MANOIR:NOUN MA·NOIR \MAˈNWÄR\: (FRENCH) A LARGE MANOR HOUSE IN THE COUNTRYSIDE.
Dust is probably wood furniture’s biggest enemy, as it leaves microscopic scratches that dull a finish over time. All smooth surfaces should be dusted regularly. For best results when dusting, always wipe in the direction of the wood grain with a soft cloth.
To avoid scratches, never slide anything (vases, plates, serving dishes, etc.) across a wood surface. Wipe up spills immediately, and check to be sure liquid hasn’t seeped under any objects, such as a vase, where it can “pool” and dry, causing damage to the finish.
Use linen or cotton tablecloths & placemats. Vinyl and plastic materials can damage some wood finishes or leave residues behind that build up on the surface of your furniture. Over time, these materials can make surfaces sticky and cause discoloration.
Use cork or felt pads under decorative objects, and swap them out several times a year.
Accidents will happen. Blot any spills immediately with a clean folded towel: never rub, but blot gently. Sometimes this is enough to get rid of the stain completely. You will need to identify whether the fabric requires a water-based product or a water-free product, such as a dry-cleaning solvent. For linen furniture, use a mild soap, water and a white cloth. For velvet furniture, use dry cleaning detergent on a sponge and blot the stain repeatedly. Let the cleanser dry entirely on the fabric.
When spot cleaning, always test in an inconspicuous area before you use any product. It is best to use a mild cleaning product. Apply with a soft brush in a circular motion to work into the fibers, then vacuum when dry.
Vacuum your upholstered furniture weekly for general cleaning and to remove surface soil. This also prevents dirt from becoming embedded into the fibers. You can also use a brush to gently whisk the dirt away. Make sure to always use a soft bristled brush so that you don't snag the fabric.
Avoid sunlight. Too much sun can damage your upholstery fabric, causing it to fade and even fray. Try to position it so that it doesn’t sit in the sun for extended periods of time.