Product Care

TEXTILES

__0002_Background

Care for textiles by vacuuming or lightly brushing.

Maintain textiles by keeping them away from direct sunlight. Rotate and flip cushions when vacuuming for even wear.

The nap of high pile textiles such as mohairs and velvets may become crushed or lose its original pile height.

We recommend light steaming to lift the pile to its original height. The textile should also be brushed with a de-linting brush to maintain its pile.

__0001_2016_0420_16145700

Water based or solvent cleaner may cause discoloration or staining.

We recommend that stained or soiled textiles be professionally cleaned.

OUTDOOR TEXTILES

Clean with natural soap in lukewarm water. Sponge briskly and rinse thoroughly with clean water to remove dirt. Machine washing outdoor fabric that has not been backed is also acceptable. Air dry.

Diluted chlorine bleach will not affect the coloration of the fiber and is acceptable for stain removal. Chlorine bleach will eventually affect the strength of any fiber, so we suggest a solution of one part bleach to two parts water. Thorough rinsing is essential.

RUGS

Care for rugs by sweeping or vacuuming.

Maintain rugs by keeping them away from direct sunlight. Occasionally rotate rugs when vacuuming for even wear.

Water based or solvent cleaner may cause discoloration or staining.

We recommend that stained or soiled rugs be professionally cleaned.

 

LEATHERS

Leather is a soft porous material that is sometimes uncoated and can easily absorb liquids and oily substances. Avoid saturating the leather with lotion or water for a long period of time.

Care for leather by dusting and lightly vacuuming.

Maintain leathers by keeping them away from direct sunlight and heating vents. Leathers are a natural, living material that breathe and move as they wear.

 

2016_0420_16163600

VELLUM

Vellum is a natural parchment produced from calfskin, lambskin, or kidskin. As it is a skin, there exist naturally occurring variations in pattern, color, and texture, which may be noticeable in side by side panels. A clear coat of sealant is added to protect the vellum from normal use.

Care for vellum by wiping gently with a damp to dry soft cloth, making sure that the skin is completely dried.

Maintain vellum by keeping It away from direct sunlight and heating vents. Vellum is a natural, living material and breathes and moves as it wears. Vellum may also darken over time.

We recommend that stained or soiled vellum be professionally cleaned.

METALS

Never use cleaners with alcohols or solvents on metals.

Only used fine cotton or extra soft cloths.

We recommend that tarnished metals be professionally cleaned.

CAST BRONZE

Cast bronze pieces are treated with a patina that gives each piece its distinctive color. Although bronze is extremely hard and lasts for centuries, the patina is the most delicate element. Its long-term beauty depends upon proper placement and care.

Clean by using a dry or slightly dampened cloth or a vacuum brush. If soiled, use a light soap with luke-warm water. Wipe clean with a damp dry cloth. Dry with a clean cloth to avoid water spots.

PATINA METAL

Clean with a very soft, dry cloth or breathe onto a soft cloth then rub gently in the direction of the patina. Do not use abrasive cloths or cleaners as this may scratch or damage the finish.

PATINA BRONZE

Rubbing in the direction of the patina with a soft cloth will restore the luster to bronze pieces that have been coated with a wax seal (as wax will dull over time from the oils of people’s skin).

POLISHED METAL

Clean polished metal or polished stainless with a damp cloth. Do not use commercial or heavy duty polishes or waxes, as they may scratch or damage the finish.

Polishes we do recommend are Brasso, Simichrome, or our favorite Flitz; these can be used without inflicting damage even for the unskilled user, unless the polished surface has a wax sealer coat. These polishes will remove the wax while polishing the metal, but the surface would then have to be re-waxed if it is on a metal that needs to be sealed.

WOOD AND LAQUER

Wood and lacquered pieces have been stained and/or polished to bring depth and beauty to each finish. Although most are protected with either a clear coat or wax, they are still susceptible to wear.

Care for your wood and lacquer pieces by dusting regularly with a soft cloth.

Maintain wood and lacquer by not placing near heaters and air conditioning units to prevent over-drying or exposure to excessive moisture. Avoid extreme humidity changes in your home, as extremely dry air can cause wood to crack and lacquer to lift. Do not place/leave hot or moist objects directly on the wood. Rubber or plastic left on the wood finish can also damage the finish.

Clean by using a dry or slightly damp soft cloth. Follow by polishing with a dry soft cloth. Do not use commercial, heavy-duty polishes or waxes, as they can yellow light finishes.

