The craftsmen at Bungalow 5 create their pieces using a wide variety of materials and finishes. Below are some suggestions for their care for them to maintain their beauty and provide you with many years of use and satisfaction.
- Avoid placing furniture in areas with extreme variations of temperature and humidity. Placing a wooden piece in a room which fluctuates from being humid to being dry can cause the wood to crack as it absorbs and then releases moisture.
- Avoid placing furniture directly in front of vents. Wood naturally contains a small amount of moisture. Placing a piece where it is bathed in a constant stream of dry air, whether from central air-conditioning or central heating, may cause the naturally occurring moisture to evaporate and may lead to cracking
- Avoid exposing your piece to strong sunlight which can cause discoloration in finishes.
- Avoid writing directly on the surface of your piece, as it may leave small indentation marks.
- Avoid leaving water or other spills on your piece for any period of time as it may cause wood, veneers, and lacquer finishes to warp or bubble. Simply dab spills dry with a soft paper towel or a soft clean sponge. We recommend the use of coasters under glasses to avoid moisture rings.
- Avoid spilling acetone or alcohol based fluids on your piece as they may dissolve finishes and leave unsightly spots. This does not apply to mirrored pieces which are impervious to most spills.
- Many household items such as rubber-based placemats, phones, alarm clocks, lamps, computers, and decorative accent pieces use rubber-based plastic pads on the bottom. To prevent discoloration and chemical reaction with the finish, rotate these items regularly so they do not remain in the same place for extended periods of time. In the event that you cannot rotate a piece, we recommend the use of undyed felt pads instead.
- Avoid placing hot objects on surfaces since heat can damage the finish. Always use protective pads under hot dishes and plates.
WOOD & LACQUER
- Avoid using glass cleaners on anything but glass and mirror. Ammonia can cause discoloration and dull the finish.
- Our lacquer pieces come in both high-gloss and medium-gloss. Clean lacquer with a soft cloth or duster. Avoid rubbing hard as this may produce tiny scratches.
- Marble is porous and stains easily. Wipe off anything spilled on marble immediately. As with most materials (except glass or mirror) use coasters to avoid moisture rings.
- For tough stains, use nonabrasive cleaners such as hydrogen peroxide.
- Our grass cloth pieces have been sealed with a clear coat of lacquer. The grass cloth finish is actually quite resilient.
- Dust grasscloth furniture frequently to prevent accumulations which can be more difficult to remove.
- If you spill water or a soft drink on them, simply dab them dry with a soft paper towel or a soft, clean sponge.
- Light stains or blemishes may be removed with a soft brush (such as a toothbrush) and soap and water. Again, once you clean a stain, dry the piece immediately.
- Our rattan comes in two different types, natural and lacquered. To preserve the look of your rattan dust frequently with a dry cloth.
- For lacquered rattan you can use a small amount of furniture polish to restore its shine.
- Mirrored pieces should be cleaned with glass cleaner. Avoid abrasive cleaners or using rough scrubbing material, as it may scratch the glass.
- Leather products should be dusted frequently with soft dry cloth to avoid accumulations.
- For more thorough cleaning use only appropriate leather cleaning products.
CERAMIC & PORCELAIN
- Never immerse your porcelain in water completely, it is best to use a damp cloth to clean porcelain items.
- Use a very mild or diluted dish washing liquid soap & lukewarm water to wash it. Use a dabbing or very gentle wiping motion with a soft cloth.
- Avoid using abrasive cleaners, scouring pads or put porcelain in your automatic dishwasher.
- A light dusting with a soft-bristled brush such as a make-up brush is the safest way to clean gold leaf.
- Avoid moisture, such as from wiping it down with a damp cloth, as it may cause the gold leaf to release from the furniture and end up on the cloth instead.
- During normal everyday use, bolts and nuts may loosen up. They should be periodically inspected and re-tightened to prevent damage to the furniture, personal property, or personal injury .