– CARE –
Our pieces are hand crafted and hand finished to provide the unique LA MAISON look and may vary in measurement and finishing colour. We do not consider minor measurement difference or slight colour variations flaws. As timber is a natural product, each piece may be different and vary over time with exposure to light and use. Natural imperfections are normal and may include knots, grain and surface texture and distressed highlights in different areas. Please refer to the below categories for information on how to care for your LA MAISON pieces.
Caring for Painted Furniture
The nature of our items evoke an aged appearance achieved by hand, colour and size variations can be found. Each item is made from wood products, the curved elements including the legs are carved by hand using traditional cabinet making techniques and any imperfections are characteristics of the item should be celebrated. A wax polish is applied by hand, over the surface to create an aged finish that is unique from one item to another. Dust or wipe clean with a cloth dampened with water once a week. Be sure not to leave water spots on the surface. These water spots will dry and could possibly leave permanent marks. Keep furniture away from heating and air conditioning sources to prevent loss of moisture. Keep furniture out of direct sunlight. Use felt backing on all accessories to prevent scratches. Use placemats & hot pads under hot serving dishes and coasters under all beverages.
Caring for Wood Furniture
This item is artisan crafted with meticulous care. Given its handmade and hand-finished nature, variations in the wood are to be expected and celebrated. Each item is unique and no two are exactly alike. Use a lint-free cloth to clean wood furniture on a weekly basis. Keep furniture out of direct sunlight. Use felt backing on all accessories to prevent scratches. Use placemats, hot pads under hot serving dishes and coasters under all beverages.
Do not use abrasives or harsh chemicals on wood furniture.
If your original wood finish is “a la natural” you can apply furniture oil or polish that will build up over time and protect. If your wood finish has an original mat water based protectant you can re-apply. Dust or wipe clean with a cloth dampened with water once a week. Be sure not to leave water spots on the surface. These water spots will dry and could possibly leave permanent marks.
Caring for Metal Furniture
This item is artisan crafted with meticulous care. Given its handmade and hand-finished nature, variations in the iron and its finish are to be expected and celebrated. Each item is unique and no two are exactly alike. Aluminum, iron, steel, and other metals can be wrought (heated and hammered into shape), cast from molds (often in solid pieces), or formed into hollow tubing. Because most of these, except aluminum, are subject to rust, our metal furniture is usually finished with layers of clear varnish, paint, or a durable powder coating. Use a mild soap solution, scrub, rinse, and dry. To remove rust stains or mold, sand the area lightly using fine-grit sandpaper. Wipe it clean, and apply touch-up paint if needed in several thin layers.
Caring for Teak Wood Furniture
Most wood used for outdoor furniture naturally resist decay and withstand the elements. Although sealants help preserve color and protect against wear and tear, they aren’t necessary. Left unfinished, the wood acquires a silvery-gray patina and requires little maintenance. To remove stains or mildew, mix 95% hot water with 5% bleach. Scrub the area with a soft-bristle brush, and rinse. To remove rust stains or bird droppings, or to restore original colour, sand lightly along the grain using fine-grit sandpaper, and rinse.
Caring for Upholstery Furniture
Keep upholstered furniture out of direct sunlight. Rotate cushions and pillows on a regular basis to allow even distribution of wear. Vacuum weekly using the upholstery attachment to remove soil that could be abrasive to surface. Periodic professionally cleaning is recommended. If a spill occurs, it is important to clean the fabric immediately. Blot with a clean, white cloth. Do not rub. To prevent rings, it is important to clean spots from the outside to the middle of the affected area. Pre test any care products in a hidden area to make sure that they are compatible.
Do not use detergents or strong chemicals to clean your upholstery.
Caring for Outdoor Cushion Upholstery
Outdoor cushion covers are machine washable or may be spot cleaned with mild soap and water. For stain removal use a diluted solution of 1 part chlorine bleach, 1 part mild soap and 4 litres of water. Allow fabric to dry. Professional cleaning is recommended for tough, persistent stains. Flip cushions on their sides when wet to help drainage. To protect furniture and cushions all year round, use custom fit covers when furniture not in use.
Caring for Natural Wicker Furniture
Our wicker furniture is traditionally constructed from rattan, split reed, or coated paper and the frame constructed of either metal or rattan. Sunlight is the primary enemy of wicker. Always cover wicker furniture if you intend to leave it outside for more than two or three weeks. Regular cleaning is recommended. To remove dirt and debris, vacuum with a dust-brush attachment or use a dry paintbrush. Clean with a mild soap solution. Scrub, rinse and dry. Avoid using too much water, which can weaken the fibers.
Caring for Synthetic Wicker Furniture
Our all-weather furniture is generally made from plastic, either polyvinyl chloride (PVC) or polyethylene (PE). These plastics are manufactured with a number of chemical additives, including ultraviolet stabilizers and fungicides, and can be shaped to mimic wood or wicker. The framework can be constructed either aluminium or teak. Use a mild soap solution – scrub, rinse, and dry. Sunscreen residue can discolor some plastics, so wipe furniture with a wet cloth and a mild soap solution soon after exposure.