Caring for your Chinese Furniture
A few tips to help you care for your furniture, keeping it looking good for years to come.
- Try not to place furniture in direct sunlight as it may cause fading. The drying effect of the heat can cause wood movement or splitting over time.
- It can be a good idea with either central heating or air-conditioning, to retain some humidity in the room. Simply place a small bowl of water near to, or inside, the piece of furniture. If you have a humidifier make sure it is not too close to the piece, as again this is not ideal for the furniture.
- Wipe up spills as soon as they occur, with a soft, slightly damp cloth using only warm water, not detergents.
Chinese lacquer looks beautiful instantly with a quick dust of a soft cloth, to bring out that shine. These tips will also help prolong the life of the wood and lacquer.
- Use placemats or cloths under ornaments to help protect the surface of your furniture.
- Use a furniture spray polish when cleaning as this contains silicone, which helps disguise superficial marks.
- The hand finished, traditional ‘white lacquer’ may "yellow" under some light and heat conditions - this is unavoidable due to the natural ingredients of the lacquer.
- Try not to place furniture directly in front of, or next to a radiator.
- Spillages should be wiped off as soon as they occur.
Caring for your Lighting
Silk is a naturally heat resistant material and retains its beauty very easily with minimum help. We recommend using low energy bulbs in all of our lighting.
- Try not to get any water marks on silk, if so use a barely damp cloth and dab the area immediately. Silk may need to be cleaned using dry cleaning fluid and this is best taken to a dry cleaners to do.
- Dust silk regularly to keep fluff away. If there are stubborn bits of fluff use sellotape lightly to pick bits off, but only in emergency situations!
Caring for your Soft Furnishings
Most of Qing Art’s Soft Furnishings are fully machine washable on a low temperature wash. All items may also be dry cleaned.
- Linens may be washed and ironed with a hot iron after drying fully.
- Puff up cushions to help keep their shape and free the dust off them.
- Silk runners and cushions need to be dry cleaned.
- Use a cool iron on all satins to stop the material from melting.