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Product Care & Maintenance

So now your beautiful piece of VAST furniture is home where it belongs – in your home. There’s going to be red wine glass stains on the dining table, chocolate wrappers down the back of the couch and that cup of tea that goes flying during an animated afternoon chin wag. There’s not much we can do about life’s little accidents… but the more love you show your furniture, the more it will love you back. Here are just a few guidelines, tips and tricks to ensure your furniture really does last… for a lifetime of memories.

 

Timber Care

Taking good care of your solid timber purchase will ensure its longevity. Because every piece of wood is unique, the beauty of handcrafted furniture is its individuality. Our signature timber furniture is handcrafted by skilled craftsmen in India using traditional wood working and construction techniques.

Although every Vast wood product is kiln dried, carefully treated and put through a meticulous two-tiered quality control process, involving sandblasting, sealing and a repetitive lacquer application process, they do require some care.

Hardwood is a natural material which reacts to its environment. Although our manufacturing process allows for normal swelling of the drawers and doors for instance, in extreme cases some household environments may cause more swelling than normal, particularly if placed near a heat source. If your piece is exposed to extreme temperatures in your home or interior space and split or scratch marks occur, these can easily be rectified with an appropriately coloured wax, wood filler or touch up pen.

Our exclusive Vast ranges are made from sustainable mango timber, salvaged redwood or recycled teak however various Vast stores also stock timber designs made from Acacia or Sheesham hardwood, please note the general care details for each wood type below.

Acacia

A fast growing, close grained, durable plantation timber derived from the wattle family. It has the ability to thrive in even the most arid environment. Acacia timber bares the scars of time. i.e. Wind cracks, various sized knots and hairline fractures, ensuring every piece has its own rustic grain pattern, colour and feel.

Birch

Birch wood is a commonly available hardwood grown worldwide and has a rippled or curved grain appearance. In terms of furniture use, it is strong and hard wearing, readily accepting stains and is easier to finish than other hardwoods.

Elm

Elm wood is valued for its interlocking grain and consequent resistance to splitting. It is a tough and durable wood though quite pliant and easy to work with. Elm's ruggedness makes it suitable for furniture frames, backs and legs though its beautiful grain lends it to other fine furniture.

Mahogany

Mahogany is a tropical hardwood timber, generally reddish-brown in appearance with a straight grain free of voids and pockets. It has excellent workability and is very durable making it perfect for furniture use.

Mango

Harvested from Mango plantations, only the older non-fruit baring trees are used for timber to make way for new younger trees. The very best wood from the old mango tree is then reborn into handcrafted furniture - the essence of sustainability.

Oak

Oak wood has great strength and hardness, and is very resistant to insect and fungal attack because of its high tannin content. It also has very appealing grain markings making it perfect for furniture use.

Sheesham

Also known as Indian Rosewood, Sheesham is becoming rarer, prized for its fast plantation growth reaching harvest size in only 10 years. It is greatly valued for its stunning depth of colour, innate strength and pure grain line.

Vast Care Factor– Acacia/ Birch/ Elm/ Mahogany/ Mango/ Oak/ Sheesham:

- Dust regularly with a clean cotton cloth
- Wipe up spills immediately so as not to cause lacquer to breakdown
- Clean regularly using Vast Interior recommended cleaning products
- Do not use cleaning products that contain silicone or concentrated chemicals
- Avoid placing your furniture near fire places, in direct sunlight or under heating/cooling vents
- Use a dehumidifier, or open bowl of water in the room to keep moisture in the air if the
above is unavoidable
- Do not leave hot items or ice cold items directly on the surface of the table as water marking may occur.

Reclaimed (Teak)

We collect recycled wood from various sources, such as old fishing boats & bridges, railway sleepers and traditional houses. Teak has a coarse texture and a colour which develops with age. Practically imperishable under cover, it has been known to last in temples for centuries.

Vast Care Factor:

- Dust regularly with a clean cotton cloth
- Wipe up spills immediately so as not to cause breakdown of the finish
- Clean regularly using Vast Interior recommended cleaning products
- For outside use we recommend a marine grade varnish (re-apply regularly)

 

Reclaimed (Redwood)

We collect recycled wood from various sources including railway sleepers and old buildings. Redwood timber originally comes from coniferous trees and is known for their low shrinkage rates, innate strength and stability.

