Care and Cleaning
General Leather Care and Maintenance
Leather Disclaimer: Natural markings and dye lot variations are in no way considered defects. It is the policy of Opus by Windsor Smith to accept no returns on product for any reason where the cause is due to the nature of this product.
Leather is a product produced as a byproduct of animal hides. Due to the life-style of the animals, leather will always have natural markings such as brands, insect bites, scares, fat wrinkles, stretch marks, abrasions, and burns. These natural markings are not considered defects but rather are indications of true full top grain leather.
Leather upholstered furniture should require little or no care under most normal household conditions. Although leather is the most durable material available, leathers will stain or change in character from food and liquid spills, or from body oils.
A certain amount of degradation will occur from environment or mechanical conditions existing within your home. The following are some factors to consider:
Direct Sunlight: Ultra-violet rays in sunlight will eventually result in fading for most fabrics, and leathers. Some leathers perform better than others in direct sunlight.
Abrasive and Cleaning Solutions: Saddle soap, oils, detergents, furniture polish, abrasive cleaning solvents or ammonia should never be used to clean upholstery leather. The majority of spills on your leather upholstery require only gentle wiping. Always remember that vigorous rubbing can damage the surface.
Heat Sources: It is not recommended to place your leather furniture near strong head sources such as fireplace, radiators, or direct sunlight. Such heat can dry out the natural oils in leather and cause stiffness and cracking.
Leather Cleaning Codes
Avoid cleanings containing abrasives as these can damage the leather. Use a clean cloth or soft sponge to gently wipe the stain with soapy water. Remove any remaining soap solution by wiping the area with a cloth and clean water, and finally to dry the surface with a soft lint-free cloth or towel.
Upholstery Care and Maintenance
Frequent vacuuming or light brushing to remove dust and grime is recommended. Rotating cushions and pillows weekly will also help distribute wear. Cleaning by a professional upholstery cleaning service is the only recommended cleaning method for your upholstered goods. Annual cleaning is suggested, but this may vary depending on use. Fabrics wear out- they are not indestructible.
Spot cleaning, using the foam only from a water-based cleaning agent such as a mild detergent or non-solvent upholstery shampoo product is recommended. Avoid any product that contains Carbon Tetrachloride or other toxic materials. Do not remove cushion covers for separate dry cleaning or washing. Additionally, do not use bleach, chlorine, or any tumble method form of cleaning service as can destroy the backing, shrink the fabric, or damage the upholstery fabric.
Keep fabrics away from direct sunlight if possible. Avoid placing newspaper, acids, nail polish, or dyes on fabrics. Liquid spills should be absorbed immediately. Blot with white absorbent cloth or paper towel.
Upholstery Cleaning Codes
Reprinted from the National Association of Furniture Manufacturers (NAFM).
W: Clean this fabric with the foam only of a water-based cleaning agent to remove all overall soil. Many household cleaning solvents are harmful to the color and life of a fabric. Cleaning by a professional furniture cleaning service ONLY is recommended. To prevent overall soil, frequent vacuuming or light brushing to remove dust and grime is recommended.
S: Clean this product with pure solvents (petroleum distillate-based products, i.e. Energine, Carbona, Renuzit), or similar products. Use in a well-ventilated room. Cleaning by a professional cleaning service ONLY is recommended. CAUTION: Use of water-based or detergent- based solvent cleaners may cause excessive shrinking. Water stains may become permanent and unable to be removed with solvent cleaning agents. Avoid products containing Carbon Tetrachloride as it is highly toxic. To prevent overall soil, frequent vacuuming or light brushing to remove dust and grime is recommended.
SW or WS: Clean this fabric with the foam only of a water-based cleaning agent or with a pure solvent in a well-ventilated room (petroleum distillate- based products, i.e., Energine, Carbona, Renuzit), or similar products may be used. Cleaning by a professional furniture cleaning service ONLY is recommended. To prevent overall soil, frequent vacuuming or light brushing to remove dust and grime is recommended.
X: Clean this fabric only by vacuuming or light brushing to prevent accumulation of dust or grime. Water-based foam or solvent-based cleaning agents of any kind may cause excessive shrinking or fading.
WG: Click here for Sunbrella cleaning instructions
Care of Fine Finishes for Indoor Wood Furniture
Finishes are resistant to minor everyday hazards; however, some precautions are necessary to maintain the beauty of your wood furniture:
- Dust with a soft, clean cloth slightly dampened with water, and dry completely with another clean cloth, always rubbing the grain.
- Avoid contact with cigarettes, hot dishes, and harsh solvents such as nail polish, alcohol and moisture.
- Use pads beneath accessories and when writing and eating.
- Remove spills and smudges immediately.
- Do not leave pliable plastic materials on a wood surface; they can damage the finish.
- Do not place furniture near heat outlets, windows, or in direct sunlight.