Caring For Wooden Furniture

Wood is a natural product, and therefore no two pieces are identical in terms of markings or knots. However, caring for your items is easy, and there are several ways you can make sure you prolong the life of your wooden furniture. Follow the tips below!

  • Do not place furniture near heat sources on air conditioning units.
  • Avoid changes in humidity & especially steam.
  • Always leave a gap behind wardrobes & wall units to allow air to circulate.
  • Protect furniture from strong or prolonged daylight.
  • Avoid marking furniture with sharp objects, for example when using a ballpoint pen.
  • Carefully lift your furniture, never drag or push it. Heavy furniture will leave indentations in carpets, and if dragged may leave markings on wooden flooring.
  • Do not rock backwards on dining chairs.
  • Always follow fitting instructions for wall-fixings, glass surfaces and shelves.
  • Uneven flooring can give the impression that doors of wall units and wardrobes are not aligned. Be aware of this & compensate if necessary by adjusting hinges or packing a corner to level the item.
  • Do not place hot dishes, cups or plates on any wooden surface. Use insulated mats for protection.
  • Don’t over-strain drop flap stays & hinges, or place heavy items onto glass shelves.
  • Take care not to drag crockery across the wood surface or to put heavy items on the surface without protection.

Always follow manufacturers cleaning guidelines to the letter.

Most lacquer or synthetic finishes on real wood give a semi-permanent barrier to make cleaning as easy as possible.

Assume all wooden furniture will not resist water, chemicals or heat.

Natural waxed finishes are porous & will stain easily.

Gently dust your furniture & polish with a soft, lint-free buffing cloth.

Regularly move ornaments & expose extension leaves to avoid noticeable colour differences from sunlight exposure.

Never use silicon or wax polishes that leave residue on surfaces.

Only use quality wax-free proprietary polish, & only where recommended by the manufacturer.

Disconnect any in-cabinet light fittings from the mains before changing bulbs.

Dining chair upholstery can be lightly hoovered or brushed to remove any dust.

Blot up anything that you spill immediately.

Do not try to wash or rub spills & do not use detergents under any circumstances.

Finger marks can be removed with a clean, slightly damp cloth.

Protect wood surfaces with felt under-cloths & place mats.

If you scratch any of your wooden furniture, the best idea is to employ a professional polisher. Contact us for details.


Caring For Your Carpets

Choosing a carpet from Glasswells is the natural choice for any home. Available in a huge selection of colours and patterns, they give added warmth and comfort to your room.
Once you’ve made the decision to enjoy all the qualities a carpet has to give, you need to be sure your investment is protected against everyday spills – let us help you in caring for your carpets.


The Staingard Carpet Protection Programme gives you the peace of mind that, if you accidentally spill something on your carpet and you can’t remove the stain yourself, one of our national team of professional carpet cleaners will come to your home and attempt to remove the stain for you. What’s more – if the spill can’t be cleaned, we’ll replace your carpet.
Staingard Carpet Protector is a highly advanced formula which is applied to your new carpet. It works by locking onto each carpet fibre to create an invisible, durable shield providing superb resistance to oil and water based spills and also wide ranging anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties.
This means stains caused by food and drink spills can be easily removed by simple methods even when dried in.
The Staingard Protection Programme gives you peace of mind that your investment is protected and backed by Staingard, one of the UK’s leading provider of carpet protection schemes.

5 years protection

Access to a dedicated telephone Claim Line open 24hrs a day

Replacements provided at the original value

Access to a nation wide network of professional technicians

No excess charge

  • Acids
  • Cosmetics
  • Shoe polish
  • Ink
  • Bleaches
  • Caustics
  • Corrosives
  • Paints
  • Superglue

  • Human/animal bodily fluids
  • Dyes & dye transfers
  • Coffee
  • Ketchup
  • Cola
  • All other food/drink stains

  • Commercial use
  • Deliberate staining
  • Abuse or neglect
  • Removal of odours
  • Wear & tear
  • Fading
  • Accumulated multiple stains

Obviously the best thing for your carpet is to be covered completely by Staingard & Glasswells, but there are some things you can do to keep your carpet looking new for longer.


To stop dirt being carried inside & on to your carpets, place a barrier such as a doormat in doorways. This removes the worst of the dirt, and if hoovered regularly, is very effective.

Shoes with a lot of grip (such as trainers) or with thin heels (like stilettos) can wear out a carpet. This is particularly noticeable in high traffic areas such as hallways and stairs. Reduce this wear by removing shoes when in the house.

Obviously this isn’t viable in every room, but if your space is big enough, moving furniture around will prevent deep indents in your carpet, and change the heavy traffic areas of the room. An alternative to this is to use rugs, which will take the brunt of the impact.

A massive part of increasing the life span of your carpet is to keep it clean. Hoovering is best done once a day, but a couple of times a week will greatly improve the cleanliness of your floor as well as remove dust from your home!
Once or twice a year, give your carpet a complete clean. Please check the manufacturers recommendations for your individual carpet before attempting anything yourself, or call in the professionals!