- Original Home Designs from the Michael Amini® Signature Series are designed and built for the ages. With minimal care and maintenance, your investment will be enjoyed by generations to come.
With just a little TLC, genuine hardwood furniture may last a lifetime - several lifetimes, in fact. Consider grandfather's roll-top desk: a valued treasure passed on from generation to generation. Taking care of your hardwood furniture ensures its longevity. It's easy and largely a matter of common sense.
CARING FOR YOUR DINING CHAIR FABRICS
- AICO® uses only the best fabrics on dining chairs. Some fabrics have a nap, or pile yarn, that might get compressed during shipping. If this happens, the fabric may appear shaded, matted, or marked, but it is not damaged or harmed in any way. To "bloom" or plump the pile yarns to their original state, please follow the directions below.
Note: When brushing your hand with the grain of a pile fabric, the fabric will feel smooth; when brushing your hand against the grain of a pile fabric, the fabric will feel rough.
- o - Using a hand held steamer, gently steam the affected areas of the fabric, using small bursts of steam. Never touch the steamer directly to the fabric.
- o - If your steamer has a brush attachment, follow the step above by brushing against the grain of the fabric to lift the pile.
IMPORTANT: Vacuum your upholstery once a week with a brush attachment. Keep upholstery away from heat and moisture and never expose upholstery to direct sunlight as fading and discolorations may occur. Professionally clean your upholstery once a year.
UPHOLSTERY CARE INSTRUCTIONS
- Loose cushions and pillows should be turned, rotated and fluffed on a weekly basis to keep filling materials evenly distributed to allow for even wear. Vacuum all upholstery once a week with a brush attachment. Feather/ down cushions can be cleaned using a soft brush to clean the fabric. Keep upholstery away from heat and moisture, and never expose upholstery to direct sunlight as fading and discoloration may occur. Professionally clean your upholstery once a year. Look for the cleaning code under the seat cushion of your furniture. To clean your upholstered furniture, follow the instructions on the cleaning code chart that follows:
- - Cleaning Code DC:
- Professional dry-cleaning only.
- - Cleaning Code S:
- Clean this fabric with pure solvents (petroleum distillate-based products). Professional dry-cleaning is recommended.
- Caution: Use of water-based or detergent-based solvent cleaners may cause excessive shrinking. Water stains may become permanent and unable to be removed with solvent cleaning agents. To prevent overall soil, frequent vacuuming or light brushing to remove dust and grime is recommended.
- - Cleaning Code SM:
- Same as cleaning code S except "DO NOT BRUSH".
- - Cleaning Code SW:
- Clean this fabric with water-based cleaning agents, foam or pure solvents (petroleum distillate-based products). Professional dry-cleaning is recommended. To prevent overall soil, frequent vacuuming or light brushing to remove dust and grime is recommended.
- - Cleaning Code W:
- Clean this fabric with water-based cleaning agents or water-based foam to remove overall soil. Many household cleaning agents are harmful to the color and life of a fabric. Professional dry-cleaning is recommended. To prevent overall soil, frequent vacuuming or light brushing to remove dust and grime is recommended.
- - Cleaning Code X:
- Clean this fabric only by vacuuming or light brushing to prevent accumulation of dust or grime. Water-based foam or solvent-based cleaning agents of any kind may cause excessive shrinking or fading.
- - Cleaning Code M:
- Miscellaneous cleaning information:
- o • For fabrics with "SU" prefix:
Blot spills with blotting paper and pad the stain with a cloth soaked in alcohol or dry-cleaning fluid. Blot with cloth to dry. Do not rub area.
- o • For fabrics with "PL" prefix:
Use mild soap and water for most stains. Use a clean cloth or soft sponge to dab the stain. Remove soap solutions by wiping area with a clean cloth. For other stains, remove with a mild solvent such as naphtha (lighter fluid, paint thinner). Lightly wipe the stain moistened with solvent and blot to dry.
LEATHER CARE INSTRUCTIONS
- AICO®, Amini Innovation Corp., uses only full top grain aniline and semi-aniline leathers. Your fine leather furniture may contain variances of shading, color, and texture giving leathers their unique personalities, and are not considered as imperfections.
- Aniline and Semi-Aniline (Protected) Leathers Cleaning Code A and P Areas of a leather hide absorb dyes differently, so some color variation is normal. Scars and branding marks are natural markings and are not considered flaws.
- Do not place your furniture directly next to a heating source. Do not place your furniture directly next to a window, under a skylight, or in a sunroom. All leathers are subject to fading over time; aniline leathers are especially sensitive to direct sunlight.
- The application of a leather protection cream will improve the leather's resistance to staining and soiling, especially on seats, arms and backs.
- Wipe your leather with a soft, dry cloth to remove dust. Fully clean your furniture with a soft cleaner and re-protect with a protection cream every six months to remove dirt and grime as well as gradual accumulation of body oils. For oil-based stains, use a leather de-greaser.
