A fitted wardrobe is a long-term investment, and you will most likely use it for a long time, probably as long as you are staying in the same house. So, the question of maintenance will be an important one, as you will probably want to keep your bespoke wardrobe in a mint condition for as long as you can.
Here, we will share a few maintenance and care tips you can use for fitted wardrobes made by London Bespoke Interiors, we will also discuss several different materials and their specific maintenance tips.
First, let us discuss the general care methods for any fitted wardrobe.
General Maintenance Tips
- Maintain a regular cleaning schedule to clean all units, this might seem obvious but neglected by many
- If there’s any liquid spillage on the furniture surfaces, wipe it immediately
- Avoid leaving drawers, shelves, or doors longer than required. Not only this can lead to accidental damages, you might also injure yourself or others
- Avoid heat damage by not putting any heated electrical equipment, cigarette ashtray, etc. If this is absolutely necessary, use protective mats
- Don’t overload the wardrobe,drawers,or shelves beyond their capacity
Furniture Surfaces Care Tips
For most regular stains, you can wipe the surface with a slightly dampened cloth. If necessary, you can mix a mild detergent with water. For a more persistent stain, avoid using scouring powders, but you can use a mild abrasive cleaner.
The most common causes of permanent surface damages are excessive moisture or heat. So, as mentioned above, avoid any heated equipment, ashtray, or other heat sources over the fitted wardrobe surfaces. Use protective mats or glass tops if necessary. Avoid liquid spillages immediately until it is completely dry.
Maintaining The Interior
To take care of your fitted wardrobe interior, you can brush out any dust and dirt with a silicone furniture polish. Alternatively, you can use a slightly dampened cloth by mixing water with a mild detergent. Avoid abrasive cleaning solutions and don’t use excessive water. For most cases, a soft dry duster is enough to do the job.
Maintaining Hand-Painted Surfaces
For hand-painted surfaces, the main cleaning method should be using slightly damp cloth with water mixed with a mild detergent.Avoid abrasive cleaners to prevent scratching, and avoid petroleum-based and solvent-based solutions that can damage the paint. You can remove any excess dust with a soft dry cloth.
Maintaining Solid Wood and Veneer Surfaces
Many fitted wardrobes utilise high-quality wood and veneer materials, especially for doors and drawer fronts. They are relatively durable, especially with lacquered finish seals to protect the surface from liquid damage while also producing a tough, hard surface.
Yet, you should still avoid any excess liquid and wipe away any spillages immediately. For dust and dirt, you can use a lightly dampened cloth to always keep the wood finish in its pristine condition. Follow it with a dry, soft cloth to wipe the cleaning solution thoroughly, and you can use a household furniture polish to preserve and enhance the wood material.
For slight abrasions or scratches, you can use proprietary wood repair products, but it is advised to contact an expert before making the repairs.
Maintaining Vinyl Surfaces
Vinyl surfaces are generally more affordable than wood finishes. Yet, vinyl materials are more susceptible to liquid damage, so avoid over wetting at all cost. You can take care of most stains with a lightly dampened cloth with water and mild detergent, but make sure to wipe the excess liquid with a soft, dry cloth after.
Avoid abrasive cleaning solutions, bleaches, petroleum and solvent-based agents, and acids. Also, avoid wire wool, rough pads, or other rough materials.
If necessary, you can remove the drawers from the fitted wardrobe and brush lightly to remove any excess dust, dirt, or other stains. You can use a silicone furniture polish or a lightly dampened cloth to remove more persistent stains.
Avoid saturating the drawers with water or any liquid, and avoid using rough or abrasive cleaning materials and solutions.
Inspect drawer runners and hinges regularly, and clean any loose dust or dirt. You can use a vacuum cleaner with a flexible hose, or alternatively, you can use a dry duster or brush. You can use a small amount of furniture polish if necessary.