Dolce Vita Home furniture is built to be enjoyed and become part of your everyday life. With a little care and attention, your pieces can look just as good in years to come.
Shiny Brass has a glossy shine, which has a more subtle, modern look. Basically it’s brass-plated, and therefore do not require the regular polishing required for solid brass. Strong, hardwearing and non-corrosive.
This brass-plated finish has a smooth, matt appearance and has been specially created to look like real brass that has slightly tarnished over time, featuring deep grey antiquing along the edges. Strong, hardwearing and non-corrosive, our Flat Brass finish does not require the regular polishing of real brass
CARING FOR SHINY BRASS AND FLAT BRASS
- Wipe up spills immediately using a clean dry cloth.
- Clean regularly using a soft cloth and a diluted solution of mild detergent and warm water. Dry with a soft cloth.
- Do not use bleach or any detergent containing sulphuric or hydrochloric acid.
- Avoid the use of steel wool or scouring pads as these may scratch and damage the metal surface.
- Protect metal table tops by using coasters and placemats to prevent marks, stains and scratches.
- Lightly dust and vacuum on a regular basis.
- Do not place your leather too close to a heat source, as it may cause it to crack and age prematurely.
- Protect your leather from direct sunlight and moonlight, as it may cause it to fade, discolor or crack. All leathers will fade over time, but darker colors may fade faster in direct sunlight.
- Avoid sitting on the arms, back or very edge of your leather furniture as this may cause distortion and/or damage.
- Be aware that clothing with transferable dyes, such as blue jeans, could transfer the dye onto light-colored leather furniture.
- Never use “standard” cleaning products to remove dust, spills or stains from leather.
GENERAL MAINTENANCE FOR ALL TIMBER
- Wipe the tabletop with a diluted solution of mild detergent and warm water after each use or meal. Always clean the whole tabletop rather than one area, to avoid any patches of discoloration over time.
- Always wipe up spills as soon as possible and dry with a soft cloth.
- Avoid using any acidic or high alkaline based cleaners, or products containing bleach, ammonia, alcohol or petroleum.
- For persistent spots, gently clean with a soft cloth and a solution of warm water and mild detergent. Wipe dry.
- Avoid furniture polish as over time it can accumulate and leave a residue. Remove dust with a soft, dry, untreated cloth.
- Moisture and heat can damage any wood finish. Protect your furniture by using coasters and placemats to prevent marks, stains and scratches.
- Conditioning oil can be applied and will help avoid staining but it will alter the wood color. Only use mineral oil if you are happy to permanently change the color of the wood.
- Maintain consistent humidity levels to minimize seasonal expansion and contraction of wood and prevent warping and major cracks or splits. Slight cracks are normal wear and part of the beauty of each individual piece.
- Over time, air and sunlight will change the color of natural wood. Occasionally rotate the items placed on your wood furniture to allow a more uniform color to develop.
Marble is one of the most beautiful natural materials, used by the Romans and Ancient Greeks for its crisp, clean and cool effect. Incredibly durable, marble’s translucency gives a unique visual depth beyond its surface for those natural patterns to shine through. No two slabs are alike and will each mark and etch differently. Honed marble has a matt appearance compared to polished marble. Marble is porous and can be easily stained, scratched or chipped. A water repellent finish is applied to our marble to give some protection, this will not repel acidic substances.
- Spilled liquids can leave a permanent mark. Spills and ring marks should be wiped off immediately.
- Protect your marble from hot, wet or abrasive objects by using coasters, trivets and placemats.
- Protect from acidic substances like wine, coffee, fruit juice, tomato sauce and nail polish remover. Blot spills immediately and rinse with a clean, damp cloth.
- Dust frequently with a clean, soft cloth to minimize scratches and wear patterns that can develop from everyday use.
- Clean your marble top on a regular basis with a clean, non-abrasive cloth, sponge, or mop, dampened with warm water. In addition, using a neutral cleaner specifically formulated for natural stone will help remove soils that normal dusting or damp mopping leave behind.
- Do not use general purpose cleaners, furniture polish or products that contain bleach, lemon, vinegar, or other acids, as these may etch the marble surface or damage the polish. Do not use scouring powders or creams; these products contain abrasives that may scratch the surface.
VELVET With a silky touch and intense rich color, Velvet is a modern renaissance of this classic, opulent fabric. Lavishly soft against the skin, Velvet has an elegant short pile with a subtle, glamorous sheen. Made from 100% polyester.
CARING FOR VELVET
- Spot clean using a mild, water-free solvent or dry cleaning product and follow the manufacturer’s directions. Water-based cleaning products may create water stains. Always test the cleaning product on an inconspicuous area first.
- A very soft brush (such as a baby’s hairbrush) can be used to brush the nap of the upholstery while cleaning.
- Note, the color of the upholstery may appear to change depending on the direction of the nap and the angle the product is viewed from.
- For more extensive cleaning consult a professional upholstery cleaner.
Naturally durable, cowhide is a timeless material that preserves the original look of the leather, retaining the drawing path characteristic of each hair. No two cowhides are ever the same, making each piece of furniture authentically one-of-a-kind.
- Regular brushing with a pet brush or similar and shaking will assist in retaining the true characteristics of this finish.
- Professional specialist cleaning recommended.
- Spot clean stains as soon as possible using a damp sponge and mild detergent, and pat gently with a soft towel to absorb the water.
Maintenance of Recliners
Maintaining the Leather on your recliner chair
Maintaining leather on any product is often a hard task. The most critical advice is to avoid water at all costs. The significant detriment to using the liquid is that it leaves huge stains on the leather. The best alternative is to use a steam cleaner. It might be another expense that you might not be willing to accommodate, but in the long run, it is worth it. Not only does it remove the usual dust, but it also gets rid of the bad smells that could have accumulated. Another option could be the use of saddle soap. It will remove all the dirt, while also ensuring that the seat does not develop cracks.
The principal difference between a standard seat and a recliner chair is the mechanical part. The feature that makes it move around and be manipulated into different angles is also essential when considering maintenance. It is pertinent to ensure to regularly oil the mechanical section. Again, it is better to be proactive than reactive. Do not wait until the chair produces creaking sounds, or the movement is suddenly jeopardized. Oil it before, and it will serve you diligently for a long time.
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