Home & Decor (Malaysia) - - Dinning Room -

Know­ing that you’ll be in­vest­ing time and money on your din­ing chairs, and that they’ll ex­pe­ri­ence a fair amount of use, your choice of ma­te­rial will dic­tate your chairs’ main­te­nance needs and how long they will last.

So should you go with wood, leather or fab­ric? Ter­ence Teh, mar­ket­ing man­ager of Jour­ney East, ad­vises that liq­uid spills on wood fur­ni­ture must be cleaned up promptly, or they will leave wa­ter stains. For those with up­hol­stered chairs, or who have young chil­dren around, us­ing a house­hold fab­ric pro­tec­tor such as Scotch­gard will help with pre­vent­ing stains and marks. You can also get chairs with re­mov­able slip­cov­ers for ease of wash­ing.

“Due to our hu­mid cli­mate , mould and mildew may grow on leather chairs. Brush the chair with a soft brush, be­fore wip­ing it down with a so­lu­tion of equal parts white vine­gar and wa­ter,” ad­vises Ter­ence. “Also, leather and wood ve­neer chairs should never be placed un­der di­rect sun­light. To main­tain, clean lightly with a damp cloth, says Christa­bel Lau, mar­ket­ing ex­ec­u­tive at Bo­con­cept.

“If the din­ing ta­ble has a thicker pro­file, opt for a ‘ heavy- look­ing’ din­ing chair such as one that is up­hol­stered. But if the din­ing ta­ble has a glass top, match it with a see- through chair for a weight­less feel and mod­ern look.”

- Maena Ong, art di­rec­tor, Mong De­sign Stu­dio

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