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Caring for your furniture

Buying furniture is an investment, so it’s only right that you’d want to look after your most valuable and loved pieces.  Most quality items sold today will come with a set of care instructions, however many of us may have inherited our most treasured antiques and heirlooms, and so lack the knowledge to care for them.

But by following a few simple instructions you can ensure prolonged life and satisfaction with your furniture.

Upholstery

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Over time fabrics can wear and lose their charming looks, but there are many ways to keep it looking as good for as long as possible…

  • Gently vacuum your upholstery regularly using a brush attachment, as accumulated dirt will accelerate fabric wear. Vacuuming Chenille and Velvet fabrics in the same way also helps to reduce flattening.
  • Avoid any sharp objects that may snag fabrics.
  • Try to keep pets off Reupholstery.
  • Plump up feather, soft back, and seat cushions regularly.
  • Keep out of direct sunlight to minimise fading.
  • Clean accidental spills as soon as possible. When spot cleaning, test in a small area, which isn’t visible.

 Woodwork

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Intricate woodwork shows great skill and can be very beautiful so it’s important to use the correct products to maintain its attractiveness.

  • Keep your furniture away from heat sources such as radiators, fireplaces, and direct sunlight - these can also affect the colour and dry out the wood.
  • Dust once a week with a soft cloth.
  • To clean use slightly damp paper towels, being careful not to wet the wood too much.  Dry using a soft cloth or paper towels.
  • Don’t use silicone based polishes as they can damage the surface over time.  Try to use more natural options such as beeswax.  When waxing it is best to use a small amount.  This only needs to be done maybe once or twice a year.

Loose Covers

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If you have a sofa or chair with a loose cover, cleaning them may seem a little daunting.

  • Always follow the care instruction label that may be sewn into your loose covers.
  • As a rough guide most loose cover fabrics can be machine or hand washed at 30 degrees, however if you’re unsure we would suggest contacting a dry cleaners who should be able to advise.
  • If you feel your loose covers need replacing, we’d suggest contacting an experienced company such as Plumbs as we can advise on the type of fabric and design that would best suit your piece of furniture.

 

It is important to take time and care when maintaining your furniture as mistakes can be costly to repair or replace.  If you’re unsure of how best to look after aspects of your furniture it is always best to consult an expert. 

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Pet Palaces & Pampered Pooches

Just like family and friends, our pets are a very important part of our lives.  We nurture them from babies into loving and loyal companions, so it’s no surprise that many of us wish to spoil our furry friends as much as we can.

Pampered or not, every pet needs a comfortable place to sit and sleep, and so the market for personalised and extravagant beds pet has grown.  Think diamanté, designer fabrics and out the box designs…

Pink Bed 

The bright fuchsia fabric gives this doggy day bed a fun and feminine feel.  The bolster cushions with contrast piping add a touch of sophistication and comfort.

 Four Poster

Bold lime green and aubergine colours create a real statement with this four-poster cat bed.  This design can be recreated by simply turning an old side table upside down and adding a piece of upholstered foam to the centre.  Turning the draw upside down means you can store any toys out of view.

Chevron Dog Bed 

Grey velvet and chevron pattern gives this pet sofa a modern and luxurious look. This simple style and classic shape of this piece of furniture means it won’t stick out next to most suites.  By using scatter cushions on the sofa in a matching fabric, you can really co-ordinate the whole look.

 Cat Macaroon

This fuzzy ‘cat bun’ is great fun and any cat is sure to enjoy sleeping the hours away in this warm and cosy design.  Felines love to snuggle and burrow so the cocoon shape of this bed makes it also great for play.

  Cat Suitcase Beds

This upcycling project is a great way of reusing old suitcases.  However, if your DIY skills aren’t great we’d suggest not stacking the beds on top of each other!

When we think about how much time we spend carefully choosing wallpapers, fabrics and furniture for our homes, it’s understandable that many people also want their pets’ furniture to match their individual tastes.  Your pet may not notice that the pink piping on its bed matches the scatter cushions on your sofa, but if it’s comfortable that’s all that matters.

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Best bits from the Ideal Home Show London

The Ideal Home Show London has finished for another year so now is the perfect time to look over the highlights from the new venue – Olympia, London.

Indigo & Earth Living Room

This blue colour scheme is anything but cold, especially when teamed with the contemporary wood burner and plush metallic accessories.  Although there is quite a large sofa and a lot of furniture in this room, the use of glass and mirrors make this living room feel much more spacious. 

Blue Room 

Slate & Leaf Dining Room

Botanicals are an interior trend that’s set to stay! The vivid Green and Yellows in this room look great against the dark charcoal walls.  The addition of white chairs and light pendant helps freshen and balance the overall look. Although the overall feel of this dining room is quite moody, the accessories and styling help take our minds straight to Spring/Summer.

Botanical Room 

Copper & Clay Bedroom

The Copper Blush walls in this bedroom are a huge trend for 2015.  This colour and two-tone paint effect really plays on the Mediterranean feel of this trend.  This design has also incorporated another big trend this season.  Bold geometric prints in a mix of styles and sizes help add splashes of extra colour to this bedroom.

Copper Room

We loved how eye-catching this stand was from www.Turkisde-light.com. The dizzying display of colours, patterns and lights looked great against the black back drop. Turkish Lamps

And of course the telephone box sofa on the Plumbs stand!  We loved speaking to all who stopped by, and we hope everyone had as much fun as we did.  We look forward to seeing you all next year!

Telephone Box Sofa 

Why not take a look at our upcoming events to see where we are next…

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New Spring Curtain launch for 2015

Plumbs are launching 22 brand new curtain and blind fabrics for Spring 2015.  These new designs will join our already vast range of over 800 fabrics, and will be available in a huge range of styles including; stripes, florals, checks, and plains to suit both contemporary and traditional tastes.

 

Our Ashbourne – Teal curtains feature a modern small foliage design on a neutral base, which is perfect for the Spring/Summer months.  We’ve co-ordinated this design with our beautifully textured Mezzo blind.

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Talisker - Azure is a beautiful check. This fabric can be made into both curtains and blinds and in a choice of 7 different colourways, including softer hues such as ‘Natural and ‘Duck Egg’.

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Our Maypole curtain in Rouge colourway features a simple yet elegant trellis design that would work well in modern or traditional interiors.  We’ve added a statement blind (Plush – Fuchsia) to really bring out the Rouge detail in the curtains.

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Our bold Lottie curtains in Teal colourway really add some wow factor to this window dressing.  This fabric features a slightly textured floral design on a plain coloured base.  Our brand new voile fabric - Anais in Marble helps soften the Teal and add extra privacy to the window.

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This is just a snippet of the possible 125 options available in our Spring fabric launch.  To see more simply request a visit from your local home consultant, who can show you large fabric samples in the comfort of your own home.

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