Maintenance

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KEEPING YOUR FURNITURE CLEAN AND LOOKING GREAT

You can keep furniture clean and looking great for a long time by following a good cleaning and maintenance regime. Roderick Vos advises you to follow the tips below to enjoy your furniture even more.

MAINTENANCE

In order to maintain its natural outlook, treat any wood with Greenfix oil two–three times a year.

Apply a small amount of Greenfix to a clean, dry cloth and gently rub this into the surface.

Allow the treated surface to dry for about 10 minutes, then gently rub again with a clean, dry cloth. Should the table still appear a little dry, repeat this treatment.

DAILY MAINTENANCE

-Avoid direct sunlight.

With time, exposure to sunlight will cause any upholstery to change colour to some extent. Cotton fabrics are especially sensitive to sunlight. The best thing is to avoid direct sunlight on furniture as much as possible. If your room has a great deal of natural light flooding in, it is best to opt for a woollen upholstery. Wooden furniture can also change colour due to sunlight, so it is advisable to place wooden furniture away from direct sunlight.

 

- Vacuuming: once a week

Dust particles can get anywhere. Furniture is no exception! Dust is hard to spot on furniture, which is why people will often postpone maintenance. We recommend that you vacuum your furniture once a week from the day of purchase. Use a nozzle with a soft brush that is only used on furniture. Make sure there are no sharp edges or protuberances on the nozzle that could damage the fabric or leather.

 

- Fabric upholstery:

Carefully brush the upholstery. When vacuuming napped fabrics you should always follow the nap. By doing so you will remove any dust or grains of sand that will cause wear if left in.

 

- Leather upholstery:

First remove any dust with a soft cloth, gently making rotating movements. Then use a vacuum cleaner.

 

- Wooden furniture:

Dust the wood with a soft, dry cloth. This will suffice as general regular maintenance.

 

- Keep your upholstery clear of any sharp or hard objects or Velcro.

Many types of fabric are sensitive to sharp objects such as buckles, pet’s nails, or rings. These could cause irreversible damage to the upholstery. Velcro consists of tiny hooks that could cause irreversible damage. So be careful with children’s shoes with Velcro. Of course any heavy, hard, or sharp objects could also dent or scratch wooden furniture.

FIRST AID FOR STAINS ON FABRIC

Generally speaking, spots should be instantly removed. Remove as much of any solids as you can using a spoon. Do not use a knife or anything sharp. Then place a damp tea towel on the stain and allow it to dry. The tea towel’s ability to absorb will draw much of the stain from the upholstery. Repeat this process until the stain dries out. If you intend to use a cleaning agent, try it out beforehand somewhere out of sight.

 

Please note: never scrub or dab at a stain. This will cause irreversible damage to the fabric.

 

- Further treatment

Once the stain has dried out, gather as much information as you can before proceeding. Inappropriate attempts to clean the upholstery will often only increase the damage. Wool and synthetics are especially sensitive to certain cleaning agents and these may cause irreversible changes to the fabric structure. This means you should never use soapy water with soft or green soap or any other type of cleaning agent. If you are unsure about the composition of the fabric, contact us. If you intend to use a cleaning agent, try it out beforehand somewhere out of sight. After cleaning let the fabric dry out completely before using the piece of furniture.

FIRST AID FOR STAINS ON LEATHER

Please note: do not rub stains with force. Carefully clean the stain, starting from the middle and working your way outward, using a soft cloth which is only used for cleaning leather upholstery and distilled water, or water that has been boiled and cooled. Do not use any chemicals, household cleaning agents, colourings, etc., only neutral agents intended for maintenance.

FIRST AID FOR STAINS ON WOOD

Immediately mop up any spilled fluids. Wood responds badly to very ‘wet’ cleaning, so remove any stains with a lightly dampened cloth. Do not use any scouring creams or furniture shine. Our wooden furniture has been treated with oil. In order to maintain its natural outlook, treat the wood with oil every six months. A supply of the oil comes with every order of wooden furniture.

BEST QUALITY FABRICS

Roderick Vos offers all of its models in a wide range of high-quality fabrics. All the fabrics in our collection have a wear resistance of at least 20,000 cycles, which means that all of our fabrics are suitable for heavy domestic use. The range has been composed to ensure there is always plenty of choice for everyone.

