Furniture Care Tips
Dusting is a key factor in maintaining your wood furniture. A clean, soft cloth is all that is needed most of the time.If using a liquid cleaner or polish - put liquid on the cloth being used and not directly on the furniture. Be careful to always follow the manufacturer’s instructions on the products you purchase. We suggest Cardi’s Furniture Care Made Easy Wood Care Kit to help you clean, polish and protect your wood furniture.
Darkening of Natural Cherry Natural cherry wood will darken with exposure to light. This is a natural process and enhances the beauty of the wood; however, you should be mindful of uneven darkening. We recommend you not permanently rest objects on exposed surfaces during the first two weeks. During this period, an object left in the same place for even a few days will show a lighter color beneath. After the break-in period you can leave objects in place since color development will be complete.
Care of wood products When dusting your wood, use a clean, soft cloth by itself or with a spray polish, following the grain pattern.
Natural variations in wood The grain patterns, textures, and colors of hardwood varies with each piece. These natural variations should not be considered defects, but rather part of the character and beauty of real wood.
Effects of Climate
Wood products respond to changes in humidity. In dry seasons, the wood will shrink a bit, while it will expand again in more humid weather. Fine furniture and wood products are built to allow for these natural changes. To minimize the effects of climate, keep your wood products out of direct sunlight and drafts from air or heating vents. Use coasters, cosmetic trays or saucers beneath drinks, potted plants,or anything that contains liquids. Left standing, liquids can cause white circles in your finish and if left for long periods can cause the finish to lift from the wood.
Direct sunlight can damage your furniture. Steady, prolonged exposure can cause fading or create hairline cracks. Therefore, keep your furniture away from open windows or heating and air conditioning sources. Close proximity to these sources can also adversely affect the moisture content of your wood.
Do not allow synthetics, rubber, or plastics to rest on your wood finish for prolonged periods of time as they might contain chemicals that can damage the finish. Oils may also cause your finish to deteriorate.
While fabric table cloths and cork-backed place mats tend to be finish friendly, remember your table likes to breathe and guests can sometimes spill beverages which may seep through a mat without your knowing. Cardi’s recommends a table pad to protect your table top. It comes in colors and finishes to match with heat shield.
Take care not to overload your curio or china glass shelves. When placing heavy or numerous items on a single shelf consider appropriate weight distribution.
If doors or drawers do not appear to fit properly, first check to see whether your furniture is sitting level on the floor. If not, you may want to adjust any leveling glides (if applicable) as described in the information received with your furniture. Furniture can settle into carpeting or rugs. If drawers and doors begin to bind, the leveling glides may need to be adjusted.
If you need to remove one of your drawers please follow this procedure: For a drawer with nylon wheel guides, look for levers on either side to release the drawer. To remove a drawer with wood guides, bring the drawer forward as far as it will go, then with one hand on each side of the drawer, give it a firm pull. This will release the drawer stop. The drawer stop will automatically engage when the drawer is reinserted.
When moving your bed, always disassemble it first. Moving a wooden headboard or footboard without doing so can exert undue stress on the rails causing a crack or separation.
Refer to manufacturer bedding guide for proper support needed.
We suggest you use Cardi’s Upholstery Care Kit to clean and freshen your fabric upholstery (available at all Cardi’s locations). On a yearly basis, or depending on usage, you should consider calling a professional cleaner to have your furniture cleaned. Protecting your fabric upholstery with Cardi’s Optional Extended Warranty Plan offers you peace of mind. See your warranty plan for specific information.
All fabrics will fade in direct sunlight. Proper placement of your upholstery in your home can contribute to its life. Avoid placing your upholstered furniture in direct sunlight which can weaken the fibers, cause fading, and make it more vulnerable to tears. Also, heat vents can be a contributing factor to fabric and foam premature deterioration.
Remember to vacuum your furniture often. For a thorough cleaning make sure to remove all cushions and draw the vacuum’s head along edges, and recessed areas. This will keep debris from becoming embedded into the fabric.
As your family settles comfortably into a sofa, loveseat or chair, you will see some core compression and "comfort wrinkles". To keep wrinkles to a minimum all cushions should be turned and pillows fluffed regularly. While it is possible to minimize these wrinkles, please bear in mind they are a normal part of the maturing of an upholstered piece of furniture. Please Note: 15% to 20% loss of resiliency in foam cover and overall padding is normal.
