We always get asked all kinds of questions regarding the care of our tables and chairs, especially the marble ones. So let us share some hints and tips in order to get the very best out of your beautiful Tulip Tables and Tulip Chairs and to get years of good service from them.
Carrara & Arabescato marble derives its name from the region in which it is quarried.
The beautiful Carrara natural stone is famous for its predominant white 'chalk-like' base laced with flashes in blue-grey and occasional brown. Carrara Marble is tough, more resilient, and less porous than some Marble which has made it one of choice when it comes to table, counter tops, for commercial or domestic use.
Arabescato also comes from the same Tuscan region as the Carrara but the top is distinctively busier with far more of the greyish patterns and flecks on the surface. As there are less natural sources for this elegant stone it is more expensive than Carrara but in return the buyer will get a top of eye wandering wonderment.
From the west coast of Italy comes the black Portoro Marble, known for its luxurious appearance with intrinsic patterns of gold and white embedded into the jet-black appearance of the base stone. The black marbles have more natural fissures than the Carrara and Arabescato due to the sheer number of natural veins.
Being stone sadly doesn't make it infallible. In fact, tables made of all known materials including wood, glass and even metal, will all go through a lot. Without due care and attention, tables of all materials can suffer from permanent or semi-permanent damage including 'hot rings', water staining, scratches, and erosion. So, what can we do to evade this?
We believe that the following ‘rules of thumb’ will provide you with the capacity to keep your table beautiful for years to come. All marble types give a natural elegance to any room and provides an instant centrepiece. With the right care, it could very well last a lifetime.
Here are the basics:
It is important to remember however that sealing alone will not be enough if the following is not adhered to. Sealing provides a barrier but it cannot withstand everything or spills left for a significant time period.
ok, so how do we go about keeping things in top shape, some of the answers to the questions below will certainly help you:
What cleaning products should I use on my marble table?
Don't use anything with bleach (including kitchen spray or oven cleaning) or anything with lemon or vinegars. Use only a mild soap and water, that is all you need unless you get a special marble cleaner like that given in the care pack. You can use a sponge if you need to clean the surface well.
Can you use waxing sprays or dust sprays (such as Mr Sheen)?
No, they are abrasive and can cause surface damage and they should not be necessary too.
How do we remove yellow staining?
This requires a little work but it works if you have managed to stain the table surface. Mix some baking soda with water until becomes paste like Then add to the stained area of the table and leave (covered by something not touching) for 24 hours. This will lift the stain and you can repeat it too for even more stubborn marks. This process works for yellowing too.
Can we use the marble outside?
Our tables are not made for outside use, generally different stone types are utilised and they are normally coated in a clear plastic resin.
Does marble scratch?
The answer is yes, just like any table surface including wood and metal. With marble however it is more something that happens over a prolonged period. The tops are almost like ice rinks and over a considerable amount of time (some years) they will gradually attain more and more 'skate marks' which are thin scratches almost not visible. Good news is that a marble refinisher can very easily polish and buff your tabletop. We estimate this only needs doing every 5 years however it depends on the usage and could be longer. You can buff tables at home if you have a polisher and the proficiency to do the work. Otherwise, local trades people and stonemasons can easily do this for you. Please note sealing does not protect against scratching.
Does marble fade in direct sunlight?
Yes, although it happens gradually and over a long period of time. Black and darker marbles are more susceptible to fading but direct sunlight isn't good for any furniture in the long term.
White topped tables are often the material of choice where light and space are highly important and where the reflective quality of the sheen enhances the environment of the room with the clean-cut feel of the white. Not only do they provide a very neutral appearance but they also offer the very best value too compared to those with natural stone.
Our white tables are constructed of wood, then paint sprayed with 3 layers of synthetic paint before being topped with a thin clearcoat to provide a measure of protection. This method is employed with modern tops as the fiberglass of the original tables has not been used since the 1980's due to environmental concerns.
The best advice is actually to follow everything that we have written about the marble table tops as virtually almost all the same rules apply. Avoid chemical cleaners, use mats and coasters where possible, mop up spillages and heavy colours quickly and clean from time to time with mild soap and water. Stains and rings are perhaps more susceptible with the white tops therefore diligence is the best action.
The construction of the Tulip Chair makes it easy to keep clean. The sheen of the chair tops are such that spillages can be easily wiped free from the gloss like surfaces and they do not stain easily. Like all furniture, it pays not to have the chairs sat in direct sunlight as this can reduce the life of the product by fading.
There are two parts of the Tulip Chair that require very infrequent maintenance. The first and most obvious is that of the Cushion. Our synthetic fabrics are chosen as they provide deep and rich colours, with beautiful soft textures, and with a durability and flexibility that can last. We recommended a soft brush for the removal of day to day crumbs and dust.They can be machine washed at low or delicate temperatures without the foam insert (removable via the zip). We don't recommend using the tumble drier however as they are better dried naturally. If you have access to one, a home handheld or professional steam cleaner is the most effective cleaning method for the cushions as they preserve the integrity of the fabric far better in the long term.
The second maintenance point of a Tulip Chair is the bearings. These may require intervention at very irregular time periods which could span to years. If you hear anything that resembles a squeak on the turning of the chair then it is likely time to apply a tiny amount of grease to the bearings. There are two sets of bearings which both to the top and the bottom of the base column that runs through the centre of the Aluminium stem. Undo the nut on the underside of the base (spanner or socket of size is required) and you will be able to remove the mechanism in order to access the bearings. You can use grease or buy a can of chain grease, found at all bicycle or automotive shops.