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Interiors Monthly 2016

We’re pleased to announce that we recently won the Interiors Monthly 2016 “Best Warranty Provider” award. The awards are one the furniture industry’s highest honours recognising the companies which excel in each category.

Award winners were selected by their peers, which in our case includes the many retailers, manufacturers and suppliers we work with on a daily basis. Outside of the private repair world, we’re the market leader for Furniture Protection Plans in the UK with more than 2.8 million households protecting their furniture with us.

One of the reasons we won this award was due to the outstanding repair work performed by our network of repair technicians and cleaning specialists. We have a network of specialist independent technicians, rather than generalists, which means we deliver a first class service. We organise regular training courses for our technicians to continue to build on their skills and ensure they are up to date on any new materials and the relevant repair techniques. 

Our In-Home Care & Repair service utilises the same network of furniture professionals across the UK to carry out repairs in your home. If you decide to have a repair through us you’ll be receiving the highest quality repair from the best technicians within the furniture industry along with great customer service. We wouldn’t settle for anything other than the best and we’re very proud to be recognised with this award.

Our customers also think we’re pretty good at what we do. In fact, we’re rated 5 stars for our repair work and customer service. You can check out our reviews here.

Antique Furniture Restoration

We’re always excited when we get asked to repair antique furniture. While, sadly, we’re not likely to make a guest appearance on Antiques Roadshow anytime soon, we think that Fiona Bruce would be impressed with the end result of these antique repairs.

Our customer was upset with finding a chip in their Edwardian side table along with damage to the pelmet (which is the narrow border along the top) of their clock.  However our skilled wood specialist in Nottingham, Andy, was on hand to get these looking pristine again with some expert cosmetic repairs.

In order to repair the clock, we manufactured a new decorative top which was then stained and lacquered to make it look as close to the original as possible. It was secured in place with a fast acting and strong adhesive to ensure a long lasting repair.

For the table, matching the red colour may look like a challenge but Andy has access to a broad range of specialist tools which you can’t find in the shops. He used a wax filler to replace the missing chunk of wood. Andy then used a blending crayon to better match the colour of the wood and finally detailed over the wood grain effect. 

We’re the experts when it comes to restoring wood furniture. Check out our wood repair services.

Broken Spring Repair

If one of your springs break there’s no need to panic, just call us, the furniture professionals. Our repair experts know the internal structure of sofas like the back of their hands and can get this back to normal right away.

Our technicians keep common replacement parts, like springs, in their van to ensure you won’t have to wait for a repair. For Darcy, our furniture repair specialist in Kent, this was a routine fix. One of the seat springs had come away from the rail in our customer’s sofa, but fortunately the spring itself was undamaged. The clip which holds the spring in place was broken. Darcy replaced the broken part and re-attached the spring back into the rail.

Flat cushions? Broken springs? Why not check out our sofa repair services.

Cushion Filling Recliner Chair Repair

Our customer’s sofa and recliner were starting to feel less than comfortable as the seat cushion interiors had been worn down by use. No matter the upholstery, cushion filling will flatten over time and is often accelerated by our own habits, like sitting in the same spot. Without this supportive layer you may start to feel the frame and spring underneath, which are sharp and unpleasant to sit on.

Fortunately Darcy, our skilled repair technician in Dartford, was able to identify the problem right away. The foam and fibre covering beneath the fitted lining had torn apart against the vertical internal frame panel, which had made it sharper in the process. He stripped down the chair and planed away the sharper edges of the metal, which were the main cause of discomfort. He then added a new layer of foam padding to the chair, which made it more supportive and comfortable to sit on.

No matter the filling - we source, replace and fit cushion interiors to give you the best support.  Check out our cushion filling services.

Furniture repair reviews

At Guardsman we believe that if you love your furniture you shouldn’t have to replace it when it gets damaged or needs some TLC.You shouldn’t have to compromise the look you’ve created or replace it when often your problems are completely fixable. Even if you aren’t sure what’s wrong because it isn’t obvious our friendly and knowledgeable team will work with you to help diagnose the problem. 

If you’re not sure where to turn, we can help. But don’t take our word for it. Our customers’ have consistently rated us 5 stars, both for the quality of the repairs and cleaning our technicians perform, and for our customer service. We take a lot of pride in the work that we do and we’re always delighted when we receive a new review on our website.

You can see our reviews here and if you’ve recently had a repair with us we always appreciate the feedback. Leaving a review only takes a few minutes.  

Nail varnish stain removal wood restoration

Our network of skilled furniture repairers are experts in wood restoration. This attractive unit had been stained with hair dye and nail varnish remover causing extensive damage to the surface of the wood. Once nail varnish penetrates the wood finish cleaning the surface is difficult even with the best cleaning products.

