How to Clean and Care for Leather Furniture

Do you have any leather furniture, or are you considering to buy some? Although that type of furniture needs a little more attention when it comes to maintenance, generally it’s a really good investment. If you tend to do it properly, it will age wonderfully and look better with each year. Caring for it is relatively simple – after you purchase leather furniture, check the tag for any special information and then stick to these tips, and you’ll always have a top-notch leather sofa or couch.

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Clean spills fast

Small spills can’t hurt your leather much, you only need to act quickly to prevent discoloration. Don’t use any detergents, just a simple soft cloth or paper towels will do. Wipe it off and leave it to air dry, and it will be like nothing happened.

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 Oily stains

If dry blotting isn’t enough, you can always try with a wet cloth, but never use a wet cloth on grease or any oily stains because it can make it worse. Oil soaps stain darken the leather so they’re out of the question. They can clean the leather, but it will eventually make the furniture brittle, dry and damaged.

Keep away from sunlight

Avoid putting your leather furniture in direct sunlight, as it can accelerate the natural ongoing discoloration process. Like any upholstery material, leather can fade to some degree if exposed to the sun. Also, extreme temperatures can cause the leather to dry and crack. Whether it’s too cold or too hot, it doesn’t matter – if it bothers you it probably bothers your sofa, too. Therefore, don’t place leather next to air conditioners or radiators.

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 Stretched leather

Leather stretches, after all. To avoid disfiguration you need to turn reversible seats and back cushions weekly, and seats, arm and back cushions should be regularly plumped up to maintain the shape of your suite. If your leather got stretched beyond plumping or turning it around try this simple trick – a hairdryer. Slowly heat the stretched out area with a hairdryer set on the highest setting and then just leave it be. As the leather cools, it will shrink back to its original size and shape.

Scratches

It is almost inevitable to have a few scratches on your leather furniture. You can’t keep pets and children away from it forever, can you? It’s made to be sat on, after all. Small scratches can fade away by just rubbing them with the tips of your fingers. The oil on your fingertips will blend with the natural oils on the couch, filling in the scratch like it was never there. However if the scratches are a bit deeper, a shoe polish that matches your leather can fill in the scratches and blend it with the rest.

Check which products you can use

The leather in furniture can vary a lot, so not all leather cleaning products are good to use. Even formulas that claim that are appropriate for any kind of leather can have a different effect.

Domu designer furniture Australia experts advise to always test any new cleaners or conditioners before applying them. You can do this by dabbing a small amount of the product on the leather, in a spot that is normally hidden from view. A small corner on the back of a piece is a good place for a spot test, and you will see the effects without ruining your furniture.

Regular care

To keep your leather furniture looking sharp, you need to dust it and vacuum it regularly. By dusting you will prevent any dirt being worked into creases, and a vacuum cleaner can reach crumbs and other debris hidden in tiny crevices. You can do that any time you’re vacuuming your house, so it becomes a habit, and then you’ll never forget to take care of your furniture. You can do that especially before it’s time to clean and condition the leather.

Conclusion

These are the tips on how to care for your leather furniture. If you follow them, you will probably have no problems keeping it in top-notch for years to come. However, accidents happen sometimes, so if you’re not sure how to deal with it, it’s best to leave some things to the professionals.

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Color My World

Am I blue? Seeing red? Got a yellow streak?  The colors of our environment have a subtle, unspoken and profound influence on our lives.  So much so, that we’ve even named some of our emotions for different colors.  This article will concentrate on the effects of color.

It was Sir Isaac Newton who first coaxed colors out of white light and joined the two ends of the spectrum but it was Johann Wolfgang Goethe who investigated the emotional impacts of colors.  Goethe divided colors into two groups: the “plus” side of reds and yellows that he felt were exciting and cheerful, and the “minus” side of greens and blues that he felt denoted weakness and unsettled feelings.  Some of our emotional perception of colors has roots in our own biology.  We have fewer receptors in our eyes to perceive blue, so we see the color as unfocused and calming.