Crushed velvets, polysuedes,and novasuedes will all have color variation within, caused by the angle that light hits these fibers. Fabric piling, shading and crushing are normal signs of use.
Frequent vacuuming will keep dust and dirt particles from becoming embedded in the fabric. We suggest calling a professional cleaner to have an upholstered piece cleaned.
Fabric is not warrantied by the factory mills against wearing, therefore, we do not warrant the wearing, color fastness (fade-ability) or durability of any fabric.
Important Warranty Information:
Fabrics will wear out. Workmanship on seams and attached buttons is warrantied for a period of one year from the date of delivery or pickup on most items. This does not include defects due to moving, misuse, abuse, or animals. Furniture that has been placed in direct sunlight or has been treated with a chemical process and fabrics that have shrunk are not covered in this warranty. Clearance Merchandise is sold as shown, as is, and has no warranty.
Frame and spring construction is warrantied for a period of one year from the date of delivery or pickup against defects in materials or workmanship such as defective frame parts, defective dowel joints, and any manufacturing defect resulting in defective metal springs on most items. Seasonal cracks in frames, knot and wormholes, and differences in finish colors are all inherent characteristics of wood used in upholstered furniture and are not considered defects.
Metal frames, legs, casters, reclining mechanisms and sleep sofa mechanisms are warrantied for a period of one year from the date of delivery or pickup against defects such as loose linkage, rivets, and/or loose welds that inhibit the normal use of the item. Please realize that a certain degree of 'free play' is normal in most mechanisms and is not considered a defect.
Sleep sofas are not designed or built for daily use as a bed. Usage beyond once or twice a week will cause your sleep sofa to wear out prematurely. Sleep sofa mattresses are warrantied for a period of one year from the date of pickup or delivery against defects such as: total loss of foam resiliency and seam slippage of mattress covers. Mattresses will become creased at fold lines and, as with cushion cores, these mattresses will compress and soften with use. These characteristics are not considered defects.
Fabric Cleaning Codes
Clean this fabric with water-based cleaning agents or water-based foam to remove overall soil. Many household cleaning agents are harmful to the color and life of a fabric. Professional dry cleaning is recommended. To prevent overall soiling, frequent vacuuming or light brushing to remove dust or debris is recommended.
Clean this fabric with water-based cleaning agents, foam or pure solvents (petroleum distillate-based products). Professional dry cleaning is recommended. To prevent overall soiling, frequent vacuuming or light brushing to remove dust or debris is recommended.
Clean this fabric with pure solvents (petroleum distillate-based products). Professional dry cleaning is recommended. CAUTION: Use of water-based or detergent-based solvent cleaners may cause excessive shrinking. Solvent cleaning agents may not remove water stains. To prevent overall soiling, frequent vacuuming or light brushing to remove dust or debris is recommended.
Clean this fabric by vacuuming or light brushing to prevent accumulation of dust or debris. Water-based foam or solvent-based cleaning agents of any kind may cause excessive shrinking or fading.
Advantages of Buying Leather
Leather is a natural material; making it an ideal choice for comfort. Leather has excellent temperature adaptation making it comfortable during the heat of the summer and cool of the winter.
Leather conforms to your body shape and becomes more comfortable with use. Only leather ages so that it becomes more supple throughout the years.
Each leather hide is unique. No one hide is exactly like another. Leather comes with its own distinctive markings and characteristics; making each purchase truly unique.
Leather has legendary tear strength, making it one of the best upholstery materials known to man. Leather’s strength and elasticity gives it high ripping resistance.
Like our skin, leather has tight as well as h4 fibers that prevent the penetration of dust, lint, animal hairs, or cigarette smoke. Leather is an ideal choice for those persons who are dust-sensitive or possess allergenic conditions.
Leather Care Tips
Protecting all LeatherFurniture with Cardi’s Optional Extended Warranty plan offers you piece of mind. See your warranty plan for specific information.
Maintain at least two feet between your furniture and heating sources. Prolonged exposure to heat vents and radiators may cause your leather to dry out.
