Many thanks for buying your furniture from Bringy Furniture
We trust your items will give you satisfaction for many years to come. With a little care and attention your furniture can last a life time and we would like to offer the following simple hints as a guide to its upkeep and maintenance.
Choose a position for your furniture which is not too close to a heat source, such as a radiator or fire.
Sometimes, when first delivered, drawers and doors on your furniture may be a little ‘sticky’ or bind slightly in their action. Do not panic. Almost invariably, this will be due to a slight swelling of the timber as excess moisture from the atmosphere can be occasionally be picked up in storage and transit. Once settled into your home environment for seven to fourteen days, any such difficulties almost always resolve themselves naturally. If after fourteen days you are still experiencing difficulties, please contact us and we will find a suitable remedy for your problem.
The occasional application of furniture polish or candle wax to drawer runners will assist in their smooth action.
Most floors in homes are uneven, whether it is due to floor boards, chipboard flooring, ceramic tiles, carpet grippers etc. This is normally of little or no consequence except for items that have doors e.g. sideboards, wardrobes etc. Uneven floors sometimes ‘throw’ the carcases of these units out very slightly resulting in doors in particular appearing to be slightly misaligned (often visible at the top of the doors where they do not align exactly). Fear not, it is easily remedied! It will be necessary to put a little packing under a foot of your unit (hardboard, business cards or similar are ideal for this), thereby levelling the unit and Hey Presto, the doors come back in to alignment.
Hot dishes, plates or cups should never be placed directly on to wooden surfaces. Always use place mats and coasters for protection. Any spills that may occur should be mopped up immediately and any residual dampness removed with a tea towel. Liquid spills left unattended for long periods of time can cause damage, particularly red wine or other alcoholic delights! Lacquered furniture, in our opinion (and absolutely contrary to what some national retailers may say) does NOT need to be waxed on receipt and regularly thereafter. After all, the whole point of lacquer is to effectively seal the wood and make it easy maintenance. So, dust it when you fancy and if you are very house proud, an occasional application of a good quality aerosol polish to maintain its gentle sheen will do it no harm at all. Sticky, grimy marks can normally be removed easily with a dish cloth, slightly damp having been wrung out before applying to the furniture. Make sure you remove any residual dampness immediately after with a tea towel. For really stubborn marks (like felt tip from the kids), these can often be removed using Methylated Spirits (NOT white spirit).
Oiled furniture benefits from the very occasional application of products like Danish furniture oil (we sell this). This oil helps to feed the furniture and put back the natural oil present in wood that can gradually be lost in centrally heated homes. It is best applied sparingly with a lint free cloth and worked in over the whole area in a quick action. We tend to leave it on for a few minutes to feed the wood and then give it another wipe afterwards to remove any surplus. This is NOT a major job and we do it in our showroom on a very rare basis, it is very quick and easy. If you fancy, it may be a good idea to test a little area on a non visible part of your unit beforehand to get a feel on how to do it.
A few of our more rustic ranges are sealed with a lacquer and are then finished with a waxed top coat. This top coat of wax can be maintained by the occasional application of a good quality bees wax polish (we sell this too!). Rather like an oiled product, the wax should be applied sparingly by a lint free cloth and then buffed gently to maintain the gentle sheen. We also sell furniture cleaner that is excellent for removing built up grime and wax that may accumulate over the years (please re wax your furniture after using this product).
Beds are normally supplied ready for self assembly. This is to make access up stairs and through landings easier. We can assemble the bed for you but this will carry a surcharge. After installation, it may be necessary to re-tighten the bed fittings after a few weeks. Beds occasionally ‘settle down’ in the home environment and by re-tightening it, you will remove any looseness or play. Once done for the first time, your bed should be as ‘good as gold’ thereafter.
Upon unpacking the furniture, it may appear a little paler than you may have envisaged. Don’t worry, after a few weeks, all furniture starts to mellow a little as exposure to sunlight brings out the natural hues and beautiful tones of the wood.
Lacquered furniture, when unpacked, may have a very light odour (from the finishing process) but this rapidly dissipates.
Laminate and wooden floors are very popular in the home. They are lovely to look at but often much easier to damage. Standard industry practice is to fit transit strips on the bottom of furniture to reduce the possibility of the item being damaged during delivery. Occasionally, the bottoms of these transit strips are quite rough. We recommend that it would be sensible for customers with wooden or laminate floors to purchase ‘Sliderz’ or a similar product on the internet as this will make the moving of your furniture in the future far easier and will greatly reduce the likelihood of you damaging your lovely floor.
All wooden furniture is made from strips of timber (called laminates), bonded (glued) together under great pressure to make large panels from which the furniture is made. This process is followed in particular to make the wood more stable in the home environment and less susceptible to twisting or warping. As a result of this, each piece of timber has its own natural grain and knot characteristics. When stained and finished, these characteristics are highlighted, giving each piece its own unique look and appearance, thereby making wood so visually and aesthetically appealing.