- Do not use any other products not recommended for leather as they may damage the leather's surface.
WOOD CARE INSTRUCTIONS
- Because each piece of wood is unique and handcrafted and carved, expect variation in wood grain appearance, finish stain coloration, and carvings that are not considered imperfections or defects.
- Keep furniture out of direct sunlight to avoid sun and light damage and color bleaching.
- Keep furniture away from direct heating and cooling sources as they affect the moisture content of the wood.
- Clean wood with a soft, dry cloth to remove dust. Use a wood cleaner / protection agent to remove dirt and grime and restore the sheen to the wood finish, being careful not to transfer the cleaning agent to your upholstered fabrics.
UPHOLSTERED VINYL CARE AND CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS
- - DECORATIVE VINYL FIBER CONTENT
- o 100% polyurethane face.
- - CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS
- o Dust vinyl, wood and metal surfaces regularly with a soft, clean, dry white cloth.
- o Clean vinyl, wood and metal surfaces with a clean, (water) damp white cloth.
- o Clean glass surfaces with water or glass cleaner applied to a clean cloth; to prevent overspray, do not spray liquid directly onto the furniture.
- o Do not use chemical solvents on any of the finishes or surfaces.
- - CARE AND MAINTENANCE
- o Blot spills immediately with a clean, dry cloth.
- o Use coasters under all cups and glasses.
- o Do not place hot items directly on the furniture top surfaces; use trivets or mats to absorb heat.
- - PRECAUTION
- o Keep furniture out of direct sunlight to avoid sun damage and color bleaching.
- o Keep furniture away from direct heating, cooling, and humidity control sources as they may affect the integrity of the embossed polyurethane wraps, and the moisture contents of the wood.
HEAT, HUMIDITY AND HARDWOODS
- Did you know that up to half the weight of freshly sawn wood is water? Furniture is crafted from wood that is carefully dried, retaining just enough moisture for the furniture to properly acclimate to the relative humidity in your home. The wood in furniture continues to exchange moisture with the air, shrinking and expanding in response to changes in relative humidity.
Like your own skin, solid hardwood furniture's natural response to extremely dry air is to lose moisture and to shrink slightly. The halves of an extension table may part slightly, or a few tiny openings may appear on a solid wood surface. This will correct itself as the relative humidity rises, and the wood absorbs enough moisture to expand slightly.
On the other hand, if you don't have an air conditioner or dehumidifier, your home's relative humidity may get too high. Parts of your wood furniture may absorb excess moisture from the air and expand, perhaps causing drawers to stick. Once again, this will correct itself as your home's relative humidity decreases. The furniture's quality and sturdiness are not affected by these natural changes.
Here are some ways to ensure your solid hardwood furniture's longevity:
- o • For your comfort, as well as to protect your furniture, use a humidifier in the winter and an air conditioner in the summer to keep the relative humidity at 25 to 35 percent.
- o • Avoid placing furniture directly in front of radiators, heat runs or fireplaces.
- o • Don't expose hardwood furniture to continuous direct sunlight. Draw the curtains occasionally.
- o • Store table leaves as close as possible to the table. Keep them in an upstairs closet rather than in a damp basement, so that the table leaves are adjusting to the same relative humidity.
CARING FOR MARBLE TOPS
- The natural stone you have purchased as part of your home or office furniture is an investment that will give you many years of service. Stone is a natural product and simple care and maintenance will keep it looking beautiful. Here are some recommendations for routine care and cleaning:
- o • Use coasters under all glass, particularly those containing alcohol or citrus juices. Many common foods and drinks contain acids that will etch or dull the stone surface.
- o • Blot up spills immediately.
- o • Do not place hot items directly on the stone surface. Use trivets or mats under hot dishes and placemats under china, ceramics, silver or other objects that can scratch the surface.
- Cleaning Procedures and Recommendations:
- o • Clean stone surfaces with a few drops of neutral cleaner, stone soap (available at hardware stores), or a mild dishwashing detergent and warm water.
- o • Use a clean, soft cloth for best results. Too much cleaner or soap may leave a film and cause streaks.
- o • Do not use products that contain lemon, vinegar, or other acids, on marble.
- o • Rinse the surface thoroughly after washing with the soap solution and dry with a soft cloth. Change the rinse water frequently.
- o • Do not use scouring powders or creams; these products contain abrasives that may scratch the surface.
- o • A good quality marble wax or non-yellowing automobile paste wax can be applied to minimize water spotting.
TENDER LOVING CARE
- It's surprisingly simple to protect and enhance hardwood's natural beauty. All that's needed is some tender loving care. Here are a few tips from the experts:
- • Read the manufacturer's care directions carefully and keep them handy for future reference.
- • Dust with a soft cloth by following the grain pattern of the wood. Use an old T-shirt, baby diaper or cheesecloth that's been laundered to remove the sizing.
- • Dust often to remove everyday abrasive particles from wood surfaces. Before dusting, moisten cloth lightly with a spray product. A dry cloth can leave hairline scratches on the finish.