Our wood repair specialist in South East London, Paul, was on hand to provide a professional solution. With years of experience in French Polishing, Paul was able to strip the top of the dresser to remove the staining. He then re-applied the lacquer coating to the top of the wood to restore the finish and re-polished the surface of the dresser, giving it a lustrous sheen.

At Guardsman we repair and restore wooden furniture and are able to repair everyday damage like scratches and gouges. Why not take a look at our wood restoration services.

Leather Sofa Restoration Pet Damage

Our customer’s dog had been busy wreaking havoc in their home in Twickenham. There was damage to various locations across two of their leather sofas including damage to the recliner footrest, back, and arms. However even though the damage looks bad at a first glance, and is heartbreaking to find if you’re house proud, it’s a routine fix for our leather experts. As the damage was relatively superficial we were able to restore it without our customer needing to replace their leather suite. Our leather specialist, Archie went about patching, gluing, filling, colour matching and performed a full restoration to the damaged leather surfaces making it appear as if the damage had never happened. 

We are leather restoration experts. Check out our leather sofa repair page to see more of our services.

Faulty bracket sofa repair

Structural problems are something which are difficult to live with and even more difficult to perform a DIY repair on. Our customer told us that their sofa was feeling a little wobbly. If you lean to one side it could tip over at any moment, making this leather suite less than ideal to relax on. Fortunately our in-house expert Jonny, was able to establish the likely cause over the phone – the modules which make up the sofa were not connected properly but he reassured the customer that this is something we can repair.  Andy, our furniture repair expert in Nottingham, was on hand to re-connect the brackets, giving the frame a stronger foundation removing the wobble in the process. After the refit, the furniture was completely secure and perfect for relaxing on; our customer was more than happy with the results!

We are the  sofa repair experts. Check out our sofa repair page for more of our structural services.


Furniture Restoration in London

We take on a large variety of furniture restoration jobs; each poses its own challenges but fortunately our specialists can take on most forms of furniture cleaning and repairs, even when the worst happens.

We were contacted by a store in Edmonton, London who suffered a break-in the day before their grand opening. The perpetrators had vandalised the entire store with industrial spray paint, damaging the walls and the furniture inside. Their trail of destruction affected 90% of their furniture, turning what should have been an exciting day into a sombre affair, as you can probably tell from the photos.

Unsure of what to do they gave us a call for help. One of our London furniture restoration specialists, Rick, was on hand immediately to rescue the situation. Over the course of two evenings he worked tirelessly removing paint from every piece of furniture in the store including sofa sets, dining and bedroom furniture, coffee tables and bookcases. Using his expert stain removal techniques, Rick completely restored the furniture back to its true showroom condition.

We operate across the UK and our technicians are on-hand to restore damaged furniture and the pride in your home. Check out more of our stain removal services here.

how to clean a leather sofa

Leather, while resilient and hard wearing upholstery, is still vulnerable to staining and the build-up of dirt. To keep your furniture looking it’s best for longer it’s important to maintain a cleaning and protecting regime to keep your leather looking its best. While there are many options for products and cleaning solutions we recommend only using leather specialist products on your furniture. Leather comes in a vast range of finishes so make sure you’re familiar with your leather type.

This guide is intended for finished, aniline, and bonded leathers. Do not attempt the guide below if you have a suede or nubuck sofa as these materials require different care.

For best results we recommend cleaning your sofa on a bi-monthly basis – however depending on how much you use your furniture you may wish to clean and protect once a month.


1.   Vacuum your furniture. Using a soft tipped brush on the vacuum nozzle remove any accumulations of dust and dirt. It’s important to remove this prior to cleaning as this will prevent any excess from being spread around your sofa or pressed directly into the leather. Make sure you get into the corners and between the seats.

2.    Clean using a specialist leather cleaner. Gently foam the product into a sponge and gently wipe the upholstery in a circular movement. Try not to rub or apply to much pressure. Once finished wipe the furniture dry with a soft cloth.

3.    Protect using a specialist leather protector. It’s important to re-apply a protective layer over your furniture after cleaning to safeguard against premature aging and irreversible damage from penetrating stains. The protector forms an invisible protective barrier against dirt and staining, making it easier to remove any spills. Dampen a sponge with the protector and again apply in a light circular motion. Wipe off any excess with a soft cloth and allow the furniture to dry.


Tips to prevent damage:

-      Pre-test all products in a hidden area on your furniture prior to use (even specialist ones!) and ensure you are happy with the results before using. ...

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