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How to clean a fabric sofa

If you’re looking for something comfortable and contemporary for your café or restaurant seating area, you can’t go wrong with a fabric sofa. Whilst they may look comfy, they aren’t so durable in comparison to leather sofas.  However, with the right approach and level of care, fabric upholstery can be kept in top condition as long as any other material.

We’ve put together some Trent top tips to help you keep your sofa excellent condition.

Vacuum your sofa to draw out all the loose dust and dirt from both under and above the surface. Use a soft brush to avoid marking or scratching your sofa material- important for delicate fabrics like velvet.

When you’re giving your sofa a quick clean, you should take care of any grime or light marks with a damp cloth. Once or twice every month, you should use a fabric-friendly cleaning product to perform a much deeper cleanse —apply some with a small amount of water (without soaking the material) and leave it to work.

Leave your sofa to dry naturally before sitting on it again. This will prevent creases forming. In the warmer months, open your windows and doors to improve air flow and speed up the drying process.

Removing stains from upholstery

All furniture is prone to wear and tear, and no matter how diligent you are, spills and stains are likely to occur, especially in a busy, commercial setting. The good news is that most stains can be treated without too much effort and without risks to the furniture, and we’ve put together a short guide to show you how.

Creating your own cleaning product can help you save more money than hiring a professional to do the job. 

Combine one cup of biodegradable soap with one cup of warm water and shake the mixture until it forms a viscous foam.
Apply the foam to the furniture until the dirt is removed. Do not let the fabric get too wet. To do this, use a soft bristle brush as it helps clean the furniture without soaking it. To remove the excess moisture, use a dry cloth and let the furniture dry.

Another great solution to remove spots or stains is to use club soda and hydrogen peroxide. Be careful in using this solution, not all fabric reacts well to it. Test a sample fabric first and see the results.

While it may be tempting to use the same cleaner for a multitude of furniture in your café, bar, or restaurant, it's important to understand that not all disinfectants and cleaning products are created equal. In fact, one cleaning product for a specific piece of furniture can act as a finish stripper on another. Avoid damaging the look of your furniture by following our tips below.

Deep cleaning fabric furniture

Until a spillage occurs or a stain mysteriously appears, it can be easy to forget about deep cleaning your upholstery, especially if you run a bustling café or restaurant. Given how often these items of furniture are used, and how much hidden dirt and dust builds up on them, it’s important to freshen them up every now and then.

White vinegar is a great natural stain remover for most types of fabric furniture.

  • Start by blotting the stain with equal parts water and vinegar, mixed together.
  • Using a clean microfibre cloth, start blotting and gently wiping the stain.
  • Follow up with a mixture of mild detergent and tepid water to remove any lingering vinegar smell.
  • Leave to dry naturally. For the best results, always tackle the stain as soon as possible. 

Trent top tip:

To keep your fabric furnishing items smelling as good as they look, sprinkle bicarbonate of soda all over the surface and the leave it over night to let the powder absorb the smells. Remember to vacuum it all off in the morning.

Cleaning wooden furniture

There might be times when your wood furniture needs a deep clean. Prior to cleaning, it is important to make sure the surface can withstand any soaps or cleaners you use. If the surface of the wood is significantly damaged — for example, if it has a lot of scratches or water stains — your best bet might be to send it to a professional or a conservator for care and cleaning.

Trent top tip:

Unless your furniture has a protective plastic coating, avoid cleaning with water or commercial cleaning products that are not specifically designed for wood.

Using an oil based commercial wood cleaner will cut through the layers of dirt and wax on the surface of your piece of wooden furniture. Harder stains such as watermarks or alcohol spots can also be cleaned, but will require a stronger solution such as polish. 

If wood cleaner alone doesn't bring the furniture back to its original lustre, switch to a solution of warm water and liquid detergent. Apply the mixture with a cloth, taking care not to let the wood get too wet. Rinse the area thoroughly, and dry with a soft, clean cloth to avoid water damage to the wood.

At Trent, we pride ourselves in providing high quality furniture, as well as outstanding customer service. Our friendly team are on hand to answer any furniture related questions you may have - why not give us a call

2019 is here, and the New Year brings with it new trends for restaurants to follow. When it comes to dining trends, The NPD Group has identified some areas that will grow in 2019 and shape out-of-home dining.

Veganism

Veganism has probably been on restaurant trend lists for quite a few years now but it still seems that restaurants aren’t doing enough. The number of vegans is growing year on year; just three years ago in 2016 the number of vegans stood at 500,000 and since then this number has rocketed to over 3.5 million!

Veganism’s pull will see almost as many people give up meat and dairy (5%) in January this year as the 6% taking part in Dry January, according to VoucherCodes.co.uk.

Although more are trialling the lifestyle in January, operators are encouraged to not view veganism as a short-term fad. Operators who embrace veganism beyond January with balanced menus and make alterations to offerings with vegans in mind will truly reap the rewards.

Smaller menus

Would you rather sift through a large menu filled with dozens of options or have a concise menu with accomplished dishes? Larger menus generally symbolise a lack of quality. Yes, there is more variety and chance to attract different palettes, but the chances of you being able to do each of these dishes to a good standard is minimal.

There is a movement towards slimmer menus with a focus on quality. Do what you do best and you’ll gain a reputation in the area. Simple. If you do burgers, just do burgers. And do them well.

A slimmer menu will also mean less complexity, a cut supply chain, lower food costs and less waste. Condensing your menu makes things easier and better for you and the customer.

Transparency

Does your restaurant list the contents and sources of all the food on your menu? Customers are more aware than ever before of the environmental impact of certain raw materials and expect some to question you about the food and ingredients if you don’t have the listed.

