CARE


TIMBER CARE


DANISH OILED AND WHITE OILED TIMBER

We use a traditional wood oil finish followed by wax, applied by even application to the timber planks. This finish seals the pores of the timber, enhancing the natural structure of the wood and forming a water repellent protection against everyday wear and tear. One important benefit of this finish is the relative ease with which damage is repaired, as the timber can be reapplied with wax at any moment. We recommend you use only products supplied or approved by De La Espada.

For daily maintenance, use a damp cloth or sponge with clean water, wiping down the whole surface as one. Do not concentrate cleaning or wiping on small patches/areas of the tabletop or shelves, even if the mark/tarnish is located in one particular part of the surface as this will cause the surface to appear patchy. Any spillages should be wiped clean immediately. Once the immediate spillage is cleared, ensure that the whole surface is wiped clean. Do not use spirits, bleaches or any other chemical cleaners to clean the timber.

For long-term general maintenance, periodic reapplication of wax is required. Ideally, the furniture should be waxed once every six months to a year. Damages can be rectified through light sanding and/or the use of a steam iron in conjunction with wax application.

Please ensure that direct contact with hot objects is avoided by using table mats. Prevention is the best protection from surface scratches. Always use table mats, coasters and tablecloths to ensure a beautiful, long lasting surface.

Wood absorbs and releases moisture in response to its environment, so it is important to keep an eye on the relative humidity throughout the product’s life, and alter its environment as needed to achieve ideal conditions of 50% relative humidity at 20°C/68°F.

Find in-depth guidance on maintenance and repairs in our care film, and our Looking After Your Furniture care pack, which additionally includes information on maintaining a stable environment for your solid wood furniture.

BLACK OILED TIMBER

We use a traditional wood oil finish, applied by even application to the timber planks. This finish seals the pores of the timber, enhancing the natural structure of the wood and forming a water repellent protection against everyday wear and tear. One important benefit of this finish is the relative ease with which damage is repaired, as the timber can be reapplied with oil at any moment. We recommend you use only products supplied or approved by De La Espada.

For daily maintenance, use a damp cloth or sponge with clean water, wiping down the whole surface as one. Do not concentrate cleaning or wiping on small patches/areas of the tabletop or shelves, even if the mark/tarnish is located in one particular part of the surface as this will cause the surface to appear patchy. Any spillages should be wiped clean immediately. Once the immediate spillage is cleared, ensure that the whole surface is wiped clean. Do not use spirits, bleaches or any other chemical cleaners to clean the timber.

For long-term general maintenance, periodic reapplication of oil is required. Ideally, the furniture should be oiled once every six months to a year. Damages can be rectified through light sanding and/or the use of a steam iron in conjunction with oil application.

Please ensure that direct contact with hot objects is avoided by using table mats. Prevention is the best protection from surface scratches. Always use table mats, coasters and tablecloths to ensure a beautiful, long lasting surface.

Wood absorbs and releases moisture in response to its environment, so it is important to keep an eye on the relative humidity throughout the product’s life, and alter its environment as needed to achieve ideal conditions of 50% relative humidity at 20°C/68°F.

Find in-depth guidance on maintenance and repairs in our care film, and our Looking After Your Furniture care pack, which additionally includes information on maintaining a stable environment for your solid wood furniture.

LACQUERED TIMBER - OXIDISED OR STAINED FINISHES

We use a clear, matte lacquer to protect the colour while preserving the tactile surface of the timber. The lacquer is impermeable to water, though spillages should be wiped clean immediately.

For cleaning, we recommend a damp cloth or, if necessary, a mild soap diluted with water. We do not recommend furniture polish as this may damage the surface.

Please ensure that direct contact with hot objects is avoided by using table mats. Prevention is the best protection from surface scratches. Always use table mats, coasters and tablecloths to ensure a beautiful, long lasting surface. Avoid any impacts where possible, as damage of this nature will result in cracks to the lacquer.

Keep out of direct sunlight, as this may cause the colour to fade. 

Wood absorbs and releases moisture in response to its environment, so it is important to keep an eye on the relative humidity throughout the product’s life, and alter its environment as needed to achieve ideal conditions of 50% relative humidity at 20°C/68°F.

Find in-depth guidance on maintaining a stable environment for your solid wood furniture in our Looking After Your Furniture care pack.


CARE FILMS


MAINTENANCE OF DANISH OR WHITE OILED TIMBER

A guide to maintaining De La Espada solid wood furniture with a Danish or white oil finish.
Watch the full film or individual chapters below.
 
Daily Cleaning 0:10 - 0:30; Applying Wax Refresher 0:30 - 3:06; Repairing Deep Scratches and Dents 3:06 - 4:20; Repairing Light Damage, Scratches and Stains 4:20 - 5:44

Daily Cleaning

Applying Wax Refresher

Repairing Deep Scratches and Dents

Repairing Light Damage, Scratches and Stains

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

It is advisable to wear gloves whilst applying wax. Waxy cloths can spontaneously combust if not disposed of properly. After use, immediately immerse cloth in water, thoroughly soaking it, then place the wet cloth in an airtight container — a metal can with a tight-fitting lid or a plastic bag — and seal tightly before disposal. Do not store wax near sources of extreme temperature. Do not take internally. Keep out of reach of children.