We recommend that stained or soiled wood or lacquer pieces be professionally cleaned or refinished.

 

IMG_8167-edit

TEAK

Teak (Tectona grandis), is a deciduous hardwood renowned for its elegance, durability, and longevity even under severe climate conditions. An extremely dense wood and rich in natural oils, teak furniture is naturally water and insect repellant. Teak naturally weathers to a beautiful silvery patina if exposed to the elements.

All new teak wood will undergo a process where the natural oils of the wood rise to the surface. This process is natural and cannot be prevented. It allows dirt and residue to stick to the oil on the surface of the wood. The furniture should be cleaned by scrubbing the surface with a non-abrasive brush and using a solution of mild detergent and water. Rinse the furniture well and let it dry in the sun. All of the finishes that we offer require this general maintenance. Additional maintenance requirements for specific finishes and our outdoor cushions are described below.

Natural Finish

This is the standard finish for our furniture and is the natural wood that has been sanded. This finish will eventually weather to a silvery patina, but can be restored by sanding with fine grain sandpaper (320 grit). Always sand in the direction of the wood grain and wipe off the dust with a clean, dry cotton cloth.

Weathered Finish

This option is for those who want the silvery grey patina of weathered teak without waiting for the time and the elements to do their work. Both the Weathered and the Natural finishes require the same level of maintenance. Sanding or abrasive cleaning of this finish will return the wood to the natural color of teak. The sun and natural elements will eventually create the silvery patina again.

Oiled Finish

This finish is significantly darker than the Natural finish. Note that in order to maintain the oiled finish, sanding and reapplication of the oil is recommended as often as every 6 months. The frequency of maintenance required to maintain this finish will depend on the climate and pollution, as well as the length of time the furniture has been exposed to the elements.

Outdoor Cushions

Our cushions are constructed with soft density EZ-Dri poly foam with a Dacron wrap, and are appropriate for use outdoors. They are designed for water to flow through the cushion for quick drying. The cushions will not mildew; however, it is essential for the fabric to be cleaned regularly as mildew can grow on dirt and organic residue. Stains can occur on cushions from the natural oils that rise to the surface of teak, some of which can be removed with cleaning. It is not recommended that the foam is removed from the cover for cleaning. The foam is compressed by machine and then inserted, hence making it very difficult to put the cover back on and achieve the same neat appearance. To clean premium outdoor fabrics, a solution of mild detergent and water can be used (please be sure to follow manufacturer guidelines). Use a sponge with the cleaner and rinse the furniture with warm water.

Metal Bases

The metal bases that are used on our Great Outdoors furniture are made in either powder coated aluminum or polished stainless steel. They can be cleaned using a solution of mild soap and water.

STONE

Stone can be classified into two categories: siliceous stones such as granite and slate are more durable and relatively easy to clean, while calcareous stones, such as marble, limestone and onyx, are more porous and sensitive to acidic cleaning products.

As stone is a natural material, markings and color will vary. Stone tops are sealed or polished to be stain resistant. Many common foods and drinks contain acids that will etch or dull the surface of many stones. Use placemats or felt spots under china, ceramics, silver, or any other objects that may scratch the surface.

Clean stone surfaces with a soft cloth and a few drops of stone soap or a light detergent combined with warm water. Too much cleaner or soap may leave a film or cause streaks. Rinse the surface thoroughly after cleaning and dry with a soft cloth. For spills, blot with a soft cloth immediately to prevent the stain from being absorbed by the stone. Flush with water and mild soap and rinse well. Dry the area with a soft cloth.

We recommend that stained or soiled stone be professionally cleaned by a stone cleaner or a refinisher.

 

GLASS AND CRYSTAL

Glass and crystal can be cleaned by wiping with a soft damp cloth or glass cleaner with no additives. Apply glass cleaner to a soft cloth rather than directly on to the fixture to avoid overspray that may damage other finishes.

 

2016_0420_16281800

LIGHTING SHADES

Some lighting shades are made from a thick, high quality watercolor paper or silk.

Care for the shade by dusting regularly with a soft cloth.

Clean small dirt marks on watercolor paper using a white art eraser with a gentle touch.

Heavy staining on our delicate silk and watercolor paper shades usually cannot be cleaned. Please contact MOIE to purchase a replacement shade.

ALL MATERIALS

For any product that is heavily damaged or excessively worn, seek professional assistance.