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Tuesday
13/30/2008

1:12 pm

Furniture Care – Wood Surfaces

*Before trying any of the suggestions below, try if first on a very discrete part of the table to ensure that it does not ruin or discolor the finish.*

Here are some suggestions:
How to Use It: First remove any surface dust or grit by dusting with a soft, lightly damp cloth. Then use a dry soft cloth to apply the Wood Cleaner (whichever one you choose). If the substance on your table is oil soluble, you can use lemon oil on a soft rag and rub until the sticky area dissolves and is cleaned away. Finish by cleaning the entire table top with lemon oil and wiping it well to clean off the excess.

You might also try Murphy’s Oil Soap (a liquid just for cleaning wood.) It does an excellent job.

If the wood has damaged areas such as light scratches or water damaged areas, apply a heavier coat of the Wood Cleaner and wait till the next day to remove.

Treat cabinets and finished furniture twice a year. Furniture like oak coffee tables that have a tung oil finish should be treated three times a year for long, beautiful life.

Friday
16/05/2008

4:12 pm

Care Tips for Leather

How to Keep Your Leather Furniture Looking Great

The care and upkeep of your leather furniture is extremely important to ensure a long lifespan and timeless look. Proper maintenance can dramatically increase the number of years that you will have to enjoy your leather, while also improving the overall feel and appearance of the piece.

If you happen to rip, tear, burn or scratch your leather furniture, it can be repaired rather easily by a professional leather technician. In most cases, leather can be repaired so effectively that you won’t be able to see where the original damage was. Should you find yourself in a situation where you need your leather repaired, you should consult with a professional because different types of leather will require different techniques for repair.

  • Stains and Scratches
  • Oil Stains
  • Chemical Cleaners to Avoid
  • Leather Aging
  • Quick Leather Do’s and Don’ts


    Stains & Scratches

    If you spill on your leather, blot the excess liquid as soon as possible with a clean absorbent cloth. Always remember to wipe the spot from the outer edge of the spill to its center to prevent cleaning rings. If necessary, gently wipe the spot with a clean cloth and lukewarm distilled water. Dry it by blotting the spot with a clean towel and then allowing it to air dry.

    If the stain persists, use distilled water solution, make sure not to saturate the leather and do not rub the spot. Dry any excess moisture with a clean cloth by blotting it until the cloth comes back dry, and then let the spot air dry. Make sure you test this cleaning method on an inconspicuous place prior to cleaning the stain to make sure your leather is colorfast. Never allow spills to set, as moisture can cause discoloration of the leather.

    Scratches on your leather may also occur, especially if you have a pet. If there are surface scratches, they can be rubbed gently with your fingertips. The warmth of your hand releases natural oils that help marks disappear. If the scratches appear to be deeper or your leather is punctured, call a leather specialist.

    Oil Stains

    In the event that your leather is accidentally stained by oils, butter or grease, do not use water! Blot the spill with a dry clean cloth until the towel comes back dry. Leave the spot alone for a day or so, allowing the stain to “cure.” Often the oil will dissipate into the leather and become unnoticeable. If the stain is still visible, call a leather technician and have it professionally evaluated. You should also call a leather specialist if you find a newspaper or ballpoint ink stain. Both of these products have some aniline dye in the ink formula, and if left alone may dye the leather.

    Chemical Cleaners to Avoid

    Avoid using abrasive cleaners, furniture polish, varnish, detergents, and alcohol-based or ammonia-based products because they can discolor or possibly even damage the leather. Also never use saddle soaps or mink oil. Oil-based cleaning products can stretch the leather near the seams and pull it away from the stitching; it can also discolor the leather as well. During the tanning process the leather has been permanently preserved, making it unnecessary to maintain it with a lot of products. It only needs the simple cleaning that is recommended.

    Leather Aging

    It is best to refrain from placing leather goods too close to windows or other places where they will be in direct sunlight, as natural leather may fade under extensive exposure. Also, do not place your leather furniture any closer than two feet away from a radiator or similar heat source, as direct heat may also cause damage.

    Sometimes the patina that aniline leather acquires can be confused with a defect in the leather. Over time your leather will develop a luster or shine which will enhance the natural beauty of the leather. This is a natural process that adds to the value of your furniture and cannot be prevented.