Vast Care Factor:

- Dust regularly with a clean cotton cloth
- Wipe up spills immediately so as not to cause breakdown of the finish
- Clean regularly using Vast Interior recommended cleaning products
- Do not use cleaning products that contain silicone or concentrated chemicals
- Avoid placing your furniture near fire places, in direct sunlight or under heating/cooling vents
- Do not leave hot items or ice cold items directly on the surface of the table as water marking may occur.

 

Teak

Teak is a tropical hardwood with a coarse texture and a colour which develops with age. Native to South East Asia, teak is used extensively in furniture production. Its high oil content, strong tensile strength and tight grain makes it particularly suitable for outdoor.

Vast Care Factor:

- Dust regularly with a clean cotton cloth
- Wipe up spills immediately so as not to cause breakdown of the finish
- Clean regularly using Vast Interior recommended cleaning products
- Do not use cleaning products that contain silicone or concentrated chemicals
- Avoid placing your furniture near fire places, in direct sunlight or under heating/cooling vents
- Do not leave hot items or ice cold items directly on the surface of the table as water marking may occur.
- For outside use we recommend a marine grade varnish (re-apply regularly)

 

Upholstery Care

Although every Vast upholstery product is selected for is quality and design, they do require some care. Generally, the best rule to follow when caring for your upholstery is to follow specific care instructions relevant to the fabric. Here are some tips designed to keep your fabrics looking their best.

Cotton (100% Cotton)

Cotton is a natural fiber harvested from the cotton plant. The soft fluffy fibers are spun into yarn and knitted or woven into fabric which is soft, versatile, strong, easy to maintain and is a natural resource that is fully renewable.

Cotton Polyester Blend

Cotton Polyester blends can be versatile, as it most likely retains the coolness and lightness of the cotton fiber, but also adds the strength, durability and wrinkle-resistance of polyester.

Vast Care Factor – Cotton (100%)/Cotton Polyester Blend:

- Vacuum regularly using low suction
- Spot clean with dry-cleaning solvents
- Warm hand wash only
- Drip dry in shade without delay
- Avoid placing in direct sunlight
- Do not use household detergents, bleach, soap or water to clean this product
- If customers wish to apply a soil resistant treatment, only water-based soil resistant treatments should be used

Duvale (100% Polyester)

Duvale fabric is a type of polyester which belongs to a category of polymers commonly referred to as polyethylene terephthalate (PET). It is made using cationic dyes and a backing design which can provide specific advantages over natural fabrics, such as improved wrinkle resistance, durability and high colour retention.

Vast Care Factor:

- Vacuum regularly using low suction
- Spot clean with dry-cleaning solvents
- Warm hand wash only
- Drip dry in shade without delay
- Annual professional cleaning recommended
- Avoid placing in direct sunlight
- Do not use household detergents, bleach, soap or water to clean this product
- If customers wish to apply a soil resistant treatment, only water-based soil resistant treatments should be used

 

Bi-cast Leather (Split Leather)

Bi-cast leather (also known as bycast leather, split leather or leatherette) is produced from the lower split (or bottom layer) of leather with a layer of polyurethane applied to the surface and then embossed. The resulting product has an artificially consistent texture that is easy to clean and maintain without the price tag of Genuine Leather.

Genuine Leather

Our Genuine Leather refers to a group of real leathers which include full-grain, top-grain and corrected-grain leather. Genuine leather is made by tanning raw hides and is a strong and durable product, with a beautiful appearance and rich texture. Leather is a natural product and retains many natural markings which should not be deemed as imperfections but rather adds to the final products' uniqueness.

