Product Care Guide
Majority of Barefoot Gypsy products are handcrafted one at a time. It is therefore very rare to create identical items. Every piece is a creation of artisans, and based on craft styles. There may be natural blemishes/variations that are not product flaws. Such variations are inherent in the manufacturing of handmade products, so you may find minor distinctions that make your Barefoot Gypsy buys special and truly one-of-a-kind.
Our reclaimed elm products are made from timber grown in parts of East Asia. The timber is reclaimed, bleached and skilfully handcrafted into unique furniture with a lived-in look and feel. A light beeswax seal is placed on the elm products for protection.
Barefoot Gypsy celebrates the beauty and imperfections found in reclaimed elm. Each piece of elm furniture varies in grain, texture, and colour. These variations are to be enjoyed as they emphasise the individual nature of reclaimed elm and are not deemed product faults or defects.
Dust Regularly: Use a clean, dry, and soft cloth to dust your elm timber furniture regularly. This helps prevent the buildup of dirt and grime.
Avoid Harsh Cleaners: Avoid using chemical-based or abrasive cleaners on your elm timber furniture. These can damage the wood's finish.
Act Quickly: If a spill occurs, blot it immediately with a clean, dry cloth to prevent the liquid from seeping into the wood.
Gentle Cleaning: For stubborn stains, dampen a soft cloth and gently clean the affected area. Wipe dry with a clean, dry cloth afterwards.
Protection from Elements: Avoid placing your elm furniture in direct sunlight for extended periods, as this can cause the wood to fade and dry out over time.
Temperature and Humidity: Maintain a stable indoor environment with consistent temperature and humidity levels. Fluctuations in temperature and humidity can cause the wood to expand or contract, potentially leading to cracks.
Preventive Measures: Use coasters or placemats under glasses, cups, and hot dishes to prevent watermarks and heat damage.
Waxing: Periodically, you can apply furniture natural beeswax. Follow the product instructions for the best results.
Storage: Proper Storage: When not in use, store your elm furniture in a dry and cool place to protect it from extreme temperature and humidity changes.
By following these care instructions, you can help preserve the beauty and longevity of your elm timber furniture. Regular maintenance and care will ensure that your furniture continues to be a cherished part of your home for years to come.
Our products are made from a range of fabrics and textiles. See individual product descriptions for specific product care instructions.
For general fabric care and maintenance, vacuum fabric regularly to remove any dust or dirt, avoid direct sunlight to protect the material's original colour, and where possible professional upholstery cleaning is recommended.
Our products are handcrafted from various hardwoods sourced from parts of Asia and North Africa. Natural timber varies in grain, texture, and colour. These variations are to be enjoyed as they emphasise the individual nature of timber products and are not deemed product faults or defects.
Our timber products are designed to last but require a little tender loving care to maximise their longevity. We recommend our products are best kept indoors or outdoors, undercover, and away from direct sunlight. To remove stains, use a damp cloth lightly dampened with warm water. It is important to clean stains and spills immediately to avoid stubborn watermarks. Avoid chemical-based cleaners which may damage the wood.
Rattan & Bamboo Care
Our bamboo and rattan products are sourced internationally from parts of Asia and North Africa. Bamboo and rattan are natural plant-based materials and vary in texture and colour, which is part of their unique beauty and not deemed a product flaw.
We recommend our products are best kept indoors or outdoors, undercover, and away from direct sunlight. Use a soft-bristled brush to remove dust and dirt to care for our rattan and bamboo products. Avoid placing our products in environments where they may be exposed to water to prevent the natural fibres from swelling and loosening.
Seat & Cushion Care
Our products are made from a range of fabrics and textiles. See individual product descriptions for specific product care instructions.
For general seat and cushion care and maintenance, vacuum fabric regularly to remove any dust or dirt, avoid direct sunlight to protect the material's original colour, and, where possible professional upholstery cleaning is recommended.
Marble & Stone Care
Our Marble and Stone products are sourced from parts of Asia and North Africa. Each piece varies in patina, texture, and colour. These variations are to be enjoyed as they emphasise the individual nature of our products and are not deemed product faults or defects.
Due to the porous nature of marble and stone, our products are best kept dry to avoid damage and discolouration from water. In the event of a spill, we recommend using a lightly damp cloth to clean it and a cotton cloth to dry it. Do not allow water to pool on the surface for long periods.
Juju & Co Leather Care
We recommend you use leather care products on your pieces to guarantee longevity.