    The key to maintaining beautiful leather is proper care and conditioning. While all furniture ages with time, neglect and harsh conditions are the primary causes of damage and deterioration of leather goods. By following the steps above, and by taking care of your furniture, you can go a long way to extending the life and beauty of your valuable leather furniture.

    Quick Leather Do’s and Don’ts

    Here are some quick helpful hints for maintaining your leather furniture:

    DO DON’T
  • Test any leather spray on a hidden area
  • Use soap on leather
  • Dust leather weekly
  • Soak with water
  • Vacuum leather to keep pores clean
  • Clean with furniture polishes or oils
  • Use “spot cleaning” method
  • Use cleaning solvents or abrasive cleaners
  • Taking care of your leather furniture does not have to be a major chore. With these helpful hints, and general up-keeping, your leather furniture will look as great as the day you bought it.

  • Friday
    16/05/2008

    4:12 pm

    Care Tips for Upholstered Furniture

    How to Keep Your Upholstered Furniture Looking Great

    How to Maintain Your Upholstered Furniture

    It can be difficult to keep your furniture looking like new. In order to prolong the life of your upholstered furniture, regular care is essential. Without it, the upholstery will begin to wear and tear, giving it an old, discolored look. There are a few methods of cleaning that can be done regularly and are relatively effortless.

  • Topical Stain Protector
  • Vacuuming and Light Brushing
  • Rotate Your Furniture
  • Cleaning Stains
  • Repairing Upholstered Furniture
    Topical Stain Protector

    Often times it can be helpful to apply a topical stain protector to your furniture before using it. Stain protectors will help repel spills, block stains, and resist soils to keep your furniture looking newer, longer. These protectors will eventually wear off so it is a good idea to reapply every few years. However, be aware that these protectors do not and should not substitute regular care. Be sure to contact the manufacturer of your furniture for the correct recommended stain protector.

    Vacuuming and Light Brushing

    Daily vacuuming or light brushing will remove tiny particles of dust, food and dirt that often times go unnoticed. This dirt can cause substantial damage to your furniture in the long run if it is not removed. These methods of cleaning will prevent dirt from setting in between the fibers in your furniture. For extra care, try placing a piece of screen over your vacuum nozzle. This will prevent snags and tears in the fabric.

    Rotate Your Furniture

    Rotating your seat cushions can prevent excessive build up from settling on the fabric. If the cushion is reversible, turn them over periodically. This will prevent sagging and distribute wear evenly.

    Direct sunlight can cause fading and discoloration on upholstered fabrics. Try and keep your furniture as far away from sunlight as possible. If not, rearrange your furniture frequently to avoid patches of fading.

    Avoid placing items such as newspapers, paints, inks, nail polish and nail polish remover on or around the furniture. These items can cause discolorations and stains to form if they come in contact with your furniture. In addition, some dark colored throws and blankets should not be used on light bodied sofas, as they can transfer color when wet.

    Cleaning Stains


    Time is of the essence when it comes to cleaning upholstered furniture. The longer a stain remains on the upholstery the harder it is to remove, so act fast! Also, always test an area on your furniture that is not visible to make sure it will not discolor or destroy the fabric.

    The first thing to do before cleaning any piece of furniture is to check the manufacturer’s label for instructions on cleaning and/or the cleaning code. Fabric cleaning codes go as follows:


    After it is understood which cleaning agent would be best for your particular type of upholstery, there are a few things you should keep in mind when trying to remove a spot, stain or spill.

    Liquid spills should be absorbed immediately to avoid a bigger problem. Take a dry white absorbent cloth or paper towel and always work from the outer edge towards the center of the stain to avoid spreading. Rub the stain in a circular motion, but not too hard as this could cause the fabric to snag and ruin. It is better to blot than to scrub. If the spill consists of solids such as jelly or butter, scoop up the excess with a soft edge spoon. Be sure not to let stains dry before cleaning.

    After the excess liquid and solids are lifted off the furniture, apply the cleaning agent. Keep in mind some fabric codes prohibit the use of any cleaning agents. Use a white towel to apply the liquid and be sure to not over-saturate the fabric. Using a colored towel could discolor the fabric and create a bigger stain. Blot the towel over the stain with cleaning agent and continue by using different parts of the towel until the entire stain is absorbed. After the stain has been rubbed out of the upholstery, pat the area dry, and use a blow dryer on a low/cool setting or an area fan.