MAINTENANCE OF BLACK OILED TIMBER

A guide to maintaining De La Espada solid wood furniture with a black oil finish.
Watch the full film or individual chapters below.
 

Daily Cleaning 0:15 - 0:35; Applying Black Oil 0:35 - 4:17; Repairing Light Damage, Scratches and Stains 4:17 - 5:03; Repairing Deep Scratches and Dents 5:03 - 6:20

Daily Cleaning

Applying Black Oil

Repairing Light Damage, Scratches and Stains

Repairing Deep Scratches and Dents

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

Always protect your hands with gloves when applying oil. Oily cloths can spontaneously combust if not disposed of properly. After use, immediately immerse cloth in water, thoroughly soaking it, then place the wet cloth in an airtight container — a metal can with a tight-fitting lid or a plastic bag — and seal tightly before disposal. If gloves or drop cloths have become saturated with oil it is a good idea to dispose of them following this method as well. Do not store oil near sources of extreme temperature. Do not take internally. Keep out of reach of children.


FIBREGLASS & HDF CARE


SATIN MATTE PAINTED FIBREGLASS OR HDF

Satin matte paint is applied evenly, forming a water repellent protection against everyday wear and tear.

For daily maintenance, dust the surface. Use a damp cloth for periodic cleaning. If desired, a mild soap heavily diluted with water may be used to clean. Any spillages should be wiped clean immediately. Do not use spirits, bleaches or any other chemical cleaners to clean the surface.

Prevention is the best protection against surface scratches. Use mats and coasters to protect the surface. Please ensure that direct contact with hot objects is avoided by using table mats.

GLOSS PAINTED FIBREGLASS OR HDF

Paint is applied evenly followed by a clear gloss lacquer. This finish seals the pores of the material forming a water repellent protection against everyday wear and tear.

For daily maintenance, dust the surface using a microfibre cloth. Always use a very clean or brand new microfibre cloth when dusting or cleaning the surface to prevent scratches. Use a damp microfibre cloth for periodic cleaning. If desired, a mild soap heavily diluted with water may be used to clean.Any spillages should be wiped clean immediately. Do not use spirits, bleaches or any other chemical cleaners to clean the surface.

Prevention is the best protection against surface scratches. Use mats and coasters with a soft, non-abrasive underside to protect the surface.

Please ensure that direct contact with hot objects is avoided by using table mats.

Further guidance is available in our Looking After Your Furniture pack


UPHOLSTERY CARE


FABRICS

The following care instructions apply to all of our upholstery fabrics, excluding our leathers. Additional advice specific to velvet is available as a download at the bottom of this page.

REGULAR CARE

Regular cleaning is important in order to keep the upholstery textile looking its best and to prolong its life. Dust and dirt wear down the textile and also reduce its fire-retardant properties.

Vacuum frequently, ideally every week, at half power where appropriate. Wipe upholstery fabrics made from polyurethane with a dry or moist cloth. May also be vacuum cleaned with a soft brush.

STAIN REMOVAL

If you act quickly, it is not difficult to remove spills and prevent stains from forming. However, we cannot guarantee complete stain removal.

First, scrape off any liquids or hardened residues with a spoon or a scoop before you proceed. Any loose particles must be vacuum cleaned before further cleaning. Liquids must be soaked up with an absorbent napkin or cloth.

Remove non-greasy stains by carefully dabbing with a lint-free cloth or sponge wrung out in warm water. Edge marks can be avoided by dabbing gently in circular motions towards the centre of the stain with a clean lint-free cloth. Remove greasy stains by using appropriate detergents or solvents. In all cases, we recommend testing stain-removal agents on an inconspicuous area first, to see if there is any effect on the textile.

Make sure to dry the fabric fully before use. It may also be necessary to use a hairdryer to avoid leaving edge marks. This applies especially to microfibre textiles.

These tips are purely recommendations and cannot guarantee complete stain removal. In order to ensure satisfactory results, particularly for large stains, we recommend contacting a professional dry cleaner. It is important to state whether the stain has already undergone treatment.

PROFESSIONAL CLEANING

Regular maintenance and cleaning removes dirt before it settles in the fabric and damages the fibres. Appropriate maintenance and regular cleaning can prolong the textile’s life cycle and reduce costs for renovation and repair, replacement and disposal.

It is usually recommended that upholstered furniture with normal commercial use should be cleaned 2–3 times a year. Upholstery in private households usually needs less frequent cleaning.