 

With time, exposure to sunlight will cause any upholstery to change colour to some extent. Cotton fabrics are especially sensitive to sunlight. Lighter fabrics generally suffer less from discolouring than darker ones. The best thing is to avoid direct sunlight on furniture as much as possible.

 

The advantage of woollen fabrics is that they have a natural resistance to stains. Stains will not permeate the fibres of woollen fabrics as easily as they will in other fabrics. Fabrics without wool or with a lower percentage of wool are more sensitive to stains. For advice on stain removal from fabric upholstery see the stain removal instructions on this site. Fabrics with a high wool percentage cannot be treated with an additional stain resistant coating.

 

Upholstery fabrics will behave differently depending on the model of the piece of furniture. The behaviour mainly depends on the stretch of the different fabrics. Fabrics with a high wool percentage have more stretch than fabrics with a low percentage of wool or without any wool. This means that upholstery in fabrics without any wool or with a lower wool percentage are more prone to showing some crease in the seat and back than upholstery in fabrics with a higher wool percentage. The wider the sofa, the more likely it will show some moderate creasing.

 

Pilling is when the fabric starts displaying little pills where the fibres have stuck together. The level of pilling depends on the bind, the length of the fibres, the type of fibre, and on the level of use. Fabrics with wool are more prone to pilling than other fabrics. The woollen fabrics we have selected, however, are very resistant to wear; this resistance is measured in Martindale cycles, so they are very durable. Fabrics Tonus, Tonica, Divina, Divina Melange, and Hallingdal, manufactured by Kvadrat, are often used in commercial interiors.

 

Our collection of fabrics at Roderick Vos is made up of fabrics from different manufacturers.

A fabric’s level of pilling is measured on a scale of 1 – 5  by doing some tests, with 1 representing significant pilling and 5 no pilling. A fabric’s colourfastness is measured on a scale of 1– 8, with 1 representing significant discolouring and 8 no discolouring. There are three levels of colourfastness:

 

4 = satisfactory

5 = good

6 = very good

 

A Martindale-test is used to determine a fabric’s wear resistance. The higher the number of Martindale cycles, the more durable the fabric is. Fabrics from 15,000 cycles are suitable for normal domestic use, from 20,000 cycles a fabric is considered suitable for heavy domestic use. More than 25,000 cycles means the fabric is suitable for commercial use as well.

 

BEST QUALITY LEATHER

Roderick Vos offers a selection of its models in leather upholstery. In our choice of leather types we have paid close attention to the look of the leather and its easy maintenance. And all the leather in our collection is processed in environmentally friendly ways. At Roderick Vos our policy is to work only with the very best materials. To ensure that your Roderick Vos furniture will look great long after you purchase them, we have listed some of the characteristics of leather below with tips on how to deal with these specific characteristics. 

 

All leathers are dyed through and through. With time, the colour on every type of leather will shift to some extent due to sunlight or placing a leather piece of furniture close to a heater or a radiator. Lighter colours generally suffer less from discolouring than darker ones. The best thing is to avoid direct sunlight on furniture as much as possible and to not place them too closely near heaters, wood burners or radiators (place them at least 30 cms. from these).

 

stain resistant

The leather range with which we work at Roderick Vos is made up of leather types from different manufacturers. The different leather types are coated with a (light) finish which prevents the first contacts with dirt and moisture from penetrating the leather. For maintenance of your leather furniture, with the exception of the Dayton range of leather, we recommend that you use our Leather Cleaner and Leather Care products. For instructions on how to treat stains on leather go to the instructions page.

 

leather characteristics

Some creasing may occur with use of the leather upholstered furniture. This is caused by the natural stretch in the leather and cannot be avoided. In developing our furniture and upholstery we take this stretch into account, but still, some creasing must be accepted.

 

Not every type of leather is suitable for any model sofa, armchair or dining room chair. It depends on the suppleness and thickness of the leather. Creasing and/or the formation of a seat impression with time is inevitable, but there is an increased chance of it with the thinner, more supple types of leather combined with tightly upholstered models. This explains why we do not offer all types of leather with all models in the collection. On our product pages you can see which types of leather can be fitted to which type of model.

