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Cleaning Care

To keep your Ambella Home piece looking its best for the test of time, we recommend the following care:

  • Don’t place your furniture in direct sunlight or under windows. The sun can cause fading or bleaching to the finish of the piece.
  • Keep furniture away from air vents, humidifiers and fireplaces. All can have drying and/or bleaching effects.
  • Keep your furniture in a temperature-controlled environment. Sharp changes in temperature or humidity will cause wood to expand or contract.
  • Use coasters under glasses and plants. Wipe up any spills or liquids promptly. Some liquids can dissolve finishes and will require professional repairs.
  • Never place anything hot onto a wooden surface as it can cause discoloration.

The proper cleaning and maintenance of your piece is also important. A variety of materials are used in the craftsmanship of our pieces. The following is our recommended cleaning method for each material to maintain its natural beauty.

CAPIZ SHELL INLAY

Clean with a damp cloth and a mixture of 1 oz. Murphy's Oil Soap to 24 oz. of water. Spray the Murphy's Oil Soap mixture on the cloth for cleaning. If a shine is desired, spray a clean, soft white cloth with Guardsman Furniture Polish.

COCO TREE BARK

Clean with a damp cloth and mixture of 1 oz. Murphy's Oil Soap to 24 oz. of water. Spray the mixture on the cloth for cleaning. If a shine is desired, spray a clean soft white cloth with Guardsman Furniture Polish and apply to surface.

ENGRAVED/ETCHED METAL

Clean with a soft, dry cloth.

FOSSIL STONE

Fossil stone is a natural stone quarried out of the mountains of the Philippines. It should be cleaned with a very mild soap. No hardening agents should be used. If over time your top has dulled from cleaning and use, it can be hand polished with Johnson's Shine Up™ to bring back the luster. Fossil stone is porous. A stone sealer can be used for added protection, but is not necessary.

GRANITE & MARBLE

Note: naturally occurring veins in the stone are part of the stone as quarried and are in no way considered a defect. Clean stone surfaces with a mild liquid dishwashing detergent and warm water. Use a soft cloth. Too much soap may leave a film and cause streaks. Do not use products that contain lemon, vinegar or other acids. Rinse the surface thoroughly after washing with the soap solution and dry with a soft cloth. Change the rinse water frequently. Do not use scouring powders or creams as these products contain abrasives that may scratch the surface.

HAND PAINTED FINISHES

Clean with a soft, dry cloth. Avoid using any solvents or cleaners as they may react with the paint applied to the piece.

IRON

Clean by using a soft dry cloth.

LEATHER INLAY

Leather should be dusted regularly with a slightly damp, soft cloth, and then rubbed with a dry, clean cloth until dry. If soil accumulates, clean with a Murphy’s Oil Soap and water mixture. (2 teaspoons Murphy’s Oil Soap to 20 oz. water) If your mixture leaves a film, lessen the amount of Murphy’s Oil Soap.

PENSHELL

Penshell is a mollusk indigenous to the tropical waters of the western pacific. Clean with a damp cloth and a mixture of 1 oz. Murphy's Oil Soap to 24 oz. of water. Spray the Murphy's Oil Soap mixture on the cloth for cleaning. If a shine is desired, spray a clean soft white cloth with Guardsman Furniture Polish.

RESIN

Clean with a lightly damp, soft cloth.

TRAVARTINE STONE

Clean with pH neutral products or those especially formulated for use on stone. Remove stains with special absorbent poultices formulated for use on stone. Renew the surface on polished stone by buffing with special stone polish powders or creams. Do Not use polish on tops with a matte finish. Avoid contact with chemicals, particularly acid-based materials.

UPHOLSTERY

Follow the care as specified for each fabric. Professional dry cleaning is generally recommended.

WOOD

Regularly clean and polish your wood furniture to prevent dust buildup and maintain the finish. Use Murphy's Oil Soap and water or any non-silicone furniture polish and wipe with clean, soft cloth. Always dust with the grain of the wood and not in a circular motion.