Use of general household cleaning products, chemicals and abrasives are not recommended as they can break down the Leather’s protective surface and cause damage. Never use harsh chemicals or cleaning agents (such as furniture polish, ammonia, or detergent soaps) on your Leather furniture. Avoid all products containing solvents, silicon’s, or oils, as they may negatively affect the Leather’s surface.
Leather should be dusted regularly. Use a soft, white cloth to clean your furniture. The soft brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner may also be used
Failure to adhere to the above care guidelines, could void your warranty. If you have a spill, blot the spill dry immediately with a soft, clean cloth. Like all items in your house, Leather can accumulate dust. You can fully remove dust particles from the surface with a soft cloth, making it ideal for dust sensitive people. Avoid placing your furniture in direct sunlight (under windows or skylights). All materials will fade over time when placed in direct sunlight. Some Leathers are especially sensitive to sunlight. Sunlight can and most likely will cause not only fading, but will break down the fabric fibers and leather causing deterioration.
Like all items in your house,Leather can accumulate dust. You can fully remove dust particles from the surface with a soft cloth, making it ideal for dust sensitive people.
Certain types of Leathers perform better when preventative maintenance is practiced. Please consult with a Cardi’s sales associate to discuss our Optional Extended In-Home Furniture Protection Plan.
Comfort wrinkles will naturally develop as you settle into your new chair or sofa. To keep wrinkles to a minimum, fluff and turn detached cushions and pillows regularly. While it is possible to minimize these wrinkles, please bear in mind, they are a normal part of the maturing of an upholstered piece of furniture.
Periodic cushion rotation (when applicable) ensures even wear and compression of cushions. â€¢ Please note: 15% to 20% loss of resiliency in foam cores is considered normal.
Avoid using ink pens, nail polish, nail polish remover,or other harmful household products near your leather furniture in order to avoid possible spills, which may cause permanent damage.
Avoid placing newspapers or magazines on the surface of your leather furniture as the inks may transfer on to the leather causing permanent damage.
Leather is not warrantied by the factory mills against wearing. Therefore, we do not warrant the wearing, color fastness (fade-ability) or durability of any fabric.
Other Important Warranty Information:
- All Clearance Merchandise is sold As Is, As Shown and has No Warranty.
- Workmanship on seams and attached buttons is warrantied for a period of one year from the date of delivery or pickup. This does not include defects due to moving, misuse, abuse, or animals. Furniture that has been placed in direct sunlight or has been treated with a chemical process (other than that applied by Cardi's Furniture,) and leather that have shrunk are not covered in this warranty.
- Frame and spring construction is warrantied for a period of one year from the date of delivery or pickup against defects in materials or workmanship such as defective frame parts, defective dowel joints, and any manufacturing defect resulting in defective metal springs. Seasonal cracks in frames, knot and wormholes, and differences in finish colors are all inherent characteristics of wood used in upholstered furniture and are not considered defects.
- Metal frames, legs, casters, reclining mechanisms, and sleep sofa mechanisms are warrantied for a period of 1 year from the date of delivery or pickup against defects such as loose linkage, rivets, and/or loose welds that inhibit the normal use of the item. Please realize that a certain degree of 'free play' is normal in most mechanisms and is not considered a defect.
- Sleep sofas are not designed or built for daily use as a bed. Usage beyond once or twice a week will cause your sleep sofa to wear out prematurely. Sleep sofa mattresses are warrantied for a period of one year from the date of pickup or delivery against defects such as: total loss of foam resiliency and seam slippage of mattress covers. Mattresses will become creased at fold lines and, as with cushion cores, these mattresses will compress and soften with use. These characteristics are not considered defects.
Understanding the Natural Markings of Leather
Graining - The grain, similar to human fingerprints, is unique to each individual hide. It is the hallmark of full grain leather hides and can vary from hide to hide or even within one particular hide.
Branding Marks - Brand marks, or fire brands, are used as identification marks and are part of virtually every hide.
Stretch Marks - Stretch marks occur as a result of giving birth and become a permanent marking on the cow.
Healed Scars - Scratch marks are the result of the cow’s non-sheltered life and evidence that the hide is indeed top grain. Hides with fewer scratch marks are usually more expensive, but the marks do not affect strength or durability. Typical healed scars include those caused by insect/tick bites and barbwire marks.