Vast Care Factor Bi-cast Leather/Genuine Leather:

- Clean regularly using a clean cotton cloth
- Use only recommended Bi-cast Leather Cleaners/ Leather Cleaners
- Do not use abrasive cleaning cloths
- Do not use water, solvents, acids or alkaline on this product
- Avoid placing in direct sunlight
- Protect from perspiration by immediately wiping areas with a clean cotton cloth
- Bi-Cast Leather ONLY - Special mention must be made that in locations with high humidity, this product may not be suitable
- Genuine Leather ONLY - Depending on the type of genuine leather, a specific leather conditioner may be applied to prolong use

 

Linen

Linen is a premium grade textile made from the fibers of a flax plant. It is notable for its exceptional durability, coolness and smooth texture. Linen has poor elasticity and does not spring back readily, explaining why it wrinkles so easily. Specific care instructions must be adhered to in order to best look after this fabric.

Vast Care Factor:

- Vacuum occasionally using low suction
- Spot clean with dry cleaning solvents as recommended by dry cleaner
- Professional Dry Clean Only
- Avoid placing in direct sunlight
- Do not use household detergent, bleach, soap or water to clean this product

 

Polyester (100% Polyester)

Polyester belongs to a category of polymers commonly referred to as polyethylene terephthalate (PET). It includes naturally occurring chemicals as well as synthetics woven to produce a wide variety of home furnishings.

Polyester fabrics can provide specific advantages over natural fabrics, such as improved wrinkle resistance, durability and high colour retention. Polyester also has superior water, wind and environmental resistance compared to natural fibers.

Vast Care Factor:

- Vacuum regularly using low suction
- Spot clean with dry-cleaning solvents
- Warm hand wash only
- Drip dry in shade without delay
- Annual professional cleaning recommended
- Avoid placing in direct sunlight
- Do not use household detergents, bleach, soap or water to clean this product
- If customers wish to apply a soil resistant treatment, only water-based soil resistant treatments should be used

 

Polyurethane (PU) / Vinyl

Polyurethane (PU) or Vinyl is a polyester fabric, coated with a bonding or adhesive agent and given an exterior polyvinyl chloride (PVC) coating. PU and vinyl fabric has great tensile strength, elongation, tear strength and dimensional stability.

Vast Care Factor:

- Clean regularly using a clean cotton cloth
- Use only recommended Vinyl Cleaners regularly
- Do not use abrasive cleaning cloths
- Do not use water, solvents, acids or alkaline to clean this product
- Avoid placing in direct sunlight

 

Velvet / Chenille

Velvet and Chenille are types of woven tufted fabric in which the cut threads are evenly distributed, with a short dense pile giving it a distinctive shiny, soft and luxurious feel. Both fabrics can be made from different types of fibers including silk, cotton, linen, mohair and wool.

Vast Care Factor:

- Vacuum occasionally using low suction
- Spot clean with dry cleaning solvents as recommended by dry cleaner
- Annual professional dry cleaning recommended
- Avoid placing in direct sunlight
- Do not use household detergent, bleach, soap or water to clean this product
- If customers wish to apply a soil resistant treatment, only water-based soil resistant treatments should be used

 

Natural Fiber Care

Abaca Weave (Banana Leaf)

Banana leaf rope comes from plant fibers, which belongs to the banana tree, hence the multiple names. The plant itself grows up to 3 meters tall or more and can be harvested every 2 years.

The harvesting begins with removing the semi dry outer layer of the banana tree trunk. Once removed, it is laid in the sun to dry by itself. Once dried, it is then stripped and twisted as a material in the form of ropes. The ropes are then used as weaving material or as binding around furniture frames.

Combination Weave (Combines Abaca & Sarang Buaya)

Abaca weave (banana leaf) is combined with a rattan species known as Sarang Buaya, this type of rattan material comes from the lush Indonesian forest of Kalimantan and Sumatra. Sarang Buaya rattan has a dark coffee - black - brown colour and is usually used as the uprights in a weaving structure and the Banana rope as the weaving material.

Kubu Rattan Weave

Kubu rattan is another species of Rattan that grows abundantly and wild in the lush Indonesian forests of Kalimantan, Sumatra and many other areas. It is white to beige in actual dried state and is further processed to be either used as weaving materials or as wicker core.

