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Always make allowances for possible shrinkage when making up curtains or loose covers. Any materials not offered as pre-shrunk or fixed-finished, tend to shrink when laundered or cleaned and can also show movement in certain atmospheric conditions. A 5-6% shrinkage is considered normal for fabrics not claimed to be shrink resistant. Even after pre-shrinking a fabric may still shrink up to 3%. For curtains we recommend generous hems, loosely stitched in case alterations become necessary.


Instructions where given should be followed carefully. This is particularily important because of the various fibres and finishes now available. Do not hesitate to ask if in doubt.

Please note: Fire retardant back-coated fabric for upholstery must be dry cleaned in situ. Fabric which has been treated for curtains or bedspreads and is dry cleanable must not be wetted out. If the fabric has been wetted out in any way it must be re-treated for flammability.

Vacuum furniture weekly. Avoid exposing to direct sunlight for long periods. Cleaning should be done by a reputable cleaning company.


Markings should not be regarded as a defect or a fault. Clean with a damp cloth taking care not to soak the leather. Avoid using detergents, polishes and waxes and protect from direct sunlight, excessive heat and sharp objects



When using the surface for serving food and drinks it is best to use protective mats and coasters. Spillages should be wiped up as soon as possible.


The lacquers used are highly resistant to the rigours of normal use and should usually only need regular, light dusting with a soft cloth. If sticky marks occur on the surface they can be removed with a dilute solution of warm soapy water. The offending area should be rubbed lightly and then completely dried immediately afterwards, before replacing any mats etc.

We must advise that you do NOT use anti-bacterial detergents for cleaning table tops.  In our experience, however safe these products claim to be they can still damage the lacquer.

Cleaning Materials

Use of cleaning materials containing abrasive compounds acidic or caustic reagents and any bleaches containing oxidising reagents should be avoided as prolonged use may damage the lacquer surface. Refrain from using anti-bacterial products on the surface of the tables as this has been proved to break down the lacquer finish.

Use of furniture polishes containing Silicones should be avoided as they can contaminate the finish surface and cause problems if the furniture finish ever needs repairing.

Furniture Care & Cleaning

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