Care guides


Our fabrics  

We work with the very best British and European manufacturers to curate our fabric collection, which includes velvet, linen, cotton, wool and leather. Every fabric will have its own rub count, which determines how hard-wearing it is, and accompanying care guidance. View the information for each fabric here

General guidance

  • Do not pull at loose threads. Instead, trim with scissors or poke it back through with a long pin.  
  • Airborne pollutants like smoke and strong perfumes will cling to fabric. Regularly air the room to avoid this.  


Everyday care  

  • We recommend regularly vacuuming your upholstery with a soft brush attachment or using a handheld brush. Always use a specialist velvet brush for velvet.
  • When spills occur, clean immediately by gently blotting with a clean, soft absorbent cloth. Avoid rubbing as this can press the stain deeper into the weave. Do not add further liquid to any spillage or stains as this can result in further marking or in the dye fading.
  • For velvet, once the spillage area has dried, brush in the direction of the pile using a soft brush or velvet upholstery specific brush
  • For wool, keep pilling to a minimum by steering clear of abrasive cleaning products and gently sponging away marks when required.

Best Practice

  • We recommend flipping and rotating seat and back cushions on upholstered pieces about once a month to help maintain their shape.
  • Try to not sit on the edge of seat cushions or on the arms of sofas or armchairs as this can cause the fillings and the fabrics to lose their shapes.
  • Avoid jumping onto your furniture as this can damage the fabrics, fillings and structure of your upholstered pieces.


Our Barnaby saddle leather is a type of aniline leather, which means that the top layer of the hide hasn’t been interfered with. This type of leather possesses a natural appearance which may include stretch marks, grain differences and slight inconsistencies on the surface. Although aniline leather is soft and very comfortable to sit on, it can also be more susceptible to fading, staining and scratching if used in a high traffic area or homes with children or pets. We also recommend not having leather directly next to heat sources such as radiators as this can encourage the leather to dry out and crack over time.

Like our other fabrics, you can vacuum and dust leather upholstery regularly. Do not use saddle soap, wax or spray polish, as these products may cause irreversible damage. Instead, remove marks with a soft leather cleaner. You can then use a neutral leather cream to restore the sheen.

Cover Cleaning

  • Fixed covers on sofas, armchairs and dining chairs need to be professionally cleaned by a professional upholstery cleaner.
  • Removeable loose covers should be dry cleaned. Please ensure you use a professional dry cleaner.


  • Direct sunlight will also cause the colour to fade over time.
  • Avoid positioning any textile close to a fire, radiator or air conditioning unit.

Cushions & throws

  • We recommend cushion covers are professionally dry cleaned. Please see the care label attached to the product to check the fabric composition.
  • Do not wash cushion pads.
  • For our scatter cushions with feather fillings, we recommend plumping once a week to keep these in shape and to redistribute the fillings evenly for ultimate comfort.
  • Our throws are professional dry clean only


Everyday care  

  • Vacuum regularly without a brush attachment.
  • Spot clean marks and stains as soon as possible using a damp, colour-fast cloth.

Best practice

  • Use a rug pad for rugs to avoid slippage and to help the longevity of your rug.
  • The maximum tog rating advised for use with underfloor heating is a rating of 2.5. Many of our rugs are safe to use with underfloor heating, but please check each rug for its tog rating.
  • To help keep the colour and yarn in best condition, please do not expose the rug to excessive sunlight or moisture.

Cushions & throws  

  • Depending on the fabric, our cushion covers are either machine washable or professional dry clean only. Please see the care label attached to the product.  
  • Do not wash cushion pads.  
  • Our throws are professional dry clean only.  

Textiles in the garden 

Our garden care guide will tell you everything you need to know about looking after our outdoor textiles.