    It is important to remember that the cushion covers should never be removed and put into the wash or sent to the dry-cleaner, even if there are zippers on the cushions (unless otherwise specified by the manufacturer). Doing so could result in covers that no longer fit or become discolored. Always contact your manufacturer if you are unsure about the correct cleaning code for your fabric.

    Repairing Upholstered Furniture

    Patching a Tear in Fabric or Vinyl:

  • Insert an iron-on patch through the tear so that the adhesive side contacts the back side of the torn fabric.
  • Iron one side of the tear until the patch sticks firmly to the back of the cloth on that side.
  • Adjust the torn spot for smoothness over the other side of the patch.
  • Iron the second half of the patch, moving the iron toward the tear.
  • If necessary, you can apply fabric adhesive to the tear for a stronger bond.
    Patching a Hole in Fabric or Vinyl:
  • Locate and remove a piece of excess material from a hidden area of the furniture that is large enough to cover the hole.
  • Trim the upholstery to match the hole and surrounding pattern.
  • Apply an iron-on patch or apply adhesive to the back of the damaged area.
  • Use fabric adhesive or a small iron-on patch to install the material patch in the hole.
  • Allow the adhesive to fully dry before use. In both cases, make sure that your iron is set to the correct temperature for the type of fabric that your furniture is upholstered with. Cleaning your furniture does not have to be a major chore. With these helpful hints, and general up-keeping, your furniture will look as great as the day you bought it.
  • Thursday
    9/08/2008

    9:05 am

    A Blender?

    This is an idea we kicked around for a while before we decided to go ahead and put it on the site. Basically it came down to this…we sell the best products at the best prices. Witnessing this bad boy in action gave me no choice. Now that I own one, I can’t believe everyone doesn’t. Rather than me pitching you on the product…I will let you judge for yourself!


    Monday
    16/17/2008

    4:03 pm

    What kind of wood is the furniture made of?

    Wood is very important to determine the quality and durability of your furniture.  We use pine, hevea maple, and other exotic Asian hardwoods in our wood products. On our veneers, we use birch, oak, cherry, rosewood, and other hardwoods to achieve desired patterns and effects.

    What is hevea maple you might ask? Hevea is more commonly called Rubberwood.

    Rubberwood is wood from the Pará rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis), often called the rubber tree. Rubberwood, also called parawood in Thailand, is used in high-end furniture as it is valued for its dense grain, attractive colour, minimal shrinkage, and acceptance of different finishes. It is also prized as an “environmentally friendly” wood, as it makes use of trees that have been cut down at the end of their latex-producing cycle.

    Rubberwood is often misunderstood as a species of wood utilized in the furniture industry. The name of rubberwood itself invokes a variety of misconceptions as to its features and to its durability. It is one of the more durable hardwood lumbers used in the manufacturing of home furnishings of this decade. A member of the maple family, rubberwood has a dense grain character that is easily controlled in the kiln drying process. Rubberwood has very little shrinkage making it one of the more stable construction materials available for furniture manufacturing. Rubberwood lumber takes easily many different types and colors of wood finishes such that rubberwood as used in furniture can mimic rosewood, or oak or other more expensive lumbers creating confusion in the identification of the type of wood used in the furniture.

    Like many maples, rubberwood is also a sap producing species, producing specifically rubber. After the useful economic lifespan of rubber tapping, the older practice was to burn the “useless” tree. As a “Sustainabilitymarketing feature, rubberwood is the most ecologically “friendly” lumber used in today’s furniture industry. Unlike other woods that are cut down for the sole purpose of producing furniture, rubberwood is used only after it completes its latex producing cycle and dies. This wood is therefore eco-friendly in the sense that we are now using what was going as waste.

    Now you can buy your furniture and be green all at the same time. Just another benefit from buying from FiveStarSource.com!

    Friday
    16/29/2008

    4:02 pm

    Posting the sticker to Blogger & Blogspot

    Due to the high demand of people that want to post the Five Star Source sticker on their blogs, I have provided a step by step instruction guide. Thanks for posting the sticker!

    Step #1 -Login to your account.

    Step #2 – Click on “Layout” under the manage settings:

    Step #3 – Click on “Add Page Element” at the top:

    Step #4 – Find the HTML/JavaScript and click “Add to Blog”:

    Step #5 – Paste the code and add whatever title you would like:

    Here is the code again for reference (copy and paste all the code):

    <a href="http://fivestarsource.com">
    <img alt="Affordable Furniture at Five Star Source.com"
    src="http://fivestarsource.com/images/sticker.gif"/> </a>

    Step #6 – Click “Save Changes” and check out your cool, hip new sticker!

