So Fresh and So Clean
Whether you are a tenacious thrifter, a Craigslist connoisseur, an avid antiquer, or a flea-market fanatic--you have probably come across a piece of furniture that has awesome potential but is seriously lacking in luster.
Instead of giving that dull piece the cold shoulder, run to your nearest market and pick up the following four items. With Noxon Metal Polish, Old English Lemon Oil,Kiwi Shoe Polish, and Woolite Fabric/Upholstery Cleaner in your arsenal, you'll be able to breathe life back in to any vintage furniture item.
Caring for vintage furniture is a lot like being in a committed relationship. The more love and attention you put into it, the less likely you'll end up sleeping on your buddy's dilapidated futon. Call the store at 323-644-5590 to see if items below are still available.
Shines // Noxon Metal Polish
Casa Victoria loves Noxon :) While you can technically use this product to clean bronze, brass, and a variety of other metals, we primarily use it to clean chrome surfaces (we prefer to keep the original patina of brass and bronze in tact.)
Before you begin the application, make sure to open a window. This product has a strong smell and must be used in an area with good ventilation. We generally apply the Noxon to the chrome piece with a very fine steel wool or soft pot scrubber (depending on the level of oxidation.) We leave the cleaner on one small area at a time for a few minutes. After gently scrubbing the same area, we wipe the area clean and polish it with a soft cloth. Be careful not to use a scrubber that will scratch the chrome!
Protects // Old English Lemon Oil
We use Old English Lemon Oil to refresh the surfaces of wood furniture. Not only is it all-natural but it helps moisturize and cover scratches.
Apply the oil generously to the wood surface with a paper towel or soft cloth. After an hour or so, go over the piece with a soft terry cloth towel to wipe up any excess oils. Be sure the piece is completely dry before placing anything (such as lamps or books) back on the wood surface.
Refreshes // Kiwi Shoe Polish
KIWI Show Polish is excellent for refreshing vintage leather furniture. While it isn't meant for suede or rawhide, it works wonders on full grain cowhide that has been cured and dyed.
Make sure to match your polish with the color of your leather (unlike our picture.) First, dab any scratches, wrinkle marks, piping, or edges with the polish on a SOFT cloth and work into the hide. For extra protection and preservation, go over the leather with a COACH leather moisturizer after touching it up with the KIWI. You can get the moisturizer at your local COACH handbag store. Even if your leather furniture is in good condition, we recommend moisturizing it a couple of times a year.
Cleans // Woolite Fabric and Upholstery Cleaner
Is there a stain on your vintage sofa? Don't donate it to Goodwill! Woolite Fabric & Upholstery Cleaner is here to the rescue.
We always begin by vacuuming the piece to see what level of dirt we are working with. Next, we test the cleaner on a hidden part of the fabric. Although you can apply the cleaner directly to the fabric, we prefer to put a dab on a soft cloth first and then gently work the cleaner into the spot; using the brush on the top to gently scrub the trouble spot even more. After that, we go over the spot with a clean cloth and vacuum the entire piece.