Wicker

Wicker is a hard woven fiber formed into a rigid material, commonly used for baskets and furniture. The wicker material can be derived from any part of a plant, such as the cores of cane or rattan stalks, or whole thicknesses of plants such as willow. Other natural origins include reed and bamboo.

Wicker as a product, is light yet sturdy, making it suitable for furniture that will be moved often. It is popular as outdoor patio furniture.

Vast Care Factor - Abaca Weave/ Combination Weave/ Kubu Rattan Weave/ Wicker:

- Vacuum on low suction over the fibers to remove built-up dust
- Wipe up any spills immediately using a clean cotton cloth
- Avoid placing product in direct sunlight as fiber colours will fade
- It is not recommended for these products to be in completely exposed areas - unless otherwise stated
- Do not use acids or alkaline on this products in cleaning
- It is recommended to annually apply a polyurethane, to re-adhere & strengthen fibers & prolong the product life

 

Care Products

Vast stores stock a wide range of Care Products that we call 'beauty enhancers' or may also be great for repairing and rejuvenating existing furniture. When it comes to product care, the most important tip we can give you is to always read the instructions on the box or bottle!

A word about safety: Care products are great for your furniture but some can be harmful or toxic if you don't use them properly. Make sure you carefully read and follow all the instructions and safety warnings on the packaging and keep them out of reach of children at all times.

 

Products for Timber Care

Furniture Wax

Helps timber resist marks from fingerprints and water. The wax nourishes and polishes the timber and prevents it from drying out. It can also help to hide minor scratches and marks. Its neutral colour suits all timber finishes and colours.

Beeswax Paste

Suits absorbent timbers such as pine or oak. This traditional wax both nourishes the wood and finishes the surface. Apply carefully to avoid excessive build up.

Steel Wool

Very fine grade steel wool is especially designed for applying wax finishes easily onto timber surfaces. It's also good for removing excessive wax build up without damaging the timber.

Spray Wax

For fuss-free cleaning, Spray Wax is ideal for the removal of dust particles on waxed or varnished furniture. It nourishes and moisturises the timber and is easy to apply.

Finishing Oils

These oils enhance the timber's natural characteristics and add a layer of protection from heat and stains. The Superior Danish Oil offers maximum protection and guards against UV damage.

* Finishing oils change the colour of timber - if you wet a patch of the timber it'll give you an idea of the colour change.

Ring Remover

Helps to remove most difficult water stains, white heat marks and fine surface scratches. Suits most types of varnishes and hard surfaces.

Tack Cloths

These lift dust and other particles from all surfaces and are ideal for use on all timbers and similar surfaces.

Retouch Crayons

Best used for filling and covering exterior scratches on finished wooden surfaces; available in a pack with three colour tones.

Timber Treatment Oil

Designed to enhance and protect the natural beauty of timber outdoor furniture.

Recommended Brands:
- Kair Furniture Company - Waxes & Sprays Range, Scratch Fix Pens, Coloured Waxes
- Multimaster Australia Pty Ltd
- Superior Care Products - Inca Waxes & Sprays Range, Scratch Fix Pens, Orange Oil & Promotional packs

 

Products for Upholstery Care

Bi Cast Leather

There is a range of Bi Cast leather care products available in stores now.

Recommended Brands:
- Multimaster Australia Pty Ltd

Fabric

It is recommended that you apply a Scotch Guard treatment to your new Fabric Dining Chairs & Sofas, this is available in store.

Recommended Brands:
- Eco-Shield (through Superior Care Products)
- Multimaster Australia Pty Ltd
- Texicote

*Products made from such fabrics as Linen, should only be professionally cleaned.

Leather

There is a range of leather care products to suit all types of leather we sell in store.

Recommended Brands:
- Eco-Shield (through Superior Care Products)
- Multimaster Australia Pty Ltd
- Texicote

Polyurethane (PU)/Vinyl

There is a range of Polyurethan (PU)/Vinyl care products available in stores now.

Recommended Brands:
- Alternate Textiles (Arco Spray Bottle)
- Multimaster Australia Pty Ltd

Surface Care

There is a range of surface care products available in stores now.

Recommended Brands:
- Slipstick
- Superior Care Products

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