HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR GEORGE CHEBIB DESIGN

We want the relationship you have with your beautiful furniture to be a long term one.  But as we all know, in life, relationships need to be cherished and cared for.  And so, in order to maintain a long and fulfilling relationship with your beautiful furniture, you will need to clean and maintain it from time to time.

FABRIC UPHOLSTERY

To ensure the lifespan and quality of your fabric upholstery, here are a few basic rules that you will need to follow: 

  • Keep away from any open fires – our fabrics aren’t fire resistant.
  • Keep the furniture out of excessive sunlight as this could cause the fabric to fade.
  • Certain materials can transfer their colour onto the fabric and this can become a permanent stain so be careful with what you wear.
  • Exposing your fabric to scratches from pets, or any sharp objects (studs, buckles, etc) isn’t a great idea as these will tear the fabric.

Cleaning and maintenance of fabric

First and foremost, we always recommend getting a professional to clean the fabric, especially in the case of spillages or stains.  However, if you would rather look after the piece yourself, here are some tips for you.

Routine maintenance will help in keeping upholstered furniture in tiptop condition. Vacuum cleaning the fabric regularly will aid in keeping the fabric in good shape. This also prevents dust, hair and crumbs from becoming ingrained in the fabric.

When it comes to spills and accidental stains, again, a professional is recommended.  However, speed is key. If the spillage or stain is one that will need an actual cleaning solution to remove it, always test the cleaning solution on an inconspicuous part of the fabric before using it somewhere noticeable. 

If the spillage or stain is still fresh, don’t try to rub or wipe the area with your hands as this will push the wetness or staining deeper into the fabric.  Get a dry towel or paper towel and place on top of the spillage.  Blot the area to try to absorb the majority of the offending spillage or stain.  Only when you have blotted the area until its almost dry, then you can attend to attempting to remove the stain itself.  Always use a fabric stain removal agent on your furniture.  Never use harsh soaps, chemicals or detergents on the fabric.

If the spillage or stain has already dried in, the first step is to vacuum the area.   Then you can use fabric stain removal agent on your furniture. 

We cannot stress enough the importance of using a good cleaning solution.  A bad one can damage the fabric and in turn the quality of your piece.

Metal and metal Finishes

Polished and metal finishes

Dust polished metal finishes with a feather duster or clean microfibre cloth.  Avoid paper towels, sponges, squeegees etc as these will not do your shiny metal finishes any good.

If you need to remove stains from a metal finish, use a clean microfibre cloth with tepid water or a very mild household cleaner on the stain. Never use hot water, caustic chemicals or adhesive removers as these could irreparably damage your metal finish.

Silver-plated finishes

To clean silver-plated metal items, use a soft sponge and lukewarm water.  Allow them to allow them to dry before polishing.  To polish silver plated items, dip a clean microfibre cloth into silver polish and apply it in a thin film to the metal. Gently rub the polish into the silver plating in circular motion.  Remove any excess silver polish with a clean microfibre cloth, lukewarm water and a small amount of mild washing up liquid. 

Gold-plated finishes

To clean gold-plated metal items, use a soft sponge and lukewarm water and a small amount of mild washing up liquid. Allow them to allow them to dry before polishing with a micro fibre cloth.

Mirrors

Use appropriate glass cleaning solutions and a microfibre cloth for cleaning glass surfaces and mirrors. Avoid using abrasives or cleaners containing ammonia or acid; these can destroy the silver backing and edges of your mirror. If you are using a chemical cleaner, take care not to spill it on any of the surrounding finishes. Abrasive materials can scratch these surfaces, so don’t use them.

To clean mirrors, begin by removing any dust and other non-sticky spills with a clean and dry microfibre cloth. Then spray water onto the surface with a spray bottle. Hot water works best since it leaves no streaks. Wipe the glass surface or mirror down with a microfibre cloth. Use straight vinegar to clean up spills or remove stubborn stains. Dry with a clean microfibre cloth. As a final step, use a piece of crumpled newspaper for an added sparkle. This is particularly satisfying if the page you use has news you don’t like on it. It also removes fluff and makes the glass shine.

Powder Coated Aluminium

The weather, especially in Australia, is both beautiful and wild. So wild there’s not much you can do to stop leaves, branches, animals and debris from impacting the high-quality finish of powder coated aluminium. Thankfully, this is an easy fix. Use a clean, soft microfibre cloth to gently remove any stains and marks that Mother Nature has sent your way. If needed, wipe the powder coated aluminium over with warm water and a mild soap solution. Avoid using a detergent as it can be too harsh on the powder coating.  Remove residue with warm water, then use a chamois to dry and shine simultaneously. 

Marble

Marble is the most classically beautiful and luxurious material on earth. However, it’s also porous, soft, and sensitive to chemicals which makes it susceptible to staining.  Acidic substances, including detergents, soft drinks, juices, alcohol (especially red wine), nail polish, paint, oils and so on can leave behind permanent marks. 

So, prevention is better than cure. The best way to prevent stains settling into your marble is to treat marble surfaces with a protective sealer. The sealer fills in the pores and repels spills on the surface. This buys you time to wipe the marble completely clean. Ensuring the surface is quickly cleaned helps ensure it’s safe for food. If left unsealed, spills and everyday stains can easily penetrate the surface.

Here are a few easy rules for caring for marble. 

  • Clean up spills immediately. The faster you do it, the less likely it is that damage will occur.
  • Use heat resistant mats under hot dishes and cookware.
  • Use coasters under glasses, especially if they contain alcohol or citrus juices.
  • Acid is not kind on marble so avoid any cleaners with acidic ingredients.
  • Most households have a cupboard with cleaning vinegar, bleach, ammonia or other general-purpose cleaners. Keep them in the cupboard and away from marble surfaces.
  • Marble feels hard, but it’s actually very soft. Scouring powders and abrasive cleaners (dry or soft cleansers) can damage marble surfaces and should be avoided.
  • Marble is a type of stone. There are alkaline cleaners specifically formulated for stone, all other alkaline cleaners shouldn’t be used on marble.

Cleaning and maintenance

Marble is easy to clean and maintain.  Dust marble surfaces once or twice per week with a soft cloth.   As Marble is a type of stone, there are alkaline cleaners available on the market which are specifically formulated for use on stone and marble.  If you don’t have a special stone cleaner, we recommend wiping your marble surfaces down with a soft cotton cloth dampened with warm water. Once you have wiped down the marble, use a chamois after cleaning to dry and shine your marble simultaneously and remove any water marks. 

You can also use commercial marble polishes to keep your piece looking stunning. If you choose a commercial marble polish, make sure it is specially designed for marble as certain chemicals can harm marble. Regularly apply marble polish to maintain the lustre of the stone.