In order to ensure satisfying cleaning results, we recommend contacting a professional cleaning service. Employing pH- neutral carbon dioxide solutions for cleaning is recommended because this method avoids the use of soap. A professional cleaning service may also assist in working out maintenance schedules, which ensure that the fabrics are maintained properly so that a good indoor climate and a maximum duration of the upholstery are achieved.

IMPREGNATION

We do not recommend impregnation of woollen upholstery fabrics, as wool itself is dirt-repellent.

Impregnation of fabrics made from 100% Trevira CS should be avoided since it decreases the fabric’s permanent flame-retardant attributes.

 

NATURAL GRAIN LEATHER

Occasionally vacuum furniture upholstered in leather. To clean, wipe leather with a damp cloth and be careful to avoid soaking. Products designed to feed the leather produce a sticky surface that attracts dust and dirt from continued use so we do not recommend them. Avoid excessive heat and if possible direct sunlight as these will dry the leather.

High humidity, warm temperatures, poor ventilation, and soiling can cause mould to grow on leather. It is important to keep the leather clean and to control the environment where the leather products are kept to prevent mould formation. We recommend using a Hygrometer to monitor the Relative Humidity in your home, to ensure that the conditions are neither too humid, nor too dry. The ideal conditions for your furniture are 50% relative humidity at 20°C/68°F (normal interior temperature).

Air conditioners or dehumidifiers can remove moisture from the air, and either should be used with windows and doors kept closed.

If mould does form, follow this procedure: Remove mould with a soft bristle brush (such as toothbrush), if possible outdoors to prevent scattering mildew spores in the home. Run a vacuum cleaner attachment over the surface of the leather to draw out more of the mould, being sure to immediately dispose of the vacuum bag outdoors. Dry the leather with an electric heater, fan, or sun and air. If necessary, sponge lightly with thick suds of mild soap and wipe with a clean damp cloth, being sure to avoid soaking the leather.

ELMORUSTICAL VIII

Aniline leather is very durable and will age naturally in response to its environment, the oils in the user’s skin and other factors resulting in a beautiful patina.

Never place leather furniture within 30cm of a radiator or in direct sunlight.

Vacuum often with a soft brush and, when necessary, clean any exposed surfaces, such as armrests and headrests. For stains that are water-soluble, dampen the area and dry using a paper towel.

For you to be able to take the best possible care of your leather furniture, Elmo has developed a water-based leather care programme with a cleaning (leather cleaner) and a protective (leather protection) component. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions when applying. For more information visit www.elmoleather.com

FINISHED LEATHER

Occasionally vacuum furniture upholstered in leather. To clean, wipe leather with a damp cloth and, if needed, a mild soap, and be careful to avoid soaking. Products designed to feed the leather produce a sticky surface that attracts dust and dirt from continued use so we do not recommend them. Avoid excessive heat and if possible direct sunlight as these will dry the leather.

High humidity, warm temperatures, poor ventilation, and soiling can cause mould to grow on leather. It is important to keep the leather clean and to control the environment where the leather products are kept to prevent mould formation. We recommend using a Hygrometer to monitor the Relative Humidity in your home, to ensure that the conditions are neither too humid, nor too dry. The ideal conditions for your furniture are 50% relative humidity at 20°C/68°F (normal interior temperature).

Air conditioners or dehumidifiers can remove moisture from the air, and either should be used with windows and doors kept closed.

If mould does form, follow this procedure: Remove mould with a soft bristle brush (such as toothbrush), if possible outdoors to prevent scattering mildew spores in the home. Run a vacuum cleaner attachment over the surface of the leather to draw out more of the mould, being sure to immediately dispose of the vacuum bag outdoors. Dry the leather with an electric heater, fan, or sun and air. If necessary, sponge lightly with thick suds of mild soap and wipe with a clean damp cloth, being sure to avoid soaking the leather.

RATTAN

OILED

Our rattan is finished with a traditional Danish oil followed by wax for the following timber finishes:

Danish oiled oak or ash
White oiled oak or ash

For periodic cleaning, use the following procedure. Add a few drops of mild dish detergent to a bowl of water and mix rapidly until bubbles form on the surface. Dip a soft cloth into the bubbles only, NOT into the water, and wipe the rattan. This cleans without over-wetting. Use a soft brush such as a toothbrush to gently clean the crevices of the rattan, using the suds only, as above. Wipe dry with a soft cloth.

Periodically reapply Wax Refresher (clear for Danish oil finish or white for white oiled finish). Please refer to the "Applying Wax Refresher" film above for more information.

STAINED & PAINTED

Our rattan is finished with a stain followed by a clear matte lacquer for the following timber finishes:

Danish oiled walnut
White oiled walnut
Black oiled oak, ash, or walnut
Stained ash
Oxidised oak

Our rattan is painted for the following timber finish:

Painted ash

Rattan finished with paint, or a stain and lacquer requires only a damp cloth for cleaning. Be sure not to over-wet the rattan. Wipe dry with a soft cloth.


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