Fabric Maralunga Sofa by Vico Magistretti for Cassina



Tips on keeping your home furnishings and accessories at their best.

You’ve finally bought that piece of Italian design you’ve had your eye on. And whether you’ve invested in a marble dining table, leather couch, wood sideboard, metal coffee table, or ceramic or resin vase, you want to make sure that over time your product stays as beautiful as the day you bought it. 

That’s why at Design Italy we’ve put together some tips on how to care for and clean your products based on the materials they’re made of.*


Ceramic Plate of MAMMIFERI ESCLUSI line by Piatto Unico with spoon, fork, knife and bee




CERAMIC Cleaning Tips

Dust your ceramic product frequently and clean with mild soap or detergent, water, and a soft cloth. Avoid using harsh soaps or abrasive sponges to avoid scratches. Do not use furniture polish, petroleum-based solvents, acidic, or abrasive cleaning products or any other products not intended for ceramics.



Toscana Copper Casserlore by Mepra

COPPER Cleaning Tips

New copper pans must be washed thoroughly with boiling water before use, after which they should be dried with a soft, clean cloth. Cleaning copper cookware and retaining their beautiful glossy appearance is as simple as rubbing them with natural acids including buttermilk or lemon juice and salt, after which they should be rinsed with hot water.

PIGGY Decanter by Paola C






GLASS Cleaning Tips

Dust glass surfaces frequently with a soft cloth. For deeper cleaning, use a non-ammonia glass cleaner and a soft sponge. Avoid using abrasive sponges and remove rings or and bracelets to avoid scratching the surface of your glass product. 


MARGOT Blanket by Missoni Home Collection




FABRIC Cleaning Tips

Keep fabric upholstered sofas, armchairs, ottomans and other furniture away from sources of heat and from direct sunlight to avoid fading. Keep couch and sofa cushions and other upholstered furniture clean by dusting and vacuuming them frequently. Removable back and seat cushions and accent or throw pillows can be beaten outside to remove dust. In case of spills of water, juice, wine or other substances, wipe up or blot immediately. 

For deeper cleaning, use products designed for your specific type of upholstery or fabric or contact a professional cleaning service. 


CHESTER 934 Four Seater Sofa by Renzo Frau for Poltrona Frau 

LEATHER Cleaning Tips

While all leather sofas, armchairs and accessories will tend to naturally fade over time, they should be kept away from sources of heat and from direct sunlight. Dust your leather product frequently with a soft cloth. In case of spills of water, juice, wine or other substances, wipe up or blot immediately and let your product air dry. 

Only use cleaners and balms designed specifically for leather, including for deep cleaning or to remove oil spots or stains. When using cleaning products on leather products or furniture, always test a small, hidden area of the product, such as the back, to first make sure it won’t damage the product. 



SOTTOFONDO Marble Container by La Casa di Pietra



MARBLE Cleaning Tips

Dust marble tables, vases and accessories frequently with a soft cloth. For deeper cleaning of marble products, use a damp cloth and a pH-neutral cleaner made specifically for natural stone: rub gently so as not to scratch the surface of the marble and then rinse and dry off your product. 

Do not use abrasive cleaners or regular cleaning products, vinegar, bleach, ammonia or any acidic substances as these products can etch and erode marble. 


HUG Metal Umbrella Stand by Giacopini





METAL Cleaning Tips

Dust metal and metal-plated furniture frequently with a soft cloth. Use mild soap for deeper cleaning. Be aware of whether your product is intended for indoor or outdoor use as light, heat, cold and moisture can cause metal objects to corrode and deteriorate. 


Gold-plated and silver jewelry should also be dusted frequently with a soft cloth. Avoid contact with abrasive substances such as citrus, vinegar, salt, and carbonated beverages as these will tend to corrode metallic surfaces. Only use polishes intended specifically for gold-plated and silver jewelry.



SFUMATO Resin Vase by Paola Navone for One More




RESIN Cleaning Tips

Corsi Design resin products should be dusted frequently with a soft cloth. As these products can tend to dull over time, car dashboard spray can be used to restore the product’s natural brilliance and shine. 



CONVERSO Coffe Table by Dale Italia




WOOD Cleaning Tips

Wood tables, chairs, sideboards and other furnishings should be kept away from direct sunlight to avoid fading. Dust wood products frequently with a soft, dry cloth. For deeper cleaning, use mild soaps and detergents designed specifically for wood products. 





* Always check your product’s materials and the type of cleaning products you’re using to avoid damaging the product. These guidelines are intended as recommendations only. Design Italy accepts no liability for damage to products resulting from improper care or maintenance.