Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How can I tell if my furniture is worth |
repairing, refinishing, or re-upholstering?
Is your furniture made of solid wood? Does it suits
your lifestyle, taste and decor? Does it have some
emotional or sentimental attachment? If you
answered yes, then you have an excellent reason
for having your furniture refurbished. If is difficult
to define when it cost more to refurbish than to
replace a piece with new. A very large proportion
of new furnishings sold today are of questionable
How can I know if my upholstered furniture is quality?
Is it a quality name brand? Was it expensive furniture relative to the manufacturer's
suggested retail price when it was purchased? Is it over 20 years old? Is it vintage or antique?
Has the structure of the frame held up over the decades? If yes, there is a very good chance your
upholstered furniture was built with quality.
What constitutes a quality piece of upholstered furniture?|
First consider the quality of the frame. Superior frames begin with solid hardwood construction. Double doweled and reinforced at the stress points are the time tested standards for the best construction techniques. If your furniture was built using engineered lumber, which includes particle board and plywood frames, or if it is fastened using screws or large staples, your frame may not be of quality.
What do you recommend I use for dusting my furniture?|
A dry soft absorbing cotton rag made from an cotton t-shirt or diaper
is an effective and safe method for regular dusting.
The new micro-fiber dust cloths are a very effective
but stay away micro-fiber cloths that contain so
called furniture polishes.
What do you recommend for cleaning and
polishing my antique wood furniture?
There are two main types of wax, bees or carnauba.
Bees wax comes from the architecture of bee hives.
Carnauba wax comes from the leaves of the Brazilian
Carnauba Palm Tree. Spray wax with lemon oil is good
with lacquer finishes. You can get pigmented paste
waxes in a variety of colors and the pigment will help cover
scratches and defects. Wood furniture care products containing
water should be completely avoided. Products containing silicone are
also detrimental. Silicone build-up will occur and nothing else will shine
your furniture. Lemon oil is almost always mineral oil with a lemon scent
added and is perfectly safe to use.
Does stripping or cleaning the finish on an old piece of furniture decreases its value?|
Is it an antique of highly collectible value? How certain are you that the existing finish is the original finish? Has the original finish been painted or antiqued over? If you are not sure, do not alter an original finish and its best to let a us do any repair or conservation work. It is also worth noting that an item needs to be 100 years or older to technically be considered an antique.
How do I take care of my upholstered furniture?
Have the fabric treated with a stain repellent. Be sure to order a fabric protection that is warranted against staining. Stains and deep soiling threaten the life of your new fabrics. An active family and pets all contribute to the problem of stains on upholstery textiles. An effective fabric treatment program is a very small investment compared to the expense of a repair or replacement. You need to regular vacuum your upholstery to prevent dust, pollution and other environmental contaminates from building up.
What do you recommend to clean my upholstered furniture?
We highly recommend to let us Steamclean your furniture. We have a High End Steamcleaning machine that we can bring to your home. Call us to set appointment. 210-927-2446