Caring for your furniture

You can be sure your furniture will always look its best if you follow these simple steps:

Protect

South Africa's climate can be harsh. Even indirect strong light can cause fabrics and leathers to fade and perish, and lighter shades of leather are more prone to fading than darker shades. We recommend that you move your chairs and settees around the room from time to time to reduce exposure to sunlight.

Pamper

If your cushions are fibre filled, restore the original shape by flipping and puffing out the cushions and pillows regularly. Furniture with a high fabric pile can become flattened in pressure areas such as the armrests. Steam from a boiling kettle will help to raise the crushed pile again. After a while you will notice the foam in the seat cushions will soften by at least 20% of its original hardness - enjoy the comfort of furniture that is now worn-in.

Keep it clean

Dust settles on lounge furniture just as it settles on cabinet furniture. Dust your furniture using a vacuum cleaner or feather duster at least once a week. Remove stains using a damp white cloth. If a spill or a stain won’t come out consult an upholstery specialist. We can accept no responsibility for unsuccessful cleaning attempts. Show-wood surfaces require no polishes or sprays, simply wipe them with a clean, damp cloth. Do not apply patent cleaners to the surface of leather or leather-cloth. Avoid using oils and waxes on leather finishes.

Avoid sharp objects

Be careful not to snag threads with sharp objects. However, if one of the loops has broken do not pull it further: cut it off as short as possible.

Sit properly

Sitting on the arms of settees and chairs should be discouraged as it puts unnecessary strain on them and can cause premature wear and distortion of the padding and fabric.

Moving?

When moving your furniture DO NOT lift at the arms or flaps, always lift it at the corners of the base. When transporting furniture wrap each piece in a blanket or similar material and tie down firmly but not over tight. Place a piece of protective cardboard between the rope or webbing and the blanket to prevent damage. Take care not to store furniture stacked on the cushions or arm rests as this will compress the foam or fibre filling. Your furniture is best packed upright, resting on the base. Cover your furniture with a dust cover if you plan to store it for a lengthy period.

Covering materials

The following covering materials are used on Grafton Everest furniture:

Leather. Is a natural product with its own individuality. Some variations of shade and tone are to be expected, as are nicks, healed scars, and wrinkles that only occur in genuine leather. These characteristics are in no way to be considered as defects.

• Like wood, leather can fade, stiffen and crack when placed close to heat sources. So avoid placing it very close to fireplaces or in a spot that gets direct sun.

• Vacuum or use a clean, white cloth to dust every couple of weeks, so that it stays clean.

• To clean accumulated dirt, use a slightly damp, soft cloth to wipe the surface. However before doing this for the first time, test in an inconspicuous spot to make sure the leather doesn't absorb it. Use only a dry cloth if the leather seems to absorb the water.

• For spills, immediately use a dry cloth to blot and let it air-dry. It is important to blot instead of wiping as you want to get all the moisture out instead of spreading it.

• Never use soap, cleaning solvents, detergents, or ammonia to clean stains. Never soak the stain heavily with water. All these methods may actually be more damaging than the stain itself. For grease stains, blot excess with a clean dry cloth. The spot should gradually disappear into the leather after a short period of time. In case it persists, ask a professional leather specialist to clean the leather to avoid any potential damage to the leather itself.

• Watch out for scratches. As leather can scratch easily, avoid using sharp objects in its proximity. Gently buff the surface with a chamois or clean fingers for minor scratches on the surface.

• Leather can absorb dyes easily, so avoid placing printed materials on it. The ink can transfer and leave stains.

• Use a good leather conditioner every 6-12 months.

• To insure your leather furniture's long life, consider purchasing a protection plan when you buy it.

Upholstery Fabric. We source the best available upholstery fabric in different price ranges from around the world. Our Polyester Chenille and microfibers are chosen for their look, feel and durability. All upholstery fabrics are guaranteed for up to one year against seam slippage, fraying and dye transfers. The guarantee does not cover tears, flattening of nap, pilling, fading or shrinking and is not valid when heavy soiling is evident.