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360 Westy Superior Street
Chicago, IL 60654

(312) 640-8363

Chai Ming Studios is a Chicago-based furniture design company that  designs and produces sophisticated, made-to-order furniture. The collection of seating, tables, and case goods are perfectly suited for both residential and commercial spaces. Each piece is handcrafted in the USA and influenced by classic design vocabularies that transcend time. Chai Ming Studios’ furniture exudes a refined tradition of luxury - clean lines, elegant detailing, and graceful proportions create pieces that are superbly timeless.

CARE & MAINTENANCE

CARE & MAINTENANCE

WOOD AND LACQUER

  • Care for wood and lacquer pieces by dusting regularly with an extra soft, dry, non-abrasive cloth. 

  • Clean by using a dry or slightly damp soft cloth.  Follow by polishing with a dry soft cloth.  

  • Do not use commercial cleansers, detergents, solvents, polishes, waxes, or window cleaners containing ammonia.

  • We recommend that stained or soiled wood or lacquer pieces be professionally cleaned or refinished. 

  • Maintain wood and lacquer by not placing near heaters and air conditioning units to prevent over-drying or exposure to excessive moisture.

  • Avoid extreme humidity changes, as extremely dry air can cause wood to crack and lacquer to lift.  

  • Exposure to direct sunlight will cause discoloration over time.

  • Do not place or leave hot or moist objects directly on the wood, as they can cause damage  

  • Rubber or plastic left on the wood finish can also damage the finish.

  • To avoid marks and indentations, do not write directly onto the wood surface without a pad.

 

METALS

  • Dust regularly with an extra soft, dry, non-abrasive cloth. 

  • Never use cleaners with alcohols, detergents, abrasives or solvents.

  • Do not use commercial metal polishes or waxes. 

  • Gradual changes due to oxidation and wear over time are inherent characteristics of the materials.

  • Should you desire a refinished patina or if there is damage or tarnish over time, we recommend that metals be treated by a professional.

 

PATINA METALS

  • Only use fine cotton or extra soft cloths. 

  • Gently rub into the direction of the patina with a very soft dry cloth, or breathe onto the surface to be treated then rub.

  • Never use abrasive clothes or cleaners as they may scratch or damage the finish.   

  • We recommend metals be professionally cleaned.

 

CAST BRONZE

  • Cast bronze pieces are treated with a patina that gives each piece its distinctive color.  

  • Although bronze is extremely hard and lasts for centuries, the patina is the most delicate element. Its long-term beauty depends upon proper placement and care. 

  • Clean by using a dry or slightly dampened cloth or a vacuum brush.

  • If soiled, use a light soap with luke-warm water.  Wipe clean with a damp dry cloth.  Dry with a clean cloth to avoid water spots.

 

PATINA BRONZE

  • Only use fine cotton or extra soft cloths. 

  • Gently rubbing into the direction of the patina with a soft dry cloth will restore its luster. 

  • Each piece is coated with a wax seal that will dull over timeWe recommend wax be reapplied by a professional.

 

STONE

  • Stone is a natural material, markings and color will vary. Stone tops are sealed or polished to be stain resistant.

  • Clean stone surfaces with a soft cloth and a few drops of stone soap or a light detergent combined with warm water.

  • Too much cleaner or soap may leave a film or cause streaks. Rinse the surface thoroughly after cleaning and dry with a soft cloth.

  • For spills, blot with a soft cloth immediately to prevent the stain from being absorbed by the stone. Flush with water and mild soap and rinse well. Dry the area with a soft cloth. 

  • We recommend that stained or soiled stone be professionally cleaned by a stone cleaner or a re-finisher

  • Many common foods and drinks contain acids that will etch or dull the surface of many stones. Use place-mats or felt spots under china, ceramics, silver, or any other objects that may scratch the surface.

 

GLASS

  • Glass and crystal can be cleaned by wiping with a soft damp cloth or glass cleaner with no additives. 

  • Apply glass cleaner to a soft cloth rather than directly on to the fixture to avoid over-spray that may damage other finishes.