Here’s a litany of some common colors and the emotions often associated with them.

Blue, the color of sky and sea, is associated with trust, wisdom, confidence and faith.  This color is most favored among males and is frequently used to promote products associated with cleanliness.  Light blue is associated with health, tranquility and understanding.  Dark blue represents power, knowledge and integrity.

Green, the most predominate color in nature, symbolizes growth, harmony and freshness.  It has a strong correspondence with safety (think “green light”).  It is restful to the eye and suggests stability and endurance.  Dark green is associated with ambition and greed.  With yellow-green, we think of sickness, cowardice and jealousy, with aqua we think of healing and protection and olive green is the tradition color of peace (eg. the olive branch).

Yellow reminds us of sunshine and is associated with happiness, joy and energy.  Men may perceive yellow as a “childish” color and associate it with frivolousness.  It’s great for attracting attention, which is why it is used for cabs. Dull or dingy yellows designate caution and decay, while light yellow is associated with intellect, freshness and joy.

Red, the color of fire and blood, represents energy, danger, passion and desire.  Seeing it increases our heart rate and raises our blood pressure.  Perhaps appropriately, it is used to signal danger (red light) and eroticism (red lipstick). Light red represents joy, sexuality and love, pink is associated with femininity and friendship, dark red with vigor, willpower, anger and rage and the color brown denotes stability and masculinity.

Orange, combining the energy of red and the happiness of yellow, is associated with enthusiasm, fascination, encouragement, sunshine and the tropics.  My experience is that nobody is neutral about orange.  You either love it or hate it. Dark orange can signify deceit and distrust, gold meets up with prestige, illumination, high-quality and wisdom.

Purple combines the stability of blue with the energy of red.  It is the traditional color of royalty, connoting power, luxury and ambition.  It conveys wealth and extravagance.  Approximately 75 per cent of pre-adolescent children prefer purple.  Light purple, or lavender, evokes romance and nostalgia, dark purple can evoke gloom and sadness.

Although black can be associated with death, evil and mystery it also summons feelings of strength, elegance and prestige (think formal attire) and its complement, white, is the color of purity.

Emotional responses to color are, in part, affected by our cultural heritage and personal experiences so don’t think of these as necessary responses to the color but rather how many people see them.  Next time, we’ll talk about how to combine colors.  And if you can find the right colors for your home, I’ll be tickled pink.

Shopping Case Goods

Let’s talk about the Great American Pastime…shopping…and how to find good furniture.  First of all, I’ll start with 3 axioms.  Everybody wants a bargain. Value is made up of both price and quality. And, lastly, you should buy the best quality piece of furniture you can afford.

Of course, there are exceptions to this last one.  If you’re moving every year, or on an extremely tight budget, you may want dispose-a-furniture, but for your sake and the sake of the environment, it’s better to get something that lasts.  It’s better to give something away than to throw something away.

We’ll start with case goods.  These are chests of drawers, vanities, dressers, sideboards, armoires, entertainment centers, think anything big and rectangular.

Low budget case goods may be made up of particle board or Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF).  Their finishes will be paper or vinyl veneer with the grain painted on or covered in house paint or enamel.  The joints are butt-lapped (end to edge) and held together with staples.  The back is likely to be cardboard (glued or nailed on) as will be the bottom of the drawers.  The drawer fronts will be attached with glue or screws.  If it’s an armoire or entertainment center, the doors won’t open all the way back to the sides of the case.  The carved details will be plastic or resin rather than carved wood.  Based on my own experience, expect three to five years of use.

Middle of the line pieces will be made out of plywood with multiple ply veneers and have a finish of colored lacquer or Formica.  The joinery may be a mixture but the best joints will have dovetails, dadoes or mortise and tenon joints.  The back will be recessed in a rabbeted joint and be nailed or screwed on.  Only the back of the piece will look different than the front or sides.  The drawer bottoms will sit inside a dado joint ( a little groove) and be either masonite or thin plywood.  The drawer fronts will be attached with a mortise and tenon joint.  The drawers will use metal glides and you’ll be easily able to access the back of the drawer.  The inside may be sanded and finished. Depending on use, you’ll have these items for ten to fifteen years.