Insect/Tick Bites - Scars caused by the abundance of insect and/or tick bites. Typically, these scars heal but leave visible markings.
Fat Wrinkles - Wrinkles occur naturally in the loose skin around the neck and belly of all cows. The skin must be loose to allow the needed flexibility for grazing and overall growth.
Backbone - Natural furrows appear along the backbone of all hides due to the animal’s physiology.
Leather’s Tanning Process
What is Tanning - A process that uses tanning agents to convert a raw hide into a stable, non-perishable material. This is achieved by cleaning, drying, and preserving the hide. (See below for a more detailed look at the tanning process.)
Curing - The leather hide is cured by immersion in a salt solution to protect it from deterioration and to preserve it for future use.
Soaking - The leather hide is soaked in water to remove the salt solution and re-hydrate the hide to its original flaccid condition.
De-hairing - The soaked hides are treated with a lime solution for the de-hairing process. The lime solution not only removes the hair, but also fats and soluble proteins.
Tanning - Tanning involves drumming the hides in a mixture of chemicals. Two of the most common types of tanning include chromium tanning, which results in a wet blue appearance, and vegetable tanning.
Splitting - The average thickness of a cowhide is 5mm before splitting. The hides are split in a splitting machine which activates a fast running wire-cutter. This operation divides the hide into two hides: top grain leather and split leather. The top grain hides are then shaved on the flesh side to create a uniform thickness. Standard top grain upholstery leather thickness can be 0.9mm-1.4mm. Split leathers are typically used on non-stress areas, such as outside backs and outside arms.
Sorting - The hides are then sorted or separated by differing levels of quality. This quality is based on the extent of natural markings which could include ticks bites, brands, barb wire scars, and/or stretch marks. This process is called selection. The highest quality of leather hides are normally termed ?A? selection. ’B’ and ’C’ hides possess a higher number of natural markings, therefore reducing overall selection.
Dyeing - The leather hide is drum dyed. The dye concentration in the drum affects level of penetration into the hide, richness of shade, colorfastness to light, ease of dry cleaning, and resistance to rubbing, etc. The dyed leather is then treated with fat-liquors for softness and strength.
Drying - After the dyeing process, theleather hide can retain 45-60% water. Most upholstery leather is tunnel dried where the temperature and humidity are controlled. After the leather is dried, it dries to a paler shade as the oils spread uniformly and the dyes penetrate deeply.
Finishing - The finishing of a leather hide involves both mechanical and chemical treatments. The hide is first trimmed and conditioned with fat-liquors to obtain uniform moisture content. The hide is then softened with a massage machine and stretched. Some leathersare further processed by applying a top coat finish to the grain surface. The top coat adheres to the leather?s surface while increasing the resistance to abrasion, cracking, peeling, rubbing, light, heat, etc. A pigmented finish is sometimes applied which contains a variety of coloration’s, resins, lacquers, oils and/or waxes. Afterwards, the hide is milled in a dry drum to soften the leather. Note: leather can be finished a variety of ways depending on quality of hide, type of leather, and level of pigmentation.
Glossary of Terms
Aniline Dyed - Leather that has been dyed throughout by immersion in a dye-bath and has not received any coating of pigmented finish. This form of transparent dye penetrates the hide with color.
Buffing - Leatherwhich has been smoothed by mechanical abrasion to minimize surface blemishes, such as healed scars.
Chromium Tanning - Upholstery leatherwhich has been tanned with chromium salts. This method makes the hide flexible and supple.
Corrected Grain Leather - Leather from which the grain layer has been partially removed by buffing and upon which a new surface has been created by various finishes (e.g. embossing).
Crocking - The rubbing off of surface substances or color onto another material.
Crust - Leather that has been tanned, dyed, and dried, but not finished.
Distressed - Process used to create an effect resembling a worn look or an aged appearance. Techniques used to create this effect include tumbling the hides with abrasive items in order to scratch the leather’s surface.
Drum Dyed - Leather is immersed in a drum with dyes and tumbled to insure complete color absorption.
Embossing - Process of printing leather with a raised pattern either imitating or resembling an animal grain pattern. A unique pattern may be embossed on the leather that is unrelated to the natural grain pattern. Leathers are pressed with an embossing plate under heat and pressure to either lay out the grain as smoothly as possible or to impart a textured effect. Embossing may also be done to disguise defects or blemishes.