Here are a few tips on how to best look after your new wallet, bag or pouch:
- Use a protective cream or spray and apply it before you take your product out, and if you happen to get it wet drying it at room temperature is best
- Ensure any product used on the bag to clean, protect or condition is a water-based product suitable for use on aniline leather
- Avoid scraping leather on rough surfaces or leaving it in the sun for too long as it can cause it to dry and change colour
Teak furniture is known for its eco-friendliness and rustic charm. To ensure it stays in good condition and withstands outdoor elements, follow these care instructions:
Regular Cleaning: Wipe down the furniture regularly with a soft, damp cloth to remove dirt, dust, and debris. For more stubborn grime, use a mild soap solution with water and a soft brush. Rinse thoroughly with clean water afterward.
Avoid Harsh Chemicals: Refrain from using harsh chemicals, bleach, or abrasive cleaners, as they can damage the natural teak wood and its protective finish.
Apply Teak Oil or Sealer (Optional): Some people prefer to maintain the original teak color by applying teak oil or sealer. If you choose to do so, follow the manufacturer's instructions and apply it to clean, dry furniture.
Protect from Moisture: While recycled teak is relatively weather-resistant, excessive moisture can lead to issues like mildew and wood rot. During rainy seasons, consider covering the furniture or storing it in a dry area.
Prevent Stains: Use coasters or placemats under glasses, cups, and other objects that may leave water rings or stains on the furniture's surface.
Sanding (if needed): If you notice any rough spots or weathered areas on the furniture, light sanding with fine-grit sandpaper can help smoothen the surface. Follow up with cleaning and optional teak oil application afterward.
Seasonal Inspections: Conduct regular inspections, especially before and after the outdoor season. Check for any signs of damage, loose joints, or cracks, and address them promptly to prevent further deterioration.
Store Properly: If you plan to store the furniture during the winter or extended periods, ensure it is thoroughly cleaned, dried, and stored in a dry, well-ventilated area.
Sun Protection: While recycled teak is durable, prolonged exposure to direct sunlight may cause slight color changes over time. Consider using outdoor furniture covers or providing some shade during the sunniest parts of the day.
By following these care instructions, you can maintain the beauty and longevity of your recycled teak outdoor furniture, allowing you to enjoy its rustic charm for many years to come.
Our products are meticulously handcrafted from Suar wood by our skilled artisans. As a natural timber, it showcases a variety of colours, grains, and knots that are unique to each piece. These variations are simply the natural character of the timber and should not be considered as defects.
Furthermore, it's important to note that Suar wood will respond to changes in temperature and humidity by expanding and contracting. As a result, you may notice movements and cracks in your items as they adjust. Please understand that this is not a fault, but a natural occurrence within the fibers of a natural product.
We take pride in offering products that embrace the beauty and authenticity of natural materials. The unique characteristics and changes only add to the charm and individuality of each piece.
Mould on Furniture: Excessive humidity fosters the formation of mould, as restricted air circulation and moisture collaborate to establish a microclimate conducive to mould development. Furniture, clothing, and various household items may become susceptible to mould growth under these conditions. It is important to note that when mould appears, it is not necessarily a flaw inherent to the affected items; instead, the presence of humidity or dampness in the air can furnish ample moisture for mould to flourish on any surface. Mould is not confined to specific locations and can manifest anywhere, with humid climates offering ideal conditions for the fungi to proliferate on various surfaces.
Regular Dusting: Dust your Suar wood furniture regularly with a soft, lint-free cloth to prevent the buildup of dirt and debris.
Gentle Cleaning: For light cleaning, use a slightly damp cloth with water. Wipe the surface gently and immediately dry it with a clean, dry cloth to avoid prolonged exposure to moisture.
Avoid Harsh Cleaners: Do not use abrasive or chemical-based cleaners, as they can damage the wood's natural finish and cause discoloration.
Oil or Wax (Optional): If you wish to enhance the natural beauty of the wood and provide some additional protection, you can apply a suitable wood oil or wax. Follow the manufacturer's instructions and apply it in the direction of the wood grain.
Blot Spills Immediately: In case of spills, blot them immediately with a clean, dry cloth. Avoid rubbing, as it may spread the liquid and cause staining.
Protect from Sunlight: Suar wood can be sensitive to direct sunlight, which may cause fading or slight color changes over time. Position your furniture away from direct sunlight or use curtains/blinds to filter the sunlight.
Use Coasters and Placemats: When using Suar wood for dining tables or as a surface for placing items, use coasters and placemats to protect the wood from heat, moisture, and stains.
Seasonal Humidity: Suar wood can react to changes in humidity levels. To prevent warping or cracking, maintain a stable indoor environment with moderate humidity levels.
