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Product Care

CHROME
General Care
- Do not place outside
- Do not use in coastal areas

Cleaning
- Wipe down frame if wet
- Finish can be cleaned by using a light oil with 0000 grade steel wool with a non-abrasive cleaner

ALUMINIUM
General Care
- Cast aluminium components in furniture will oxidize near salt water, the performance of the items is unaffected, simply clean with soapy water and polish with aluminium polish

Cleaning
- Clean with mild detergent, rinse and dry thoroughly
- Windex can also be used with a soft cloth
- Do not use abrasive pads, brushes or cleaners

STAINLESS STEEL, BRASS & COPPER
General Care
- These tops lightly scratch with normal use. The scratches are not unpleasant and over time create a nice patina on the surface

Cleaning
- Regularly clean with water and a non-abrasive damp cloth with a stainless steel cleaning agent
- Do not use an abrasive cleaning material like steel wool, as it will scratch the surface

POWDER-COATED METALS
General Care
- Chipping and breaking of the clear coating does not cause the frame to rust but is unsightly

Cleaning
- Wash with a soft cloth with warm soapy water
- Windex can be used with a soft cloth
- Repair with a light sand, an application of chrome paint spray followed by a coat of clear epoxy
- Do not use abrasive pads, brushes or cleaners

POLYPROPYLENE AND PLASTIC
Cleaning
- Wash with a soft cloth soaked in mild detergent and warm water
- Stubborn dirt can be removed with Nifty, Spray’n’Wipe, or similar
- Do not use abrasive cleaners

GLASS
Cleaning
- Clean using Windex and a soft cloth
- Do not use scouring pads or abrasive cleaning products as it will scratch the surface

MARBLE
General Care
- Marble is a natural material and can be scratched over time from normal use, acidic food and drink should be used with caution

Cleaning
- Use mild washing liquid with warm water
- Do not use acidic cleaner
- Do not use scouring pads, powder, concentrated detergents or silicone based furniture polishes
- Buff with a chamois

SOLID TIMBER
General Care
- Suitable for use indoors only, unless marine-grade ply or teak
- Protect from direct sunlight
- Timber is a natural material and can be scratched by cutlery, ceramic plates and other normal use placed on the surface over time
- Avoid excessive application of water
- Do no expose surface to alcohol
- Do not place excessively hot or cold objects directly to the surface

Cleaning
- DO NOT USE any chemical based cleaners
- Apply suitable timber oil to timber furniture as required. Seek professional advice from your local hardware store to advise and supply appropriate oil. Follow the directions on the label. Apply in the direction of the grain
- Regularly dust surface with a damp cloth
- Do not use scouring pads, powder, concentrated detergents or silicone based furniture polishes

VENEER AND LAMINATES
General care
- Suitable for use indoors only
- Avoid excessive applications of water as it can cause the edges to swell over time
- Protect from direct sunlight
- Do not place excessively hot or cold objects directly to the surface

Cleaning
- DO NOT USE any chemical based cleaners
- Regularly dust surface with a damp cloth
- Do not use scouring pads, powder, concentrated detergents or silicone based furniture polishes

VINYL
General Care
- Protect from direct sunlight

Cleaning
- Regularly dust with a clean, dry duster
- Clean with water, mild detergent and a sponge. Rinse and allow drying. Use a soft nylon brush to remove more stubborn dirt and grime. Appropriate cleaning instructions can be obtained from the fabric supplier if required.

Do not apply the following:
- Vinyl protectants such as Amoral
- Cleaning products containing bleach
- Cleaning products that have abrasive materials in them
- Cleaning products that may produce a chemical burn

LEATHER
General Care
Leather is a living material that becomes more beautiful over time if cared for correctly. Remember the following guidelines:
- Never place leather furniture closer than 20-30cm from a radiator, or in direct sunlight
- Vacuum clean frequently with a soft brush, and clean surfaces subjected to heavy wear, such as arm and neck rests, as required. Water-soluble stains are easily removed by soaking and blotting with kitchen paper
- Treat spills and stains as soon as possible
- Avoid scrubbing
- Never attempt to remove problem stains with strong solvents or chemical products
You could end up with a bigger problem that requires repairs. Instead, contact us ask for assistance. We can also contact the manufacturer for further expert advice

