2014年3月31日星期一

Tips for cleaning fabric furniture

Upholstered furniture is as varied as the tastes of the owners that choose the colors, fabrics, patterns and textures. Even though upholstered furniture comes in various sizes, shapes and fabrics, they all have one thing in common - - they attract dirt. Normal wear and tear from family, pets and visitors is to be expected; however, you can extend the life of your upholstered furniture with regular cleaning and periodic deep cleaning. Deep cleaning your furniture will keep it looking beautiful longer.

Deep Cleaning Furniture Basics

1. Remove all covers and cushions. Check for loose buttons, broken zippers or any other items that need to be repaired.

2. If you have checked the manufacturer's cleaning instructions and know that the cushion covers may be washed, remove the cushion covers and check for stains. Pre-treat stains and launder according to the manufacturer's instructions. If the cushions are not washable or they cannot be removed, then proceed to the next step.

3. Use the hand attachments for your vacuum cleaner to thoroughly vacuum the entire piece of furniture. Make sure that you pay special attention to the crevices and corners to remove all loose dirt and debris from the furniture.

4. Inspect the cushions for any stains or spots. If you find stains, you will need to clean the stains by hand if you cannot remove the covers and wash them. Also, check for any stains on the frame of the upholstered furniture. You may need to spot treat the stains in order to remove them.

5. In the late '60s, the furniture industry adopted a code to identify how certain fabrics should be cleaned. Check the manufacturer's tag on your upholstered furniture to determine which of the four categories (W, S, W-S or X) applies to your furniture. Read the manufacturer's recommendations about what materials are best for cleaning the fabric either online or in your owner's manual. Following the directions, deep clean the entire surface of the upholstered furniture. Depending on the furniture cleaning code, you may be using water, solvents or commercial cleaning solutions; however, no matter what you clean with do not scrub the fabric with any abrasive materials to avoid damage.

6. Use a damp sponge to rub over the entire surface to remove any soap residue - - soap residue will attract more dirt if left on the furniture.


7. Allow the furniture to dry completely. Using a small fan will help the furniture dry faster and more thoroughly. Remember that part of deep cleaning is cleaning the wooden parts of the furniture too. Use a wood cleaner to clean and shine the wooden legs and arms of your upholstered furniture.


2014年3月16日星期日

What is Baroque Furniture

The Baroque style uses exaggerated motionand clear detail to produce grandeur and exuberance in painting, sculpture,music, and decoration. Baroque furniture captures that flair and is obvious inrich detail, vibrant colors, and opulence. Decorations of the period wereprofusely detailed and highly ornamental. The Baroque started in the early1600s in Rome and spread all around Europe.
The Roman Catholic Church encouraged the opulent style by using Baroque furniture and paintings. The church said it wanted to use Baroque art and style to inspire raw emotions, thus enabling people to feel closer to religion. Aristocracy also appreciated the dramatic style of Baroque furniture and used it in their palaces. Baroque style favors large pieces, exaggerated decorations, colossal sculptures, and high volumes.
Louis XIV of France enjoyed the Baroquefurniture and used it as evidence of his regal glory. He was the King of Francefrom 1643 until 1715, when he died. It was heavily incorporated at hisVersailles royal palace.

Smalldetails were generally incorporated into Baroque furniture. Cherubs were oftendepicted in the art, and were added to almost any piece of furniture or decor.The cherubs were evident from fireplaces to paintings. They were also used asan accent in the furniture, often being carved into an arm chair or sofa.Nymphs and angels often accompanied, or replaced, the cherubs.