Lift Furniture: When moving Suar wood furniture, avoid dragging it across the floor to prevent scratches and damage. Lift it gently and place felt pads or furniture sliders under the legs to protect both the furniture and the floor.
By following these care instructions, you can ensure that your Suar wood pieces retain their natural beauty and durability for a long time.
Sunproof® Olefin Fabric
Sunproof® Olefin Fabric is a high-quality outdoor fabric specifically designed to provide comfort and long-lasting performance in various weather conditions.
All Sunproof® fabrics undergo rigorous testing and meet international standards such as ASTM G53-96, ensuring exceptional colorfastness against chlorinated pool water, sea water, and rubbing.
This fabric possesses repellent properties, making it resistant to stains, mildew, UV rays, and bacteria.
SUNPROOF® is oeko-tex certified and 100% recyclable.
To keep your cushion covers in optimal condition, we recommend following these cleaning guidelines:
1. Machine Wash: Clean the cushion covers using a normal machine wash cycle with a temperature of up to 40°C (104°F).
2. Tumble Dry: After washing, tumble dry the fabric on a gentle setting. This helps maintain its quality and resilience.
3. Ironing: If there are any unwanted creases, you can iron the fabric using a low heat setting. This will help restore its smooth appearance.
- Avoid dry cleaning this product, as it may affect the fabric's performance and longevity.
By following these care instructions, you can ensure that your Sunproof® 100% Olefin Fabric remains in excellent condition, allowing you to enjoy its beauty and durability for years to come.
Sunbrella fabric is a popular material known for its durability and resistance to outdoor elements. Here are some care instructions to help you maintain and extend the life of your Sunbrella fabric:
Regular Cleaning: Brush off any loose dirt or debris from the fabric surface. Use a soft-bristle brush or a cloth to remove dust and dirt.
Spot Cleaning: For small stains or spills, blot the affected area immediately with a clean cloth or sponge. Avoid rubbing, as it may spread the stain further.
Mild Soap Solution: Prepare a solution of mild soap (like dish soap) and lukewarm water. Gently scrub the stained area using a soft brush or sponge. Rinse thoroughly with clean water and let it air dry.
Machine Wash: Sunbrella fabric can be machine washed. Use a mild detergent on a gentle cycle with cold water. Avoid using bleach or harsh chemicals, as they can damage the fabric's protective coating.
Air Dry: After washing, allow the fabric to air dry completely. Avoid using a dryer or any direct heat source, as it can shrink or warp the fabric.
Avoid Abrasive Cleaning: Do not use abrasive cleaners or brushes with stiff bristles, as they may damage the fabric's surface.
Protect from Mold and Mildew: Sunbrella fabric is mold and mildew resistant, but it's still essential to keep it dry and well-ventilated to prevent the growth of these microorganisms.
Store Properly: If you plan to store Sunbrella cushions or covers during the winter or extended periods, make sure they are clean and completely dry before storing in a dry, well-ventilated area.
Avoid Harsh Chemicals: Keep Sunbrella fabric away from contact with harsh chemicals like bleach, acetone, or solvents, as they can cause discoloration or damage.
Use Protective Covers: When not in use, consider covering your Sunbrella furniture with protective covers to shield it from dust, dirt, and direct sunlight.
Following these care instructions should help you maintain the quality and appearance of your Sunbrella fabric for a long time.
Remove Loose Dirt and Debris:
Use a soft brush or a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment to remove loose dirt, dust, and debris from the surface of the synthetic rattan.
Prepare a Cleaning Solution:
Mix a mild detergent or dish soap with warm water. Avoid using abrasive or harsh chemicals that can damage the synthetic material.
Test in an Inconspicuous Area:
Before applying the cleaning solution to the entire piece of furniture, test it in a small, inconspicuous area to ensure it doesn't cause discoloration or damage.
Wipe Down with a Soft Cloth or Sponge:
Dip a soft cloth or sponge into the soapy water solution, wring out excess liquid, and gently wipe down the synthetic rattan. Pay extra attention to any areas with stains or grime.
Use a Toothbrush for Crevices:
For hard-to-reach areas or crevices, you can use a soft toothbrush to scrub away dirt. Be gentle to avoid scratching the synthetic rattan.
After cleaning, rinse the furniture thoroughly with clean water to remove any soap residue. A hose or a bucket of water can be handy for this purpose.
Allow the furniture to air-dry completely before using it again. Avoid leaving the furniture in direct sunlight during the drying process, as prolonged exposure to sunlight can cause fading.
To keep your synthetic rattan furniture in good condition, perform regular maintenance. Wipe down the furniture with a damp cloth to remove surface dust, and address any spills or stains promptly.