Care Tips

Each Modern Times piece requires special care, and our expert team will let you know how to maintain your unique piece. Here are some important tips to maintain the life of your purchase into the future.

Timber

Solid timber and timber veneer are natural materials that require some special care. With the proper care, your new piece of furniture will last a long time and stay looking beautiful.

Routine Maintenance

  • Avoid placing hot or cold objects directly onto your furniture.
  • Reduce the risk of damage by using coasters and placemats.
  • Wipe up any spills immediately with a soft damp cloth.
  • Always wipe in the direction of the grain.
  • Objects should be lifted not dragged across the surface.
  • Use protective pads underneath items with a rough base, such as pottery.

Once a Month

  • Wipe the surface in the direction of the grain with Orange Oil. This will both clean and nourish the timber. Wipe dry with a clean, dry cloth.

Twice a Year

  • Apply Liquid Beeswax with a soft cloth, allow to dry for half an hour then buff back using a soft, dry cloth.

Stains and Scratches

  • Rub the surface lightly in the direction of the grain with No. 000 steel wool.
  • Try applying Orange Oil or apply a scratch-removing polish with a colour and value that simulate the tone of the timber (We recommend Howard’s Restor-A-Finish).

Leather

To extend the life and condition of your leather, we recommend using Renapur Leather Balsam Conditioner to nourish and protect.

Marble

Marble is a porous material that requires special care and will develop a patina over time. It should be treated in a similar way to a fine timber finish. It can be easily stained and vinegar, citrus, and tomato will etch marble so don’t let them sit on the stone.

  • Reduce the risk of damage by using coasters and placemats.
  • Wipe up any spills immediately with a soft damp cloth.
  • Do not use acidic or abrasive cleaners.

Metal

Brass and chrome are commonly used materials and finishes on both new and vintage furniture. We like a patina of age but there are a few simple cleaning methods.

  • Wipe with hot, soapy water on a soft cloth and dry thoroughly.
  • For an extra shiny finish use a little sprinkle of baking powder on a vinegar soaked cloth.
  • Avoid commercial metal cleaners as they can be very abrasive and remove chrome plating.

For further advice on the care of your purchase please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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