Roman Thomas wood furniture has been finely finished and polished prior to completion; bringing depth and luster to the surface. A clear coat of wax is the last step in the production process. Reasonable care is ongoing for fine furnishings- they will acquire a patina of wear over time.
Wood furniture should be dusted regularly with a soft, dry cloth. As wood naturally expands and contracts, it is best to maintain by not placing near direct heat or conditioning ducts; helping to prevent over-drying or exposure to excessive moisture. Significant humidity changes in your home should be avoided. Avoid placing furnishings in direct sunlight to prevent finishes from bleaching.
Do not place hot or moist objects directly on the wood surface. Rubber or plastic left on the wood finish can also damage the finish. Chemicals in plastic and some rubber may soften or discolor the finish. We do not recommend the use of commercial, heavy-duty polishes or waxes. A clear, light application of butchers wax to the wood 1 to 2 times per year; then hand buffed, will refresh the woods luster.
We recommend damaged wood be cared for by an experienced finishing technician.
Brasses applied to Roman Thomas furnishings are unlacquered with the exception of polished or antiqued nickel. Warm water can be applied to key heads and ring pulls to clean from daily use. Use only fine cotton or extra soft, dry cloths to clean brass hardware and components. It is important not to use abrasive cloths or cleaners with alcohols or solvents on metals as this may scratch or stain the finish.
Brasses that have been lacquered to protect the surface from corrosion and tarnish should also not be polished, nor washed with hot water. This treatment can crack the protective lacquer coating. To care for lacquered brass, use cloth moistened with lukewarm soapy water, dry thoroughly.
We recommend deeply tarnished metals be cared for by an experienced technician, should you wish for them to be made brighter.
Glass & Mirror
Glass and mirror surfaces can be cleaned by wiping as needed with a paper towel that has been sprayed with glass cleaner. Apply glass cleaner to the cloth being used to avoid overspray that may damage other finishes.
Stone is a natural material; markings and color will vary. Dust stone surfaces with a soft, dry cloth. Polished stone can be cleaned with glass cleaner applied to a paper towel, to remove finger prints, etc.
We recommend stained or soiled stone be cleaned by a technician with specific expertise.
LIGHTING/SHADE MATERIALS & IRON FINISHES
Paper Parchment Shades
Paper Parchment should be kept away from liquid and extremes of temperature and humidity. Occasionally, dry dust using a soft cloth, or lightly vacuum. For shade replacements, contact Client Services for an estimate.
Laminated Silk should be kept away from liquid and extremes of temperature and humidity. Lightly vacuum occasionally. For shade replacements, contact Client Services for an estimate.
Hand Wrought Iron
To maintain the finish of iron lighting, we recommend regular dusting with a soft, dry cloth and the occasional light application of furniture wax to keep a clean protective coating and maintain the luster.
Replace as needed with 60W Standard base bulbs, or lower wattage if desired.
Frayed cords should be replaced by an experienced technician. Contact Client Services for an estimate.
As leather is provided to us by the client (COL), we recommend referring directly to your supplier for best care and maintenance practices.
We recommend that stained or soiled leathers be professionally cleaned by referral from the material supplier.
Horsehair is a natural fabric, woven with genuine horsehair and is susceptible to the conditions of the environment as any fabric. Humidity or wide swing in temperature may cause the horsehair to lift, just as hair, and or bubble. This can be remedied by applying a warm iron over a clean, soft cloth, directly to the horsehair surface and ironing in a back and forth motion.
Gently vacuum the fabric as needed to remove dust. Spillage should be wiped with an absorbent cloth immediately and allow to dry.
Depending on the extent and composition of the spillage, a visible residue may remain, and may need to be replaced. Please contact Client Services for assistance with material sourced by Roman Thomas, or the designer resource if provided by client.
Parchment is a natural hide produced from sheep or goat. Naturally occurring variations in pattern, color, texture and thickness are part of the characteristics and unique beauty of each hide. A clear coat of wax is added to protect the parchment after any in-house processing.
Care for parchment by dusting gently with a dry soft cloth. Maintain parchment by keeping it away from direct sunlight and heat. Parchment is a natural material and breathes and moves as it wears. Over time, the coloration may change slightly.
We recommend spillage be blotted promptly after it happens and be left to thoroughly dry. Restoration (when possible) and replacement is available at additional cost.
Care for shagreen by occasionally using a soft, dry cloth without commercial cleaners. Over time you may notice separation between the skins, which occurs due to normal temperature, humidity, and seasonal changes.
Try to avoid spillage of any kind. Extremes of cold, heat and humidity may have the effect of lifting some skins. Skins that have lifted can be re-adhered by an experienced technician onsite or upon return to our workroom. Contact Client Services for assistance with these services and for information on their cost.
If your piece has custom dyed Shagreen, the natural variations in skin color and thickness result in natural variations.
We recommend deeply stained or damaged shagreen be looked after by an experienced technician.
Mica is a natural material which can be dry dusted with a soft cloth. Should there be spillage, blot immediately with an absorbent cloth. Mica panels can be replaced as needed by an experienced technician; including overall refinishing to provide a uniform surface. Contact Client Services for restoration (when possible) and repair services and their cost.
Fabrics & Leather
As all fabrics are provided to us by the client (COM, COL), please direct your questions and concerns to your supplier for best care and maintenance practices.
We recommend using a professional cleaning service whenever possible.
All loose cushions and pillows should be shaken, fluffed and reversed on a regular basis. This allows air to pass through; this adds loft and keeps the filling evenly distributed and maintains shape. Over time, refilling cushions with feather and down should be done by an experienced technician. Contact Client Services for an estimate.