Heirloom pieces, those which you can pass down to your grandkids, will be a whole ‘nother cat.  They’ll be made out of solid wood or may have up to 7 plys in the veneer.  The look will be a hand rubbed finish, although, truth to tell, most commercial finishes are sprayed on with a high volume low pressure (HVLP) sprayer these days.  The inside of the cabinet should have blocks in corners to increase stability.  The blocks should be at least glued and may be screwed.  Almost all the joinery will be dovetails, dadoes, some mortise and tenon and even some miter joints.  Like before, the back will be rabbetted in and sometimes will have a finish (although since this is rarely seen, not all do).  Under the drawers, which set inside a dado groove, you’ll see corner blocks and the bottom will be made of plywood or solid wood.  The quality of the drawer glides should be noticeably better and allow full access to the inside.  The inside of the drawers may be stained and finished.  The doors should have either piano (long) hinges or slide back into the cabinet (pocket doors) or be double hinged so they’ll open all the way to sides of the cabinet.

It’s worth noting that these are really ideals and you’ll frequently find a mix of better and lesser qualities (hey, just like me) in the same item.  A visit to an antique or used furniture store (shameless plug) is a good way to see a variety of techniques, woods and finishes.

And I highly recommend talking with your customer sales associate (aka salesman) if you have any questions.  Shopping is all about trust.  You trust that what you’re buying is worth your money.  The salesman trusts your check is good.

10 Clever Organizing Tricks and Furniture Storage Ideas

A clean and tidy atmosphere has the charm of softening the hardest of hearts. Whenever you step within the soothing circles of an organized room, there is always a feeling of order and prosperity within you. All this, thanks to creative innovations within humans not leaving out the effective aid from the complex but artsy computer applications.

There are a plethora of ways you can combat clutter with the ordinary stuff around you, for example, household items and the general stuff you would find lying around the compound. Namely;

  1. Functional Furniture

This type of furniture actually performs more than the usual function. Take a functional contemporary bookcase for example; this is more than just a furniture where built-in shelves are installed within the unit. Books, clothes, and toys will be sorted once the furniture becomes fully functional.

  1. Floor compartments

Secret storage can be designed on the floor where compartments are built to store valuable items. These sections can then be accessed by raising the floor boards where the concealed pieces are safely stored. This is one of the common practices found in most homes.

  1. Reclaiming Space

Most spaces within our homes are ignored yet they provide the ideal options of creating more room. The space under the stairway can be used to provide enough space for a home office or storage closet depending on you choose. You can as well have a recessed pantry within a cramped and cluttered kitchen since they provide great storage space.

  1. Professional lockers

Professional lockers play a huge role when you have a sporty family. These lockers can be placed in the garage or any room since they make it easy when organizing your space. You can go for a sixteen-foot storage shelf to make it impossible for the kids to mess up your attire.

  1. Classica

Although most of our homes have closets, we cannot deny the fact that as we keep buying the order of the room continues to worsen. This is why you need to come up with a custom-built closet to sort out your laundry and shoes provided by brands such as Classica. The designers of this closet make sure that varying compartments are included to make it easy when organizing your lights, darks, and other apparels. With a number of finishes to choose from, Classica provides one of the strongest storage systems.

  1. Glass Jars

If you are looking for a timeless beauty that will remain functional as long as it doesn’t break, then glass jars will serve you right. You can use varying shapes to represent the different items placed within the jars like let’s say screws, bolts, and nails in different jars based on their sizes. You can nail or have the lids superglued underneath the table where you store your tools.