Cleaning
To provide the best possible care for your leather furniture, Elmo has developed a water-based leather care programme including a cleansing product (Leather Cleaner) and a protective product (Leather Protection)

Leather Cleaner
Leather Cleaner cleans the leather gently and delicately, which means it can be used frequently without risk of drying out the leather. Areas subjected to heavy wear, such as armrests, benefit from frequent cleaning. Leather Cleaner is suitable for all Elmo leather, except Nubu.k

Leather Protection
This product impregnates the leather, protects it from spills and stains and keeps it soft and supple. We recommend you treat your leather upholstery with Leather Protection after cleaning, ideally twice a year. Suitable for all Elmo leather, except Nubuk.

COTTON
General Care
The day-to-day care of cotton is the same as for wool. Many types of stain can, as a rule, be removed using warm water and soap. When removing stains, caution must be exercised, i.e. do not rub too hard on the fabric, since there is a risk of friction marks. Removable covers can usually be washed, although there is a risk of shrinking. This can, however, to a certain extent be minimised by replacing whilst slightly damp.

WOOL
General Care
Daily care and immediate stain removal will ensure that your wool upholstery will keep looking good for many years to come. It is normally sufficient to regularly vacuum and air furniture upholstered in wool fabric. However, it is a good idea to clean the wool fabric occasionally. Use an approved wool shampoo and follow the instructions carefully. Take care never to saturate the wool fabric. Never use undiluted cleaning agents, bleaching agents, ammonia or soap intended for hard surfaces.

Stain Removal
If you act quickly, it is not difficult to remove a spill and thus avoid staining. First, soak up the liquid with an absorbent napkin or cloth and roughen the surface of the dried stain using a spoon. The treatment is undertaken from the edge of the stain towards the middle to avoid the stain spreading further.

Refer to more specific details here for stain removal for cotton & wool

Treat the stain according to the following guide:

1 Mineral turpentine, vegetable turpentine or similar
2 Stain remover for fat or oil
3 Water with furniture shampoo added
4 Acetone or nail varnish remover - oil-free
5 Cold water
6 Surgical spirit
7 Borax: 1 tsp in a little hot water in a cup, topped up with cold water
8 Table salt: 1 tsp in a cup of warm water
9 Use no. 3, adding a dash of spirit vinegar
10 1 tsp of detergent in 1 cup of hot water
11 Surgical spirit diluted with water 1:5
12 Household disinfectant; 1 tsp to 1 litre of water
13 Use no. 7, adding a dash of spirit vinegar
14 Cool with ice cubes in a plastic bag, break the chewing-gum/candle wax. Carefully remove the loose pieces
15 Run a hot iron over layers of absorbent, white paper
16 Contact a specialist
17 Vacuum thoroughly

 

Type of stain and order of treatment:

Alcohol 9, 11, 7
Ballpoint pen 6, 4, 10
Blood 5 + 8, 3, 7
Butter 14 + 15, 1 + 2, 3
Candle wax 14 + 15, 1 + 2, 3
Chewing gum 14, 2 + 4, 16
Chocolate 3, 1, –
Coffee (black) 13, 11, 3
Cream 3, 1, 7
Drinks based on fruit syrup 7, 3, 6 + 3
Fizzy drinks 9, 7, –
Furniture polish 1, 3, 2
Gravy 3, 1, 7
Ink (writing) 3, 16, –
Jam 3, 7, –
Juice 7, 3, 6 + 3
Lipstick 1, 2, 3
Milk 8, 3, 7
Nail varnish 4, 16, –
Oil and grease 1, 2, 3
Paint (oil) 1, 3, 16
Paint (water based) 5, 3, 16
Shoe polish 1, 2, 3
Soot 17, 3, 1
Tea 3, 11, 7
Urine 3, 12, 16
Vomit 3, 12, 16
Wine 3, 13, 11