All of the WILLEM SMITH pieces are meant for a lifetime. Below are some straightforward tips to help you easily preserve the beauty of your collection for years to come.
Enjoy. Host yet another three-hour dinner party in your Etesian chairs. Curl up with a long novel in our Francisco. Our uncompromising attention to the construction of each piece assures your WILLEM SMITH collection will endure and endure. Our classic, clean lines and our conscientious provision of the highest quality and most appropriate materials assure your pieces will be simple to maintain.
If you have specific questions on caring for any of your WILLEM SMITH piece, please call us. We would love to hear from you.
Dust can cast a dull pallor, masking the inherent beauty of our carefully selected woods. Frequent dusting not only allows you to pass the white glove test and recoup the wood’s sheen, it removes airborne pollutants which could scratch wooden surfaces. An ever so slightly dampened, clean, soft cloth is our tool or choice; it effectively removes and traps dust from becoming airborne again. Periodically, to restore the natural luster, polish wooden furniture with a lint-free cloth, working in the direction of the grains as much as possible.
We love using leather on our chairs. Nothing sits and swaddles like a well designed and built club chair in a great leather. And properly maintained, leather will last – and look terrific - four times as long as fabric.
Caring for leather is straightforward. Note that many people don’t use any products on their leather: if it isn’t drying out, it’s happy.
Rules 1-10 are to avoid prolonged exposure to direct sunlight and to direct heat.
Regular vacuuming (yes, vacuuming) is a simple and effective method to keep the surface clean.
For most leathers it is safe to occasionally wipe your leather with a clean, damp cloth followed by a dry cloth.
Blot (don’t rub or scrub) any spills immediately.
Condition, but no more than once a year.*
*For many of our leathers we recommend a gentle widely-available leather conditioner such as Lexol. It is easily applied with a sponge followed by wiping any excess with a dry cloth a few minutes later. For a full aniline or nubuck leather only use cleaners and conditioners specifically formulated for those leathers. Note that some conditioners may slightly darken a leather’s appearance, so please test any conditioner on an inconspicuous area first.
And finally, bear in mind that over time and with use your leather will develop a unique and welcoming patina, giving it a distinctive appearance and further softening as it ages. Much like all of us.
WILLEM SMITH fabrics are selected not only for their beauty but also taking into consideration the practicality of using your pieces yet keeping them beautiful. Naturally, wipe up any spills and spots as soon as you see them. Using the small attachment for your vacuum cleaner you can quickly keep your upholstered furniture clean and dust free. A steam cleaner can help provide a periodic, deeper clean. As with all valuable pieces of furniture and antiques, avoid placing them in direct sunlight or within two feet of heat sources. Sun and heat can dry out wood and finishes, crack leather and fade upholstered fabric. Of course, water can also damage wood, leather and fabric surfaces. If you have a spill, dry the area thoroughly and promptly. All-purpose cleaning sprays are not appropriate for WILLEM SMITH or other fine furniture.