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Furniture Repair: Where to start?

Furniture Repair: Where to start?

In our consumer-based fast fashion society, we are often tempted (even encouraged) to throw things away and buy the latest and trendiest new products.  Some items, including pieces of furniture, are actually designed to be as cheap as possible and therefore easily replaceable again and again. That is one way to keep up with ever-changing styles, but there is something to be said for investing in a  quality, classic, piece of furniture that can fit seamlessly through every remodel, last through every move, and when properly taken care of, become...

Wicker Furniture Resurrection

Wicker Furniture Resurrection

When we think about wicker, we tend to think about days gone by. Each piece is somewhat of a timeless item so you simply can’t stomach the idea of getting rid of.  Quite literally, wicker is timeless; it dates back to ancient Egypt, Rome, and China.  With roots that deep, how can we just toss a damaged piece of wicker furniture to the curb?  Not possible! Which brings us to our next question: if we can’t bear to part with it, then how can we breathe new life into our...

Cleaning your Outdoor Plastic Furniture

Cleaning your Outdoor Plastic Furniture

Winter has finally passed and it is time to get back out on the patio and enjoy the springtime weather.  Unfortunately, prior to being able to rest easily on the back porch, your furniture needs a good cleaning to wipe away the winter storage blues and grime!  We will discuss a few tips on how to get your outdoor plastic furniture in tip-top shape!

Keeping Your Outdoor Plastic Furniture Clean

We first need to assess what the issue is.  Do you have dirt and grime to clean, stains to erase, or is...

Removing Paint Stains from Your Favorite Couch

Removing Paint Stains from Your Favorite Couch

Imagine this. It’s Saturday morning and life is good. You’re kicked back on the couch listening to the kids play when the youngest comes running into the room with a giant smile plastered across her face. She is bringing you her latest masterpiece to share and as you sit up to intercept her, you realize a second – too late that she has a paintbrush in her other hand.

A very wet paintbrush.

A very wet paintbrush covered in red paint.

A very wet paintbrush covered in red paint that is now dripping...

How to Clean Mold and Mildew Stains off of Leather Furniture

How to Clean Mold and Mildew Stains off of Leather Furniture

There is just something quite delicious about natural leather furniture. People love not just the look of leather, but also the way it feels and even smells. Plus, once you find that perfect piece, it’s as if it reaches out and invites you in to rest for a bit. Leather is both warming to the space and welcoming to those who enter.

At Guardsman, we feel that a piece with this much personality definitely deserves to be taken care of!

So, what happens when you realize that your favorite leather chair is...

Worn Patio Furniture: Should You Repair or Replace It?

Worn Patio Furniture: Should You Repair or Replace It?

 With the temperature dropping and the nights looming long and dark, it is easy to spend time dreaming of the hot summer days to come. It may feel like winter is here to stay, but soon the snow will melt, the trees will come back to life and the thermometer will begin to slowly creep its way north. It’s about this time that thoughts begin to shift from long winter nights curled in front of the fire to summer barbeques under the stars. After being trapped inside for months, the...

Tips to Get Your Patio Furniture Ready for Spring

Tips to Get Your Patio Furniture Ready for Spring

Are you ready for Spring to spring? For the days to start stretching out? For the smell of the grill to drift through the air as fireflies fill the night and you sit back with a pitcher of Sangria to take it all in? Everyone is ready!

These days, everyone is tired of the long winter nights and sweater weather. In short….bring on !

Which makes us think about going outside.

Which makes us think about our patios.

Which makes us think about our patio furniture….uh oh.

Yeah, that same patio furniture that is currently...

How to Remove Red Wine Stains from Your Upholstery

How to Remove Red Wine Stains from Your Upholstery

Much like Olivia Pope from ABC’s “Scandal,” kicking back with a long-stemmed wine glass full of your favorite merlot is a great way to take the edge off of a hectic day. And for any true Thursday Shondaland fan, we have come to associate Kerry Washington’s character’s wine drinking scenes with pensive thinking — but let’s never forget Pope’s Season 4 kidnapping where she spilled red wine all over her (gasp!) white couch. Whereas she simply replaced her stained couch (upon being rescued, of course), we’re guessing you’d rather take...

How to Fix Chewed Wood Furniture

How to Fix Chewed Wood Furniture

Puppies are the best: they’re cute, fluffy, clumsy and completely loveable. And when it comes to their “mistakes,” most of them are quick cleanups. But as with babies, puppies go through the infamous teething phase. Babies, on one hand, usually get through this by chewing on hard toys. Puppies, on the other hand, deal with their sore gums by chewing anything around them — including wood table legs and other furniture. Once it happens, it seems like a permanent reminder that your high hopes for the bitter-apple flavored dog-deterrent spray...

How to Clean Leather Furniture

How to Clean Leather Furniture

Leather furniture is often a purchase of extravagance. Maybe it’s your first grown-up purchase for the house, or perhaps it’s a practical purchase for longevity. Either way, leather furniture is undoubtedly a hefty investment that needs special care. Things like heat, water, animals and even having a favorite couch spot can take a toll on furniture in ways that could permanently damage the leather over time, if not properly cared for. But lucky for you, leather is not like other fabrics such as suede or cotton. By this, we mean...

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