    Affordable Furniture at Five Star Source.com

    Thanks for Posting! All your friends will now love your for saving them $$$!

    Thursday
    16/28/2008

    4:02 pm

    Didn’t your mother teach you to SHARE?!

    Sharing is a great part of Life! We know how it feels to have really nice furniture. It is fun to have people walk into your home or office and say “Wow, where did you get that?” There is your chance to make you mother proud – share! Don’t worry, they will like you more when you tell them they can be cool too!

    Affordable Furniture - FiveStarSource.com

    Post this on your blog or anywhere else you would like. Here is some free code (copy and paste everything below):

    <a href="http://fivestarsource.com">
    <img alt="Affordable Furniture at FiveStarSource.com"
    src="http://fivestarsource.com/images/sticker.gif"/> </a>
    Wednesday
    22/27/2008

    10:02 pm

    2-3 Day Shipping…Not 4-6 Weeks!

    Just like little kids at Christmas, we know that when you buy the furniture of your dreams (at a price you could have never dreamed of) you want it immediately. We are here to tell you, we understand.

    Unlike most furniture dealers, when you order from Five Star Source, we are going to get it to you as soon as possible. In most cases that means surely less than 5 business days,  but more likely 3. If you live on the west coast, it could be 2 days. Let me say that again in case you missed it…ordered, paid for, shipped, and to your door in 2-5 days!!

    We don’t want to keep you up all night dreaming of sitting on your new couch or sleeping in your new, more comfortable bed. We want you to have it fast. We have an incredible freight partner that works as hard as we do so that everybody is happy.

    In simple 1,2,3 form, this is how it works:

    1. You place the order and pay for it.
    2. We pull it from the warehouse
    3. The freight truck loads your boxes and whisks it away to your location.
    4. You receive a phone call from our friendly staff coordinating a delivery time (ensuring that someone will be available to receive your purchase)
    5. They arrive at your door and unload the merchandise.
    6. You set it up and enjoy!

    Let me quickly explain shipping costs, we NEVER mark up our shipping. Due to our high volume of shipping, we have incredible rates. Lucky for you, we pass those directly on to our customers. We don’t include shipping in our prices so that we can save you even more. If you have never shipped anything really large, the shipping prices might look kind of high, don’t be alarmed, even after paying the shipping charges, you are still saving a lot of money. If you don’t believe us, your local furniture dealer will buy you lunch. Go visit them this weekend and find out how much we are saving you!

    Saturday
    16/23/2008

    4:02 pm

    Is this for real?

    Is this for real? I get that question a lot when people visit our site.

    Let me answer the question as openly and candid as possible – all while maintaining a large grin.

    A true story will probably do the best job. A week ago, my wife and I buckled our kids in the car and headed down to some local furniture stores. We have a couple really nice stores where we live that are enormous. We walked in and were greeted by about 2-3 very excited and energetic sales people. They of course are very helpful. We gave them the standard, “we are just browsing” statement and began our journey.

    I love to walk around these furniture stores for a couple of reasons:

    1. I get to see all the furniture that we sell

    2. My kids get to eat all the hot dogs, soda, cookies, and popcorn they want.

    3. I realize how astronomically high their prices are and how much money we are saving our customers.

    When he have finally made our way around the store, my kids are fed, and they are done playing all the video games they want while hanging out in the “kid area,” we stiff arm our way through the sales people and make our way back outside – without buying or charging one thing.

    Now the realization and answer to the above question is crystal clear – cut out the video games, soda, cookies, hotdogs, popcorn, sales people, retail space, light and heating/air condition bills and all else that goes into running a furniture store and you have your answer.

    Very small overhead and selling online = LOTS of $$$$$$$$ in your, the customers pocket.

    Simply put, it is possible! Furniture Stores margins are insane because they have to be. At Five Star Source, to get a great deal you don’t have to have a friend who has a friend who knows this guy to get a great deal. Our prices are crazy low everyday and will continue to be low.

    We can’t offer you all the soda and hotdogs that you want but we can offer to keep your wallet fatter. We do it everyday and will continue to do it as long as the internet exists (you be the judge of how long that will be).