- • Surfaces also can be cleaned with a mild non-alkaline soap and water. Use the suds on a damp sponge or cloth, but be sure to pretest the solution on an out-of-sight-section to make sure it doesn't damage the finish. Dry immediately with a soft cloth and buff lightly, following the grain.
- • Wood finishes benefit from an occasional waxing or polishing. A paste wax can be applied every six to twelve months. Remove old wax first with a mild non-alkaline soap and water solution.
- • Avoid waxing urethane-finished furniture. Waxing these surfaces causes them to gather dust and dirt rather than repel it.
REPAIRS MADE SIMPLE
- Minor damage to solid hardwood furniture can be repaired quickly and effectively with the right materials, a bit of elbow grease, and some careful attention to detail. More complex repair or refinishing jobs are best left to professionals, especially if the piece has one of today's "super finishes".
SCRATCH AND NICK FIRST AID
- When preparing to repair small nicks or scratches, always test an inconspicuous area of the furniture first to make certain the mixture won't damage the finish.
- - Dark Wood or Stain:
- Fill scratches with shoe polish that matches the lightest shade of the finish, or rub with walnut or Brazil nut meat in the direction of the scratch. A child's crayon or felt-tipped marker can also be used.
- - Cherry:
- Fill the scratches with cordovan or reddish shoe polish that matches the wood, or apply darkened iodine with a cotton swab or thin artist's brush.
- - Light Wood or Stain:
- Fill scratches with a tan or natural shoe polish, or apply darkened iodine diluted 50 percent with denatured alcohol.
- Today's high-performance finishes demand special and careful attention when it comes to stain removal. While there are countless remedies for stains, some may damage the furniture's finish. If you're at all unsure, you should call a professional refinisher.
These common stains often can be treated with do-it-yourself furniture first aid. But bear in mind: always test your remedy on a small area to see if it removes the stain without disturbing or damaging the finish.
- o - Water Marks & Rings:
- o Often, rings are in the wax, not the finish. Cover the stain with a clean, thick blotter, press down with a warm iron, and repeat. Or rub with salad oil, mayonnaise or white toothpaste. Wipe dry and wax or polish.
- o - White Marks:
- o Rub with a cloth dipped in a mixture of cigarette ashes and lemon juice or salad oil. Or rub with a cloth dipped in lighter fluid, followed by a mixture of rottenstone and salad oil. Wipe dry and wax or polish.
- o - Milk or Alcohol:
- o Use your fingers to rub liquid or paste wax into the stain. Or rub in a paste of boiled linseed oil and rottenstone with the grain, substituting pumice for dull finishes. Or rub with ammonia on a dampened cloth. Wipe dry and wax or polish.
OTHER HOME REMEDIES
- During everyday use, your hardwood furniture may be subjected to mishaps and spills which temporarily mar its finish.
- o - Cigarette Burns (light):
- o Rub with scratch-concealing polish, or with a paste of linseed oil and rottenstone, working with the grain until the burn mark disappears.
- o - Heat Marks:
- o Rub gently along the grain, using a dry steel wool soap pad or a cloth dampened with camphorated oil or mineral spirits, or rub gently along the grain with extra-fine (0000) steel wool. Wipe clean and wax or polish.
- o - Nail Polish:
- o Blot the spill immediately, then rub with fine steel wool (0) dipped in wax. Wipe dry and wax or polish.
- o - Paint Marks:
- o If fresh, remove latex paint with water and oil-based paint with mineral spirits. If dry, soak spot in boiled linseed oil, wait until paint softens and lift carefully with a putty knife or wipe with cloth dampened with boiled linseed oil. Residue can be removed by rubbing along the grain with a paste of boiled linseed oil and rottenstone. Wipe dry and wax or polish.
- o - Sticking Paper:
- o Dampen the paper thoroughly with salad oil, wait five minutes and rub along the grain with extra-fine (0000) steel wool. Wipe dry and wax or polish.
- o - Wax or Gum:
- o Harden the substance by holding an ice cube wrapped in cloth against it, then use your fingernail or plastic credit card to remove it. Rub the area with extra-fine (0000) steel wool dipped in mineral spirits. Wipe dry and wax or polish.
KEEP YOUR FURNITURE LOOKING GREAT
- Furniture is built to be used and enjoyed, but accidents happen, especially when there are small children at home. Take these steps to keep damage from everyday life to a minimum:
- 1. Rub with scratch-concealing polish, or with a paste of linseed oil and rottenstone, working with the grain until the burn mark disappears.
- 2. When dusting, always lift lamps and other objects - don't slide them across the furniture's surface.
- 3. Always lift furniture to move it - don't drag it.
- 4. Open and close doors, drawers and lids gently.
These care instructions, compliments of The Hardwood Manufacturers Association, are general in nature, and may not apply to all AICO® products. Remember to test cleaning procedures on a small, inconspicuous area first. If you have questions, please consult a furniture care professional.