POUF | OTTOMAN CARE
Your leather Pouf will last many years without needing a great deal of attention. But the key is to ensure it’s maintained correctly and consistently and to take care of any little problems straight away to avoid them becoming difficult later on.
Wipe regularly with a dry microfibre cloth to get rid of any dust or dirt from shoes.
Don’t use a course brush or scrubbing brush as these can leave deep scratching which may be difficult to remove later on.
Blot spills immediately with a dry cloth. If staining occurs, use a soft cloth with a little warm distilled water.
If you are going to use a leather cleaning product, test it first in an inconspicuous place (the underside is probably best). Remember too to avoid cleaning products that are not designed specifically for leather.
Keep your Pouf out of direct sunlight. This will ensure it doesn’t fade.
Avoid positioning your Pouf too close to any heat source. This will stop the leather drying out and cracking.
Use a good quality leather conditioner a couple of times a year this will keep the leather soft and supple.
Avoid soaking the leather with water and soap. Leather is porous and overuse of water can lead to staining which could prove difficult to remove.
To keep the leather scratch free, don’t let your pets sit on top as their claws can scratch the leather. If you’re using your Pouf as a footstool, be sure to remove your shoes as any buckles, clasps and metal can also damage the leather. Kids using your Pouf as a plaything can also inflict damage on the leather.
Using your Pouf as a small table to serve Moroccan Mint Tea is a great idea, but be sure you put a small towel down first to avoid the heat of the tray making contact with the leather.
Over time your Pouf may also sag causing the leather to crease. Keeping the inside properly stuffed will also ensure it looks great on the outside too.
All Pouf are shipped unstuffed due to the final weight and customer preference of the finished product.
Upholstery fillings such as flock, coconut fibres, lofted wadding, dacron, polyester fibre filling. Simply do a google search in your city/area for "upholstery filling supplies" and you will most likely have a few options of suppliers to choose from.
Polystyrene filling for a light, bean-bag feeling. 50-100 litres approx. depending on the size and shape of your ottoman. So you don’t make a mess of this, best to fill your ottoman in a bath or large trough, as the beads to wander off. It has even been suggested to use a linen/cloth type material to line the interior of the ottoman.
Foam/Rubber materials for a light yet firm feel. Contact the likes of Clarks Rubber, or other similar outlets in your area. You could also try carpet stores as they often can supply you with foam or rubber underlay which can easily be used for filling your ottoman.
Old, unused clothes, towels, bed sheets or the like can also provide a light and firm filling option which is a great way to re-use some of the old stuff lying around the house.
Plastic bags, newspaper, cash (the monopoly, fake kind of course). Pretty much anything else you want to keep, but just can’t part with or you don’t want anyone else to know you still have it. Your ottoman will be a trusty guard for those invaluable items!
HOW TO FILL
Simple steps to filling your Moroccan Pouf Ottoman:
- Find a mat or carpet to work on while filling your Pouf.
- Turn your pouf to the under side where the zip opening is.
- If flattened, push it out to make it nice and round, it also makes it easier to fill.
- Best to line the top of the pouf (bottom/base whilst it is flipped over) with a towel/foam or any other flat, larger material. This gives it a nice smooth and firm look and feel on the top.
- Then start filling it up using whatever it is that you have chosen for the filling.
- Ensure that whatever material you are using is dry so as to remove any potential harm from mould build up.
- If using foam/polystyrene beads use an enclosed area such as a bath or laundry trough if it is large enough and secure in a pillow slip. The beads tend to float about and get away from you.
- Slide your hand down the sides and fill any empty cavities found.
- Zip-close the Pouf ensuring that materials do not get caught up in the zip.
- To get a more firm setting to the Pouf, push down or sit on the ottoman and add more filling until you are satisfied with look and feel. Don't over-stuff it as you don't want to break the zip or burst the seems.
Note: You may see your ottoman settle over a longer period. Refill if or as necessary.