The colourfastness of a leather type colourfastness is measured on a scale of 1– 8, with 1 representing significant discolouring and 8 no discolouring. There are three levels of colourfastness:

 

4 = satisfactory

5 = good

6 = very good

 

Pigmented/polished leather is polished during tanning. Due to the polish and the lightness of the print the natural characteristics of these leathers are less visible. Polished leather is coated with a stain resistant finish.

THE VERY BEST WOODS

The wooden furniture made at Roderick Vos are made from solid wood. Wood is a living and ‘warm’ material whose appeal will only grow over the years. To ensure your Roderick Vos furniture will  look great long after you purchase them, we have listed some of the characteristics of wood below with tips on how to deal with these specific characteristics.

 

Wood will discolour because of light and air. Instances of disproportionate discolouring are usually caused by glaring sunlight. The best thing is to avoid direct sunlight on furniture as much as possible and to not place them too closely near heaters, wood burners or radiators (place them at least 30 cms. from these). Placing larger objects on a table top, such as a sizeable fruit bowl, can also cause changes in colour.

Our STRIPE, BEAM, SICILIAN, KIREIO and FLOAT tables have been treated with an impregnating oil. The oil adds a touch of colour and highlights the treated wood’s natural structure, splits and gnarls. Never place any hot objects directly on a wooden piece of furniture (pans, mugs, etc.). They will cause rings which cannot be removed. For instructions on how to treat stains on wood go to the instructions page.

 

CHARACTERISTICS OF WOOD

Wood is a living material. Grains, gnarls, variations in colour and little splits are among the natural characteristics of wood. They may cause differences in structure and colour. No two tables are the same, your table is unique in the appearance of its wood. Changes in temperature and humidity can cause changes in the size and shape of the material. As a result, the joints may shift, or a table top may become warped. You can minimize warping by keeping the room temperature between 15ºC and 24ºC and keeping humidity between 40 and 60%. As a precaution, do not place wooden furniture too close to any heaters (heater, wood burners, radiators).

 

Our LOWTIDE, LOG, TRUNK and ISOLA tables are made from solid smoked oak and, some of them, an epoxied steel frame. A rustic natural product with a personal, completely unique look. This look can be reinforced over time because the wood may warp due to changes in temperature or humidity. Grains, gnarls, variations in colour and little splits are among the natural characteristics of your table. Post production these tables have been treated with Greenfix furniture oil. Greenfix is a highly protective, hardening, vegetable-based furniture oil (on a linseed oil base). Using this oil will enhance the wood’s natural appeal.

CHARACTERISTICS OF THE OIL

Greenfix oil is composed from high-grade, mainly natural, materials.

The product is free of solvents, and intended for maintenance and impregnating on different kinds of wood. The oil will lightly colour the wood and highlight the treated wood’s natural structure, splits and gnarls (for additional information on Greenfix go to www.oranjebv.nl).

 

Our VANITY, SLICE , BIN and MAGAZINE BIN tables have an epoxied steel frame with inlaid veneer details.

Our tables OBI, POPOV, SHU and DOS have a spray-painted varnish like the various cupboards and are available in any RAL colour.

 

After treating the wood with Greenfix oil, the cloths with which the oil has been applied must be spread out and dried separately. Do not bin them before drying them as indicated.

Strictly adhere to the instructions given on the packaging. Oil will cause stains on your clothes. We would advise you to avoid any contact between your clothes and the table for 24 hours after you have oiled your table. To avoid any annoyance, and lots of elbow grease, do not leave wet stains to soak into the wood! Do not use any cleaning agents that contain ammonia or other solvents! Finally we would like to point out that changes in colour will occur if you expose your table to direct sunlight for a prolonged period of time. Even leaving any objects on the table top for a prolonged period of time may cause changes in colour to occur.

STEEL FRAMES

The epoxied steel frames such as BOOGIE WOOGIE, LOG, SLICE, BIN,VANITY, and DOWNTOWN can be wiped with both a dry or a wet cloth. There is no need for further maintenance.