Furniture Care and Maintenance

England Furniture Reviews Winter Care Tips for Wood Furniture

When the weather outside is cold you and your family may not being the only ones suffering. Wooden furniture has three archenemies: heat, sunlight and, low humidity . All three of them can work their hardest against your furniture during cold winter months.

england-furniture-review-winter-care-furniture-tipsHeat from nearby fireplaces, a hot air vent or radiator can be more extreme than the heat of summer. Avoid placing solid hardwood furniture directly in front of radiators or other heat sources. While the temperatures in your home is likely lower than during the summer months, some areas of your home are much warmer. Use care when placing your furniture in any given room and do not block a heat vent.

Sun damage can occur during any time of the year. Consistent, direct, intense sunlight can bleach a fine wood tabletop. To prevent such damage rotate the furniture in the room periodically. If that’s not possible rotate the individual piece (or pieces) in place and occasionally move accessory items to avoid the possibility of marks on the surface.

Indoor winter air can be extremely dry. As cold air is brought in and warmed to room temperature, its capacity to absorb is greatly multiplied. This “thirsty air” draws moisture from all kinds of sources. Consider a humidifier to keep your home’s relative humidity around 30 percent. Also keep in mind that sudden changes in humidity are not good for wood furniture. Try to keep the humidity levels as consistent as possible whenever possible.

Finally, heat, sunlight and low humidity aren’t the only culprits during winter. If you have snow, salt and/or cinders on your gloves be sure to not touch wooden furniture with them.

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Use of Fabric Protection on England Furniture

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A great amount of design and effort has gone into the manufacture of upholstery fabric for England Furniture.  Much of the work is done for you at the fabric mill in the finishing process.  The fabric is typically treated with a repellent for soil and water.  Agents to inhibit the development of mildew may also have been incorporated.  Additional fabric protection can be applied in the store or at home to increase resistance to stain.  The application should be even and light, providing a surface coating to the fabric.  Excessive application of some protective solutions can deeply penetrate into the fabric and compromise the fiber bonds of the yarn.  Fabric protection products provide a repellent property to the fabric against soil and liquid.  Fabric protection should not be considered an invisible shield against all dirt, grime, or stain.  The application of fabric protection is complimentary to routine care and cleaning.

Routine Care for England Furniture

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England Furniture that is maintained with proper care wears longer and will bring you many years of comfort and enjoyment. Proper routine care primarily consists of a regular weekly vacuum and brush.  The accumulation of dust and dirt can produce an abrasive action accelerating deterioration of fiber within the yarns that make up the fabric.

Cushion Rotation for England Furniture

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Most England Furniture style selections with an upholstered fabric cover have reversible cushions as a standard provision.  Reversible cushions provide substantial benefit to the longevity and functionality of not only the cover fabric but also the cushion foam. Turning the cushions over and rotating the position provides for an even distribution of any evidence of wear that may accumulate with time and use. Compression of the seat cushions and force of use may generate an ever so slight shift in the cover fabric.  Over time this shift may distort the original appearance of the cushion.  Turning the cushion over and utilizing the opposite side reverses the effect and helps to restore the original shape.  Cushion rotation should be made bimonthly.  More frequent rotations are beneficial with conditions of heavy use.