  1. Boxes

The little boxes you get after having your product are sometimes so sturdy that it becomes hard to dispose. These boxes are very useful when organizing stationary as well as jewelry. You can have the boxes clipped together to form different sections depending on what you plan to store in the spaces. You can have a pencils and pen section, plastic flatware section, and a cosmetic section.

  1. A Fold-Down Changing table

This is a concealed changing table famous for saving a significant amount of space. All this made possible by the fold-down function that makes the table disappear into the wall. A fold-down table is not only a table but also provides a storage space that can be used for wipes, diapers, and other items that can fit the available space.

  1. Spice Containers

Many times you would find loose bits of sticky notes, paper clips, rubber bands, and much more. To properly organize your desktop, there are clear-topped jars found in supply stores that can be used to put every little thing in order.

  1. Tension Rod

Tension rods are useful mostly in the kitchen. They can be used to organize and keep the pots from rattling within the drawers. You can have it as a divider within the drawers where pots and/or pans can be placed on one side and lid on the other side of the divide.

Choose The Best Furniture For Your Garden

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There is more to it than just tending to your garden in order to make it look wonderful and enticing. A great idea is to consider it another room of the house, and invest in making it a space where you can spend your time. This means that you should implement furniture into your garden. Place a table with some cozy chairs or a sofa, and you’ve got yourself an outdoors part of your home where you can spend your time alone or with your family. In this article, we are going to discuss some of the tips for getting the best furniture for your garden.

Decide on the purpose

The first step is to decide what you want to achieve by implementing the furniture. Are you aiming for a space where you can host dinner parties? Do you want it to be a simple dining area for you and your family? Are you thinking about designing a peaceful spot where you can lay back and read during warm afternoons? Make a list of what you want to do with the space, and this will help you decide what furniture is the most suitable for it.

Getting shelter and shade

What you probably want is to create a space that is sheltered from the hot summer sun or rainy and windy weather. There are two choices that you can go for. The first is a pergola, which will provide you with just enough shade, but won’t be able to offer much protection against the rain. The other option is a summerhouse or a gazebo, which is bound to make your space dry, but might feel more like you are on the inside instead of in your garden.

Easily maintained furniture

Make sure that you get furniture that requires little maintenance, in order to be able to enjoy your garden space rather than take care of it most of the time. The general case with cedar, metal, teak and wicker pieces is that they are resistant to different kinds of weather. Go for these materials if you really want to enjoy great furniture that will look great for a long time.

Go for high-quality

Of course, it is also very important that you adhere to the old saying that you get what you pay for. For example, cheap plastic resin tables and chairs may look great in the shop, but the fact is that they will keep this look for a few years, until they become fragile and lose the color. A number of wicker and wood products that go for a cheap price have the same problem. You need to be careful when you shop and read reviews before you make the decision to buy.

Apply smart coloring

You should keep in mind that when getting the furniture for your garden, you don’t have to be restricted to the natural hues of wood, metal and wicker. You can invest in high-quality colorful finishes in order to get the best looks out of your patio furniture. Next to that, you can get creative by adding boldly colored cushions and accessories.

Go for comfort

Aesthetics might be important, but an essential aspect of your garden furniture is comfort. Piece made out of metal or wood are bound to last long, but for them to truly be comfortable, you need to add some soft cushions made out of plush. Pancake cushions are a bad choice, since they provide you with what you are looking for. Get big and light ones that will make your furniture truly usable. Polyester filler is an essential component. A light and elastic filler easily dries after exposure to moisture.

Think about shape and size

The shape and size of your furniture matters for any room in your home. Therefore, it’s no different for your garden. If you want to make it into a dining space, you must pay attention to the size of the dining table. Make sure that it doesn’t take control of all of the space, and that people can move around easily. According to the professionals at landscape design Sydney, the furniture pieces have to be just the right size so that they make the space open enough and that it remains functional.

In summation

When you choose the furniture for your garden, you must decide what purpose the space should serve. It is important that you go for high-quality and comfort, but also for furniture that doesn’t require high-maintenance. The shape and size also matters, so that the space remains functional.

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