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Furniture is an important investment. Taking care of your furniture will help protect it and allow you to enjoy your investment for many years.


It is important to flip upholstery cushions regularly to reduce “welt creep” (the bending of the piping around the edge of a cushion), prevents rounding of square edges, reduces body impressions and evens out wear, fading and soiling.
  • Do not clean cushion covers or pillows separately since it may cause fading in color.
  • Avoid fires by not smoking when drowsy, and removing lighted cigarettes or glowing embers immediately from furniture.

Sofa Sleepers

  • Lift straight up when opening a sleeper sofa to avoid back strain.
  • Tie down the mechanism (with the skirt up to avoid wrinkles) when moving.
  • Remove plastic mattress cover.
  • Remove thick blankets and quilts to avoid stress on the mechanism when storing the sleeper portion of the sofa.
  • Be cautious of the locking bar when closing the sleeper to avoid pinching fingers and clothing.
  • When vacuuming raise the sleeper sofa high enough to avoid dropping on your feet. Do not tilt or raise the sofa when a small child is in the room.
  • Sleeper mattresses are not intended to be flipped – they are already hinged to the frame.

Wood Furniture

  • Dining room and dinette table leaves should always be stored flat to prevent warping (under a bed is ideal) in storage bags.
  • Do not store table leaves in a hot closet or a damp basement.
  • Fine wood furniture has natural markings such as grain and color variations, as well as pits, scars and distressing. These are natural traits and give real wood its warmth and richness.


  • Dust can scratch furniture’s surface if it is not removed properly.
  • Always use a soft, clean cloth moistened with a polish wiping in a circular motion to avoid scratching and loosen old polish.
  • Spray polish directly onto furniture, and for wood trim spray the cloth first then dust.
  • To get optimum shine and smudge-free finish buff completely.
  • Change your dusting cloths frequently to avoid minute scratches caused by the dust on your cloth.
  • Consistent use of the same polish will avoid a cloudy appearance or streaking that comes from the combined use of oil based and wax based finishes.
  • Never use soap and/water on furniture, the water can get underneath the finish and cause damage by raising the wood grain.
  • Avoid direct sunlight on your furniture by closing window treatments during the day and rotating furniture arrangement within the room.
  • Remove all liquid spills immediately after they occur by blotting (not rubbing) the surface gently.
  • Use saucers and coasters under glassware, saucers, vases and flower pots to avoid spills and liquid stains.
  • Using protective padding and trivets under hot dishes, heated appliances and utensils will avoid white spots in the wood that can be caused by the chemical change from the heat source.
  • Keep the humidity within your home constant (between 25-40% is recommended) by using humidifiers in the winter and air conditioners in the summer. This will help avoid warping, cracking and splitting of wood furniture.


  • You may experience an adjustment period as you get used to your new mattress set.
  • It’s important for the longevity and comfort that you experienced in the showroom to use a box spring designed for your mattress, and use a strong, solid foundation for your mattress set such as a metal frame or bed base.
  • Today’s mattresses are manufactured so that you do not need to “flip” them. However, you may wish to rotate it to avoid natural body impressions in comfort-top type mattress sets.
  • Your mattress set will be the piece of furniture used most often in your home. Plymouth Furniture & Bedding Showrooms carry Mattress Protectors to protect against liquids and dust mites.

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