May 5, 2022

Material Care and Maintenance

While we always take into consideration in our design approach whether performance materials are necessary, we understand that sometimes spaces need just a little extra care. Also, we know that when your home is finally finished and beautiful, you want to keep it beautiful too. Below we have listed all of our favorite ways to take care of each material you may have in your home. Honorable mention: Folex(Best cleaner ever!–can purchase on Amazon or any home improvement store)


  • Folex: used for spot cleaning
    • Spray on your stain and gently rub out
  • 2 part water, 1 part bleach solution mixed in a spray bottle used for spot cleaning
  • Dry magic eraser to get out surface dirt
  • Velvet: use a wire brush and steamer for any crushing
  • Velvet: lint roll frequently to keep its solid appearance


  • Use leather conditioner every 2-3 months if leather starts to look dull(should only be used on real leather)
  • Suede like leather: use sandpaper to buff out surface marks

Wood Furniture:

  • Use a mild non-abrasive soap such as blue dawn or ivory soap and water for standard cleaning
  • Lightly dust with a soft, dry cloth or swiffer
  • Use coasters and placemats under glasses and dishes to prevent ring marks
  • Mop up spills quickly with a wet cloth


  • No water or liquid on viscose or silk(will stain and ruin the rug)
  • Wool rugs should be rotated every 3-4 months
  • Silk rugs should be rotated every 2-4 months
  • Viscose rugs should be rotated every 2-3 months
  • If a wool rug starts to snag, clip with scissors–do not pull threads


  • Some marble tables are sealed, however, they are still porous by nature and can be stained, scratched, or chipped. 
  • Blot spills immediately and rinse with a clean, damp cloth.
  • Use coasters and placemats under glasses and dishes to prevent ring marks.
  • Do not place hot items directly on the material.
  • Use runners or felt pads under any hard objects that will be sitting on the table, to prevent scratching the surface. 
  • Do not use chemical cleaners, dusting sprays, abrasive cleaners, or furniture polish. Do not use any cleaners with lemon, vinegar or other acids
  • To dust, use a soft, dry cloth.

For any other cleaning tips and tricks, reach out to us via email at swelldecordesign@gmail.com and we would be happy to walk you through.

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