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Furniture Care
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The following recommendations are typical care advice for any premium quality solid wood furniture. Following these simple guidelines will help preserve the beauty and soundness of your Stickley Audi & Co. furniture for generations of use. Click here to view a printable PDF of these guidelines.

  • Caring for fine furniture is much simpler than most people realize. In most cases, dusting regularly with a clean, soft, lint-free cloth is sufficient. We recommend using a slightly dampened cloth for cleaning wood and smooth leathers. Be sure to dry the surface gently after cleaning to avoid water spotting. In general, silicone-based polishes are usually not the best choice for fine finishes. The most frequent problems associated with silicone polishes are over-polishing, combining them with other products, and future restoration issues. We do not recommend using oil soaps for frequent cleaning of new furniture. Cared for correctly, your new furniture should not accumulate enough grease and dirt to require the need for oil soaps.

  • Objects should be lifted rather than dragged across a finished surface. Expect some small surface scratches to appear on some finishes through normal use. Furniture wax can minimize this occurrence in many cases, but be sure to test the product and follow manufacturer's instructions.

  • Avoid exposing your furniture to strong sunlight. Unfiltered ultraviolet (UV) rays will discolor and damage wood, finishes, fabrics, leather and rugs over time.

  • Controlling relative humidity and temperature is important to the long-term life of fine wood furniture, leather and upholstery. L. & J.G. Stickley furniture is constructed to allow for natural fluctuations of temperature and humidity. For instance, solid tabletops will expand slightly in the summer and contract in the dryer winter months without any negative effects. If an atmospheric change is too drastic, or humidity and temperature levels too extreme one way or the other, your furniture can be damaged.

  • Nail polish remover, hair spray, perfume and potpourri (and any other products that contain solvents) can damage wood and leather finishes. Do not place these products directly on a wood or leather surface, and avoid using them near any wood or leather furniture.

  • Rubber, cork, vinyl or plastic products can damage some finishes. Use caution when placing telephones, clocks and electronics on a finished surface, as most have rubber or plastic footpads which can react with a lacquer finish. Avoid placing vinyl or cork placemats, coasters or tablecloths directly on a wood surface. To prevent damage, use a protective layer (cotton, linen or felt cloth) between the object and the finish.

  • Please store table leaves flat, apron side up, in a controlled environment to prevent warping or cracking. Do not store in an attic or basement. We recommend investing in cloth table leaf storage bags to protect against minor scratching.

  • Avoid exposing the furniture finish to items creating extreme heat, cold or moisture. Use protective padding under these items to avoid damaging the finish. Use caution when placing items that radiate continuous heat on fine wood furniture. For example, some computers or stereos can raise the surface temperature by up to 20 degrees. Prolonged use without protecting the finish may damage your furniture.

Rug Care
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Your Oriental rug is a pre-eminent example of combined art, durability, and creativity and deserves the same care and attention you would devote to a fine piece of furniture. Your efforts will be rewarded time and time again through years of lasting satisfaction with the unique beauty of your oriental carpet.

  • Vacuum regularly; at least once a week. Regular vacuuming will help remove destructive grit that is tracked on the surface and sifts through the wool fibers to the foundation of the rug. Occasionally, you should vacuum the back of the rug to draw out the very short, light absorbing bits of yarn that can otherwise dull the luster of the carpet.

  • Rotate your rug frequently to allow for equal wear and exposure to sunlight. In high traffic areas, we recommend doing this once a year.

  • Wet clean as required; generally not more than every ten years, preferably by a professional carpet cleaner. Professional cleaning will remove the grit and dirt that becomes deeply embedded as well as the surface soiling that dulls the appearance of the carpet. Cleaning should be done only by a professional cleaning service that specializes in oriental rugs, and not by a commercial cleaner unfamiliar with a hand-woven product.

  • Cope with stains immediately. Whenever possible, clean a spill before it has a chance to set. First, scrape up any solid dirt or blot up excess liquid with a paper or cloth towel. Depending on the type of spill, a simple variety of household solutions may be used. Specific stain treatments, as supplied by The Wool Bureau, are as follows:

    STAIN TREATMENT
    Alcoholic Beverages Detergent / Vinegar / Solvent
    Blood Detergent / Vinegar / Starch Paste
    Chewing Gum Freeze with Ice / Scrape / Solvent
    Chocolate Detergent / Vinegar / Solvent
    Coffee Cold Water / Detergent / Solvent
    Cola / Soft Drink Warm Water / Detergent
    Fruit Juices Cold Water / Detergent
    Furniture Polish Cleaning Solvent / Detergent / Ammonia
    Gravy / Sauces Warm Water / Detergent
    Mildew Call a reputable cleaner
    Mud Detergent
    Rust Solvent / Detergent / Rust Remover
    Salad Dressing Detergent / Cleaning Solvent
    Tea Cold Water / Detergent / Solvent
    Urine Detergent / Vinegar
    Vomit Detergent / Vinegar / Solvent
    Wine Absorbent Powder / Cold Water / Detergent

    1. Detergent Solution: One teaspoon clear dish washing soap in one-cup warm water.
    2. Ammonia Solution: One tablespoon clear ammonia in 1/2-cup water.
    3. Vinegar Solution: 1/3 cup white vinegar in 2/3-cup water.
    4. Solvent: A dry-cleaning solvent (available at hardware and grocery stores.)

  • Use recommended techniques for cleaning stains. You may refer to the following techniques for cleaning stains:

    1. Do it fast.
    2. Blot up excess spills with paper towels. DO NOT RUB.
    3. Apply antidote from the preceding list. with a clean dry cloth, working from edges to center. DO NOT SOAK.
    4. Blot excess antidote with paper towels. Dry with fan or hair dryer.
    5. Restore direction of pile with clothes brush.

It is important to test any cleaning or protection product in an inconspicuous area before using. Please follow manufacturer's instructions carefully when using any product on your Stickley Audi & Co. furniture or rug. Always apply care products in the same direction as the wood grain, not across it or in circles, to avoid leaving visible streaking or scratching. For answers to your specific care questions, you may contact the craftspeople at L. & J.G. Stickley via email at care@stickley.com.