioning cream should be applied as part of the furniture care regime. Leather conditioners are designed to be buffed in to the leather and regular conditioning will keep it from drying out and developing cracks.
- Leather conditioners, should be purchased only from specialist suppliers
- Wipe / blot the leather to remove spillages, do not use a rubbing action as this will cause staining.
- When anything is spilled onto the leather, wipe it away as soon as possible. Use paper towels, a dry cloth or sponge to absorb as much of the spillage as possible, and then lightly dab the area with clean paper towels. Only resorting to a moistened cloth if necessary.
- Use as little water as possible to clean the spill, and wipe the area dry afterwards.
- Avoid soaking leather in water or soap as prolonged soaking can damage the leather even more than the initial stain you were trying to remove.
- Certain non-colourfast clothing, such as denim, can stain light coloured leather if it comes into regular contact. Also the colour from non-colour fast clothing can transfer to the furniture and cause discolouration. This is called dye transfer and is especially common if the clothing is wet.
- Beware of keys, buckles, scissors and other sharp objects that could scratch or cut the leather.
- Be careful of felt tip pens, highlighters, glue sticks and normal pens without caps. Ink is a stain that can only be removed by specialist cleaning.
- Do not place hot mugs or plates on the arms or seats.
- Do not allow pets on leather upholstery as the natural oils in their coats may be damaging.
- Hair products such as hair sprays, oils and gels will adversely affect the surface of the leather as will tanning creams.
- Do not leave newspapers lying on your chair as newsprint ink is not fixed and can stain.
- Variations and markings in leather furniture
- Every hide is different – as a natural product, grain variations and wrinkles which appear on each hide show testament to its natural origins. Irregularities in the grain, small scars and insect bites and other natural skin marks should not be considered as defects. Only real leather has these characteristics.
It is perfectly normal for certain areas of leather to show signs of creasing and stretching. This is not detrimental to the wearing of the leather. Today, due to modern tanning processes and customer demand, leather has a much softer feel and will maintain its suppleness throughout its lifetime. A combination of these factors means that in the first few weeks of use, creases and wrinkles will develop naturally to create a softer more inviting look, an inherent quality of fine leather upholstery.
The use of specialist leather care products will ensure that, with a little effort, you’ll be rewarded with many years of use from your leather upholstery and it will retain its appearance for much longer.
Please note that Furmanac cannot be held responsible for any damage caused by non-professional cleaning.