Fat Liquoring - Process of replacing oils that have been depleted from the hide during the tanning process.
Fat Wrinkle - Natural wrinkles in the leather?s grain that are unique to each hide. Normally visible only in full grain leathers. Common around the neck, belly, and shoulder areas of the hide.
Finishing - Any process performed after the initial dyeing stage such as buffing, embossing, milling, spraying, etc. These leathers are treated with a topcoat substance to help provide abrasion and stain resistance. These substances can be lacquers, varnishes, polymers, or enamels. The finishing substance may also include additional pigments and/or dyes
Full Grain - Leather which has not been buffed or abraded retaining all natural markings and characteristics.
Glazed - Leathertreated with a top coat containing not only gloss, but also protection.
Gloss Finish - Higher shine/sheen level finish usually with enhanced texture added.
Grain - Pattern characterized by the pores and peculiar to the animal concerned, visible on the outer surface of a hide after the hair has been removed.
Hand - Term describing the leather?s degree of softness and feel as well as the reaction of the sense of touch when leather is held in the hand.
Hand Antiqued - Hand application of a darker color over a lighter color creating a dramatic highlight.
Hide - The whole or entire skin of a larger animal, usually cattle, for upholstery leather.
Leather - A hide or skin that has been tanned into a non-perishable material.
Matte Finish - Low gloss finish usually with enhanced texture added.
Micro pigment - Coloring of the hide by using a coating which contains clear, transparent pigments. This coating can also be accompanied by a thin layer of opaque pigmentation creating a more uniform shade.
Milling/Tumbling - Process in which tanned hides are placed in drums with heat and water and tumbled to create a desired softness or effect.
Naked Leather - Tanned, aniline dyed leather that has no protective top coat. Commonly referred to as pure aniline.
Natural Grain - Leatherwhose grain has not been altered in any way. The natural appearance of the grain is predominant showing visibly healed scars, fat wrinkles, insect bites, etc.
Nubuck - Top grain, aniline dyed leather that has been buffed to create a suede-like nap effect.
Patina - Surface luster that develops on Pure Aniline Leathers and Nubuck Leathers which grows more beautiful with use and the passing of time.
Pigment Finish - Coloring of the hide by using a coating which contains pigments and other opaque materials. This finish creates a more uniform shade and an increased resistance to fading.
Pull-Up - Leatherthat derives its look and some colorations from dyes, waxes, and/or oils. When the leather is pulled during upholstering, the oils in the leather cause the color to migrate and become lighter.
Pure Aniline -Leather that is aniline dyed and exhibits natural markings and characteristics because the grain has not been altered in any way.
Sauvage / Kela - Two-toned effect in which a darker color is applied over a lighter color. This effect can be created during the finishing process either with a roller or spray equipment, or by hand. Similar to faux finishes on walls.
Semi-Aniline - Leather that has been aniline dyed throughout then protected by a clear or pigmented finish coating thus creating a more consistent color than pure aniline leathers. Natural markings may be visible with semi-anilineleathers .
Split Grain - The underneath layer of a hide which has been ?split? off when the top grain is separated. If finished, the split is heavily embossed and surfaced treated.
Suede - Leather produced from the underneath layer/lower split of a hide possessing a velvet-like nap effect. Suedes not have the same durable characteristics as top grain leathers.
Tanning - Process using tanning agents to convert a raw hide into a stable, non-perishable material. Tanning strips the hide of indigenous color making it receptive to color dyes.
Top Grain - Top part of the skin or hide. The grain may be either Full Grain or Embossed Grain. The Top Grain of the hide is h4er and more flexible.
Vegetable Tanning - Leatherwhich has been processed by using tannins obtained from bark, wood, or other parts of plants and trees. Although this tanning process adds to the toughness of leather, it also limits the stretching of the leather. Vegetable tanned leathers are used more commonly manufacturing shoes, bridles, handbags, etc.
Wet Blue - Refers to the blue color and appearance created by the chromium tanning process.
How do you wind it?
Cable-driven (wound) clocks need to be wound once a week with the crank that fits into the dial of the clock at the winding positions.
