KEEP THEM WELL
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