If you’ve got nothing to hide, don’t be shy in showing where your food comes from – transparency is key! 

Yes, we’re still in the midst of winter but a successful operator shouldn’t rest on their laurels. It won’t be long until the warmer weather is here and potential customers are looking for a sunny spot to eat and drink outside.

If you’ve never invested in outdoor seating or think that your current furniture set is looking slightly worse for wear, now is a great time to prepare and make the most of the approaching summer time.

When you come to look at outdoor furniture, wicker and aluminium are two of the most popular materials. In this post, we look at the benefits of each to help you decide between the two.

Wicker outdoor furniture

Wicker is the name of the weaving process that is used to mould the furniture and not the name of the material used to do so.

Wicker furniture can be made with materials like rattan and resin. At Trent Furniture, we use a strong woven synthetic wicker and also use rattan on some items.

Traditional wicker furniture (made of natural materials) tends to crack or unravel over time which is why we use synthetic materials that are long-lasting. The wicker around a chair’s structure creates a comfortable, basket-like seat and by using a synthetic wicker, you have a vast range of colours to choose from.

You might think that the synthetic wicker would fade in the sunlight, but our chairs are designed to be UV resistant as well as weather resistant. The material is virtually maintenance free and has revolutionised the outdoor furniture market.

Aluminium outdoor furniture

Seating in an aluminium finish is stylish and smart whilst still practical, offering a finish which is water resistant and suitable for outdoor use.

 As well as being resistant to rust and weather damage, aluminium pub furniture is really easy to clean, easy to handle and easy to store.

Because it’s metal, it’s essentially a sturdy material, and given the light weight of aluminium it can be moved easily. Aluminium chairs can be very resistant to extreme weather, and if your taste is urban or modernist, then aluminium furniture is perfect for you.

Which one is for you?

In truth, aluminium and wicker outdoor furniture are both excellent choices and provide resilient qualities for outdoor use. However, wicker tends to be more comfortable and is available in a range of colours while aluminium provides slightly more all-weather durability.

What you do get with both materials are easy maintenance, lightweight, and stylish. 

You might think that a link, if any, between eating out and social media is a tenuous one. But a new Food for Thought study by Barclaycard has revealed the true extent that social media plays when people eat in restaurants.

How do customers use social media to decide where to eat?

Before customers decide where to eat out, most of us will have a quick Google search, browse reviews and compare a few menus.

The internet has made this an obligatory part of the dining experience.

Amongst the things that Brits use social media accounts for before eating out are reading restaurant reviews (23%), checking the appearance of dishes (21%), considering what they might order in advance (18%) and to see how well the food is presented (11%).

The importance of giving customers the opportunity to have a browse before they visit, is shown with 15% of Brits saying they’d rule out an establishment based on it not having an online menu or social media channels. This number rises to a third of 18 to 24-year-olds.

How do customers use social media when eating out?

Virtual presence is becoming ever more important, and the desire by the public (especially young adults) to update friends and family with what they’re getting up to – including eating out – shows no bounds.

After making the choice to come to your restaurant to eat, 41% of Brits post pictures of their meal on social media, with this most common with 25 to 34-year-olds (24% saying they do this often or every time they eat out). The reason behind uploading pictures and posts to their social accounts is to recommend restaurants to followers (42%) and 26% do it to show off their experience.

Interestingly, some Brits (18%) want to see restaurants help them to take the perfect shot of their food by having light filters installed onto their table tops. Perhaps this is something that Trent Furniture should look into!

Attracting customers through social

It’s no longer enough for restaurants to just have a social presence. Their content needs to be regular and high quality to attract the clientele that browse channels before deciding where to eat. Posting attractive, appetising pictures of their menu dishes is a sure-fire way to the hearts of customers.

Restaurants also need to allow and engage in social media use when customers are in the restaurant. Provide free WiFi, comment on customers’ posts and do social giveaways. 

Sales, sales, sales. Are you sick and tired of them yet? Of course you’re not; sales are what January is for!

In truth, the Trent Furniture sale runs throughout the entire year. We often add new lines to the sale and launch special offers on a regular basis so it’s worth checking back frequently. But January is a good a time as any to have a flick through what’s currently available.

With the New Year a popular time for restaurants, bars, cafes and the like to consider a refurbishment, you can snap up some furniture at a cut price!

So, let’s take a look at some of the top picks from our sale:

Silver Rio Chair

If you are looking for cheap cafe chairs where a low price tag doesn’t mean you have to compromise on quality then the Silver Rio Chair is a perfect choice. A contract quality, stylish chair with a loop design back and finished is elegant silver is full of character.

Be quick, there’s limited stock on this item. And with such a cheap price tag, we don’t expect them to be around for long!

Boston and Washington Chairs

As a special offer, we’ve decided to reduce the popular Boston and Washington Side Chairs to £39.90 each! The offer applies to both the dark oak and walnut finishes and if that isn’t enough, you can upholster them in whatever fabric you like from our A, B or C range.

The Boston and Washington Chairs are both extremely popular choices for restaurants and dining pubs so if you’re thinking your seating is looking dated or worn, this is a great time to take advantage of the lowest UK price.

Chester Stools

Both the round and cube Chester stools are currently available for the bargain price of £19.90, while stocks last. Both come in brown faux leather, offering a compact yet luxurious extra seating for customers without taking up valuable space in your pub, bar or café. 

Black and White American Diner Furniture

Customers love the retro atmosphere created with quirky furniture. Creating the authentic look of 50’s America has never been so easy and so affordable with our black and white American Diner range!

Our American Diner range of chairs, benches and stools is now available at a reduced price for a limited time.

January furniture sale items

Here are our January furniture sale items

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