product care

PRODUCTS, USE, AND CARE Recommendations

  1. Powder Coated Components: Frames and sliding panels are fabricated from powder coated aluminum or steel. Carbon steel is a recyclable material. We have our steel manufactured locally by a shop in Wallingford, Ct. Aluminum. Our custom-made frames are extruded in Bridgewater, N.J. by a facility that prides itself on using 30% recycled content. All aluminum is recyclable. Powder coating. Our painted materials are all powder coated in Holyoke Ma. This process offers organic paint pigments, negligible VOC and HAPs (hazardous air pollutants), reusable overspray.

We offer the following recommendations with respect to care of these items:

1.1     It is best to wipe spills promptly with a damp cloth and wipe dry. If necessary, use a mild soap. Avoid using abrasive cleaners, chemical solvents, strong detergents, alcohol, acetone, bleach-containing cleansers, or oil-based polishes on the surface. Our powder coated components are designed for indoor use unless specifically stated for outdoor use.
  1. Bamboo and Fiberboard Surfaces: Components made with these materials are hand sanded in our workshop and then hand rubbed with an oil-wax to give a protective coating that is environmentally friendly, easy to clean and easy to repair. These materials have the inherent properties of solid wood and, as such, should be cared for in a manner one would care for solid wood furniture. They are subject to the same factors that could damage solid wood furniture. We offer the following recommendations with respect to care of these items:
2.1     UV Light Exposure. As the color may change with prolonged UV light exposure, we recommend that pieces are moved occasionally to allow uniformity in light exposure to avoid irregularity in the color of the surface.
2.2     Warping Due to Heat and Humidity. These products, like all wood, will expand and contract with changes in humidity and temperature. We recommend that you minimize excessive changes in humidity and temperature to avoid warping or distortions in shape.
2.3     Moisture and Heat Damage. To avoid damage to the surface from moisture and/or heat, we suggest always using coasters and trivets to avoid direct exposure to moisture and heat. Always wipe the surface after accidental spills. These products are designed for indoor use only unless otherwise stated.
2.4     Physical Damage. We suggest customers avoid scraping sharp or rough objects across the surface of furniture.
2.5     Chemical Damage. Many household cleaners contain chemicals that will be harmful to your furniture's surface. Please see below for best cleaning methods:
 2.6     Cleaning: Simply wipe with a moist towel and dry. If soap is needed, we recommend a very mild soap used sparingly and thoroughly wiped afterwards.
2.7     Repair: Should mechanical, staining or water damage occur, we recommend lightly sanding of the surface with a fine grit (300-400 grit) by hand and application of a low VOC oil-wax. For more information on recommended repair products or methods, please call and we will be happy to assist. We are happy to send a small volume of our oil-wax if you prefer not to purchase your own.

2.8     Ongoing care. We love using an oil-wax product on all of our wood components for the safety profile, beautiful finish and organic materials in the product. It is also used for the ability to easily spot-repair. This finish will occasionally need to be refreshed. We recommend annual application of a low VOC oil-wax to the surface which should be applied according to recommendations on product label. Please be aware that any rags or other materials used with an oil product are considered COMBUSTIBLE, so please be sure to dispose of such materials according to package recommendations.

 

  1. Aluminum Printed Art: Aluminum artwork is baked into the aluminum surface by a unique process that offers long-lasting surface beauty and resistance to sun exposure and mechanical damage. We offer the following recommendations with respect to care of these items:
3.1     Color. The aluminum art surface is UV resistant, but these products should not be left exposed to direct sunlight for extended periods of time as prolonged exposure may result in fading.

3.2   Moisture and Heat Damage. To avoid damage to the surface, we suggest always using coasters and trivets to avoid direct exposure to moisture and heat. Always wipe the surface with soft moist rag after accidental spills. These products are designed for indoor use only unless otherwise stated.

3.3     Physical Damage. We suggest customers avoid scraping sharp or rough objects across the surface of furniture.

3.4     Chemical Damage. Many household cleaners contain chemicals that will be harmful to your furniture's surface. When cleaning, simply wipe with a moist towel and dry. If soap is needed, we recommend a very mild soap used sparingly and thoroughly wiped afterwards. Avoid using abrasive cleaners, chemical solvents, strong detergents, alcohol, acetone or bleach-containing cleansers or oil-based polishes on the surface.

 

 

  1. ADDITIONAL SAFETY INFORMATION

4.1         Modify Furniture products are designed for home and small office use. The furniture is structurally sound and is designed to last generations. All furniture that is 45 inches in height or more can pose risk of serious injury to small children. This includes all case goods that are three units tall and higher. These units should always be placed against a wall and ideally secured relative to the wall. We provide anti-tip clips with tall furniture. These are designed to prevent accidental tipping of units up to 150 lb. If you expect to use these units to store heavy items, please call us and we are happy to provide you with more clips. These clips are not rated for protection from earthquakes. For safe mounting it is CRITICAL that you use appropriate anchors based on your wall type. Mounting to wood is ideal. If you are unsure, it is best to consult a specialist in your area.

4.2         Many of Modify Furniture product(s) take the form of modular systems. As such, the same building components can be configured in numerous ways. However, the designs presented at the Site and in assembly manuals have been extensively tested for structural integrity, strength and safety. Failing to abide by recommended assembly can potentially result in suboptimal structure and result in personal harm. If you would like to configure Modify Furniture modular products in ANY way other than that recommended, please call customer care and we can help design a unique configuration that is sturdy and will meet your needs.

4.3         Tall furniture items (45 inches or over) are designed to be placed and secured against a wall. Placement of these units in the center of a room may result in injury as this is not the intended use for these items. Anti-tip hardware and instructions are provided with purchase and may be found on our product care page.

4.4         Desks, tables, storage units and storage bins on casters are designed for storage only. They are not designed for sitting on and may tip as a result of excessive or unequal distribution of weight applied to the top. Please avoid sitting or standing on or placement of heavy objects on the edges of furniture.

4.5         All Modify Furniture products are designed for normal residential use only.

4.6         Panel glide clips are designed for use with all sliding panel doors to protect the surface of the sliders and frame. They may either be sent separately and clip on to the bottom of all sliders or may be glued prior to shipping. As these are small pieces, there is a risk for ingestion and choking if accessible to small children. If furniture is placed in a location where young children will have regular access, we recommend applying a small drop of cyanoacrylate (“crazy”) glue or similar adhesive to prevent removal of clips.

4.7         X-decor  panels are designed for decorative purposes only. They are easy to place in the furniture and are easy to remove as well. They must be placed in the back of a unit ONLY and must be placed against a wall. They should not be used in a location where children will have easy access to them. Felt is supplied to keep panels from rattling movement, but are not designed to protect from removal.