Care for rugs by sweeping or vacuuming.
Maintain rugs by keeping them away from direct sunlight. Occasionally rotate rugs when vacuuming for even wear. Water based or solvent cleaner may cause discoloration or staining. We recommend that stained or soiled rugs be professionally cleaned.
Never use cleaners with alcohols or solvents on metals. Only used fine cotton or extra soft cloths. We recommend that tarnished metals be professionally cleaned.
Cast bronze pieces are treated with a patina that gives each piece its distinctive color. Although bronze is extremely hard and lasts for centuries, the patina is the most delicate element. Its long-term beauty depends upon proper placement and care. Clean by using a dry or slightly dampened cloth or a vacuum brush. If soiled, use a light soap with luke-warm water. Wipe clean with a damp dry cloth. Dry with a clean cloth to avoid water spots.
Clean with a very soft, dry cloth or breathe onto a soft cloth then rub gently in the direction of the patina. Do not use abrasive cloths or cleaners as this may scratch or damage the finish.
Rubbing in the direction of the patina with a soft cloth will restore the luster to bronze pieces that have been coated with a wax seal (as wax will dull over time from the oils of people’s skin).
Clean polished metal or polished stainless with a damp cloth. Do not use commercial or heavy duty polishes or waxes, as they may scratch or damage the finish.
WOOD AND LACQUER
Wood and lacquered pieces have been stained and/or polished to bring depth and beauty to each finish. Although most are protected with either a clear coat or wax, they are still susceptible to wear. Care for your wood and lacquer pieces by dusting regularly with a soft cloth. Maintain wood and lacquer by not placing near heaters and air conditioning vents to prevent over-drying or exposure to excessive moisture. Avoid extreme humidity changes in your home, as extremely dry air can cause wood to crack and lacquer to lift. Do not place/leave hot or moist objects directly on the wood. Rubber or plastic left on the wood finish can also damage the finish. Clean by using a dry or slightly damp soft cloth. Follow by polishing with a dry soft cloth. Do not use commercial, heavy-duty polishes or waxes, as they can yellow light finishes. We recommend that stained or soiled wood or lacquer pieces be professionally cleaned or refinished.
Stone can be classified into two categories: siliceous stones such as granite and slate are more durable and relatively easy to clean, while calcareous stones, such as marble, limestone and onyx, are more porous and sensitive to acidic cleaning products.
As stone is a natural material, markings and color will vary. Stone tops are sealed or polished to be stain resistant. Many common foods and drinks contain acids that will etch or dull the surface of many stones. Use placemats or felt spots under china, ceramics, silver, or any other objects that may scratch the surface. Clean stone surfaces with a soft cloth and a few drops of stone soap or a light detergent combined with warm water. Too much cleaner or soap may leave a film or cause streaks. Rinse the surface thoroughly after cleaning and dry with a soft cloth. For spills, blot with a soft cloth immediately to prevent the stain from being absorbed by the stone. Flush with water and mild soap and rinse well. Dry the area with a soft cloth. We recommend that stained or soiled stone be professionally cleaned by a stone cleaner or a refinisher.
GLASS AND CRYSTAL
Glass and crystal can be cleaned by wiping with a soft damp cloth or glass cleaner with no additives. Apply glass cleaner to a soft cloth rather than directly on to the fixture to avoid overspray that may damage other finishes.
Some lighting shades are made from a thick, high quality watercolor paper or silk.
Care for the shade by dusting regularly with a soft cloth or a soft bristled brush, such as a large artist’s brush. Remove the lampshade from the lamp prior to cleaning. Clean small dirt marks on watercolor paper using a white art eraser with a gentle touch. Heavy staining on delicate silk and watercolor paper shades usually cannot be cleaned. Please contact Caffrey’s to purchase a replacement shade.
The brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner may also be used if the fabric can tolerate the suction from the vacuum. Use a hairdryer on the cool setting to remove dust from any trimmings and fringe.