Large wooden dining table with rattan chairs and a rattan ceiling light
Eleanor Davis ELEANOR DAVIES - Senior Buyer For Furniture

FURNITURE CARE GUIDE

Keep Your Furniture in top notch condition with Eleanor's top care tips

We understand that furniture is a considered purchase and an investment you’ll want to enjoy for years to come. That’s why it’s important to know how to care for it. Our furniture comes in a range of materials, techniques and finishes to create the perfect piece for any space. Here we give you the lowdown on how to take care of your new furniture, whatever it’s made from.

HOW DO I CARE FOR MY FURNITURE?

Although care instructions will vary for different types of furniture, here are some general tips to bear in mind when welcoming a new piece of furniture into your home:

  • Take care when moving furniture - dragging it across the floor will loosen and damage the joints. Always lift and move.
  • From time to time check that there are no loose fittings. Tighten as necessary.
  • Avoid exposing your furniture to direct and prolonged periods of sunlight and heat sources as fading and cracking may occur.
  • Take care to prevent sharp objects e.g. toys, buckles and heels from coming into contact with your furniture, and avoid contact with chemicals e.g. cosmetics or hair products which may permanently mark the surface.

HOW DO I CARE FOR TIMBER FURNITURE?

Our products are made from either solid woods or engineered wood covered with real wood veneers. These both have their benefits and can be cared for in much the same way. Here are our top tips:

Habitat’s Radius collection of oak furniture including a wardrobe and chest of drawers

Top Tips

  • Dust regularly with a clean dry cloth.
  • Wipe up any spills immediately with a damp cloth and then dry the surface with a clean dry duster.
  • Remove stubborn stains with a weak washing up liquid solution and a damp cloth and dry after with a clean cloth.
  • The use of furniture polish or spray is not necessary or recommended.
  • Never use abrasive or corrosive cleaning agents.
  • Always use place mats and coasters to protect the surface from moisture and heat.

Timber Finishes

Habitat’s products are finished with either oil or lacquer:

Oiled timber: Showcases the grain and colour beautifully, but is less protected against moisture. Luckily if you have an accident, oiled solid timber can normally be sanded back and re-oiled.

Lacquered timber: This is normally applied by spraying the piece, so is harder to repair at home. Lacquer is quite durable, and gives more protection against moisture and spills, so is perfect for hard-wearing pieces of furniture.

HOW DO I CARE FOR TEMPERED GLASS FURNITURE?

Tempered glass is made using a rapid cooling process that not only increases its strength but also changes the way in which it breaks. Unlike “ordinary” annealed glass, tempered glass fractures into smaller, less angular fragments, reducing the risk of injury if the glass were to be broken. Although our glass furniture is made from toughened glass, it is still fragile and needs to be handled appropriately.

Top Tips

  • Always handle glass with care.
  • Always supervise young children around glass products.
  • Never sit or stand on glass surfaces.
  • Do not use the glass surface as a chopping surface.
  • Do not strike the glass with hard or pointed items.
  • In exceptional circumstances, a scratched surface or damaged edge may cause the glass to break unexpectedly. Avoid impacts on the side or edges of the glass, as this is where the glass is most vulnerable.
  • Never place hot or cold items directly onto the glass surface as this could cause thermal shock and could trigger the glass to shatter. Always use placemats and coasters to protect the glass surface from heat, cold and moisture.
  • If your glass furniture gets chipped or damaged stop using it and dispose of it safely. Small chips or damages may not cause the glass to break immediately but they will weaken it. Temperature fluctuations in your home (e.g. when your home cools down at night) could trigger it to shatter later.
A glass dining table with grey upholstered dining chairs

How do you clean glass furniture

  • Dust regularly with a clean dry cloth.
  • Wipe up any spills with a damp cloth and then dry the surface with a clean dry duster.
  • Repeat this procedure for periodic cleaning.
  • Remove stubborn stains and greasy marks with a glass-cleaner and a damp cloth or leather shammy, and dry with a clean cloth.
  • The use of furniture polish or spray is not necessary or recommended.
  • Never use abrasive cleaning agents as these can scratch and damage the glass surface.

HOW SHOULD I CARE FOR OUTDOOR FURNITURE?

Our garden furniture is made from a wide range of materials to provide something for every space and style. Most of our products are suitable to be used outdoors all year around, but to extend their life we recommend covering it or moving it to a sheltered area during periods of prolonged wet weather and during the winter months. Before covering, always ensure that the product is completely dry first, and that the cover has ventilation. Never leave outdoor furniture standing in water.

Wooden garden dining table and metal garden chairs

Outdoor timber finishes

This oiled finish is hardwearing and will protect the wood, however as it weathers it will eventually need to be topped up to revive its appearance and protective properties. Natural timbers such as oak and teak will gradually turn a silver colour as they are exposed to the elements. Re-oiling is a simple matter of lightly rubbing the wood down with fine sandpaper and applying a top-up coating of regular furniture oil. Always follow the oil manufacturer’s instructions closely and carefully.

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Orange metal garden dining set

Outdoor metal finishes

Many of our outdoor furniture items are finished with a powder coat. This is when paint is applied – often by electro-static plating – to colour and protect the metal. It is a hard-wearing finish, but if it is deeply scratched then it can expose the metal beneath to moisture, and therefore rust. Luckily this damage can be repaired using car paint (available from hardware stores) in a similar shade which will cover the metal. A rust inhibitor will help to prevent rust from breaking back through the new layer of paint.

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