After redesigning your hotel, bar or restaurant, you’ll want to ensure that your new furniture is cleaned and maintained properly. As experts in the hospitality furniture industry, we’ve provided our advice on the care and maintenance of furniture, including cleaning fabrics, wood and velvet materials.
Wood Furniture Care
Timber framed furniture is built to last, which is why it remains a popular choice in the world of hospitality. Whilst most wood furniture care is the same, the type of finish will determine the specific care and maintenance that is needed.
The majority of wooden contract furniture is either lacquered or sealed. While both are designed to protect the wood, the appearance will differ depending on which is chosen:
- Sealer is traditionally thinned white shellac, which sinks into the wood and provides a more matte finish.
- Lacquer is a polyurethane layer that forms a hard barrier against dirt and moisture. Lacquered wood typically provides a glossier finish and is the most robust wood finish available.
When it comes to hospitality furniture there are a whole host of reasons why the wooden frames of chairs and tables may become worn – whether it is heat damage from hot liquid items, discolouration from excessive exposure to sunlight or the use of harsh cleaning chemical products.
Natural wood will be prone to scratches and scuffs over time from watches, rings, bracelets and cufflinks, along with impact from bags and hoovers.
Ideally, re-sanding and re-varnishing the whole frame would be preferable, but this is a lengthy process that may not be easily achieved in a fast paced hospitality environment. The most common and simplest solution for dealing with imperfections on your furniture frames is to use a polish touch-up pen, available in a range of wood finish colours to match existing décor. These are easily purchased online.
Woven Fabric Furniture Care
Fabric furniture can make a stylish and comfortable statement in your hotel, bar or restaurant, and with the right fabric upholstery care it can be kept in top condition. Depending on the type of fabric furniture you are dealing with there are a range of maintenance tips that can prevent unwanted dirt particles from building up in your upholstery:
Polyester or Microfibre
Velvet Furniture Care
With its rich texture and colour, velvet furniture makes a luxurious addition to any hospitality establishment. Velvet is a silken material with a short, dense pile, and can be made from either synthetic or natural fibres.
Because velvet has a short pile, its characteristics differ from those of other materials. The shade of velvet changes depending on the direction that you brush or vacuum it, so it's important to make sure the lay of the pile remains even. Velvet can also ‘bruise’ or ‘crush’ if the pile ruffles up, leaving unsightly marks that are particularly obvious on items that are plain in design.
Knowing how to care for velvet furniture may seem tricky, but there are a few simple things you can do to keep your furniture looking its best:
- If you find your velvet is ‘bruised’, gently brush it to remove any obvious marks. You can also carefully vacuum the velvet, but be sure to use the lightest setting (or a specific upholstery setting).
- When brushing velvet, make sure you use a brush made from appropriate material. Due to its dense pile, a suede brush is a good option.
- If your velvet furniture has removable cushions, ensure you are shaking and plumping them regularly. This will not only prevent unattractive creasing but also help them to keep their shape and retain definition.
- If you find light spills or marks on your velvet furniture, mix soap with water and use a damp cloth to wipe them away. If you catch the spill straight away, use a dry cloth to blot it first.
- If marks or stains are more stubborn, you can lightly steam velvet to remove them.
- You can also use a specialised upholstery cleaner, but you should test the product on a discreet area of the furniture before tackling more visible areas to avoid discolouration.
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