A pencil mark in the leather, chocolate milk or soup stain? Do not panic! A lot of stains can be cleaned with the right maintenance product and a littlebit of patience. On this page you can read exactly what to do!
TEN BASIC RULES
Always follow these ten basic rules:
- Keep dusting! It may sound logical, but weekly dusting is really 95% of maintenance. It prevents the build-up of household waste (dust) and ensures that your furniture stays nice and fresh. Tip: check whether the LCK® cleaning glove set is suitable for your furniture. Go directly to: maintenance advice.
- Spring and Autumn cleaning. We advise to maintain furniture 2-4 times a year with the recommended maintenance products. This way you ensure that you can enjoy your furniture optimally, every year!
- Fluids. Treat liquids as fast as possible without dabbing too hard. First, try to soak up the liquid with a sheet of uncolored kitchen paper. The goal is to prevent as much liquid (and therefore dye) from entering the fibers as possible. Then clean with the recommended cleaner and distilled water, see rule 10.
- Solids like mustard and mayonaise you can easily remove with the blund side of a knive. Then again, clean with the recommended cleaner and distilled water, see rule 10.
- Never rub or scrub! The damage could be permanent. Always be gentle and follow the package instructions.
- Do not use regular household products! These often contains solvents, and you do not know how the agent will react on your upholstery. Use the recommended cleaner, or contact us. There is often more possible than you think!
- Always clean an entire section. For example, after you have cleaned a stain on a back cushion, you should also clean the entire back cushion. If you only clean a stain locally, there is a chance that you will continue to see it.
- Use the proper technique. If possible, clean from the outside in and not the otherway around. This prevents you from smearing the stain even further. Also follow the package instructions or, if you contacted us, the instructions in your personal treatment plan.
- "Let the knife do the job". For all our Gordan Ramsay fans, but instead of a knive we ofcourse use the recommended cleaner. Use the cleaner to remove the stain without scrubbing or appying to much pressure. If the cleaner is able, it will will always try to gradually dissolve the stain.
- Do not use tab water! We cannot speak for the whole world, but here in the Netherlands not every household has the same water hardness. This means that tap water can leave very stubborn limescale deposits. These, more or like, 'circles' are extremely difficult to remove. Therefore, get distilled or demineralized water from the supermarket or drugstore. This often costs only a few cents and always comes in handy.
GREASE STAINS (IN LEATHER)
Whatever you do, stay calm, because you don't need to do anything about most grease stains. What's up with that? Well, most leathers with an open structure have the property of absorbing small grease stains (such as gravy splatters) over time. You don't have to do anything about this yourself, except monitor it.
Day 1: Remove as much solids and liquids as possible, using the basic rules above. Then take a picture of the grease stain and put a reminder in your calendar for next week.
Day 8: Take another photo from the same spot a week later and set another reminder.
Repeat this for about 3-4 weeks and compare the photos afterwards. Does the grease stain become visibly less noticable? Then please don't do anything about it, the stain will go away on its own. If not, please contact us and send the photos.
Are you not sure about the origin of a stain, or do you get stuck while cleaning? Please do not hesitate to contact us. You will find all relevant information on the contact page.