Chain-driven clocks are also wound once a week by pulling down on the chain and gently supporting each weight with your opposite hand as it is pulled up.
Note: Avoid contact with weights, as oils and chemicals can tarnish the weights, leaving marks. Be sure to use a soft towel or non abrasive glove when handling.
What does the moon dial do?
It takes 29 1/2 days (lunar month) for the moon to go around the earth.
This dial, once set, will keep track of the moon revolution
The full moon occurs on the 15th day
How accurate is it?
It can be as good as within a few minutes per month by adjusting the length of the pendulum.
Turn the screw on the bottom of the pendulum bob to adjust
To speed up, move it up
To speed down, move it down
Why are my weights going down at different speeds?
Each weight has a specific purpose. If you turn the chime off at any point, the weights will lower at different rates.
How do I maintain it?
It needs oil every 2-4 years
It should be professionally cleaned every 10 years
I don't think it is chiming anymore!
Don't worry. Odds are, you are just used to it. Try moving the hand, clockwise, manually by the hour and see if it chimes. (Also make sure that any nighttime feature is not enabled.)
Other Important Warranty Information:
Cardi's warrants clocks for a period of 1 year on structural defects.
Cardi's warrants clocks for a period of 1 year on mechanical defects.
This warranty does apply to regular merchandise and also floor models sold as is.
It does not apply to Clearance purchases.
Cardi's extended warranty is not available.
Contact our In-Home Service Department @ ext. 6 with any concerns you might have.
Wood products may have slight variances in color due to wood grain and natural characteristics of wood material.
Shrinkage and expansion of wood solids and veneers may occur with changes in temperature, humidity, and altitude. These natural characteristics of wood furniture products are not covered under warranty.
* This warranty does not apply to damage due to negligence, modification or other causes unrelated to defective material.
Wipe off anything spilled on marble immediately by blotting, as you would on a wood surface.Marble is a stone, but should not be treated as if it were indestructible. It is porous, and can easily stain. Acids found in citrus juice, soft drinks, and alcohol will damage marble, since it is alkaline in substance.
Avoid setting beverage glasses directly on marble as they can leave rings.
Avoid placing hot pots or serving dishes directly on your marble top.
Do not use abrasive cleaners on marble.
Use felt cushions under ceramics, lamps, and other objects that could scratch your marble. A quality carnuba wax is a good protectent/sealer for marble and travertine.
General Information:Proper care and maintenance will greatly enhance both the beauty and the life of a rug. Normal wear and tear, central heating and air conditioning, direct sunlight, household chemicals and other factors can potentially affect the overall appearance of your rug. Wool and wool products may cause an allergic reaction.
Do’s:Clean and maintain your rug regularly with either: a vacuum, though vacuum cleaners with extremely h4 beaters should be avoided as they may damage a rug's foundation; a carpet sweeper; a brush; or shake well. Clean spills immediately by blotting with a cloth or sponge. For major spills, professional rug cleaners and professional cleaning methods are recommended. Place padding beneath your rugs for your safety, for the protection of the rug and of underlying surfaces, and to prevent color transfer.
Dont’s:Do not use alkaline detergents. Do not place the rug in damp areas as dampness may cause deterioration of a rug. Do not overwet, dampen or moisten rugs with liquids. Do not place the rug near any heat or fire ignition sources. Do not fold the rug as folding may cause the backing to become brittle and deteriorate. Do not place your rug in direct sunlight for long periods of time as excessive exposure to direct sunlight can lead to fading. For rugs laid atop carpeting, do not conduct any cleaning and/or maintenance prior to removing the rug from the carpet and do not return the rug until completely dry as applying moisture to the rug while still on wall-to-wall carpet could cause colors in both the rug and carpeting to react to each other.
You might be uncomfortable on your new mattress until your body gets realigned and adjusts to a new mattress that is not worn out. Keep in mind it will also be more firm than the floor model. All mattresses will develop body impressions. This is normal. The plusher the mattress, the deeper the impression will be. Like a favorite pair of shoes, the conformance adds to the comfort. On average it takes between 21-60 nights to adjust to a new sleep surface. Many new mattressescontain Visco memory foam and latex. This will often emit a harmless non-toxic mild smell, which will dissipate within 7-14 days under most normal conditions. Airing out a room is one way to quicken this process.