Monday, August 22, 2016

Tips for Cleaning Your Tommy Bahama Outdoor Furniture

Routinely cleaning your outdoor furniture is the key to ensuring it stays in pristine condition. In Florida’s sunny climate, you use your outdoor furniture all year round, so ideally, you should clean it four times a year: a good rule of thumb is to do your cleaning at the beginning and end of winter—since that is when it is likely to be used the most — and a few times in between. Below are some tips on how to keep your outdoor furniture fresh and clean.

baers tommy bahama outdoor furniture

Teak, Wicker, and Wood

  • Use mixture of warm water and Murphy Oil Soap, or another mild oil-based soap.
  • Make your own cleaning solution by mixing 1 quart warm water, 2 tablespoons white vinegar, and 1⁄4 cup ammonia.
  • Apply a commercial wood cleaner — these are sometimes the most effective — but be sure to read and follow the directions closely. Note: painted woods and wicker may require a diluted the solution.
  • Sand and apply a fresh coat of protective finish such a stain, oil, or polyurethane on outdoor furniture made of hard woods.
  • Hose down your wicker furniture every couple of weeks or so to keep dirt from building up in the crevices.
  • Protect wood outdoor furniture by wiping it down wood regularly — after each use will keep you on track—to remove debris, dirt, and excess water.

Wrought Iron, Cast Iron, Aluminum, and Other Metals

  • Remove as much oxidation (rust) as possible from your aluminum furniture before you clean it. Use a 1:1 mixture of white vinegar and water, or a metal polishing paste.
  • Avoid using alkaline cleaners such as trisodium phosphate (TSP) and ammonia, these can cause oxidation.
  • Preserve your aluminum furniture’s luster by washing it frequently.
  • Use a soft cloth and nonabrasive cleanser such as Soft Scrub to remove scuff marks.
  • Fight rust by sanding it off, the wipe the metal residue off with a cloth dampened with naptha or mineral spirits.
  • Apply a coat of automotive wax — two coats for iron furniture — to protect it after cleanings.
tommy bahama aviano chair


Note: Dish detergents or other home cleaning solutions are the most effective for cleaning glass table tops.
  • Remove stuck-on debris using a nonabrasive, glass-safe, material — most scrub brushes will scratch the glass, so use one designed to tackle touch jobs without ruining your furniture.
  • Use white vinegar or glass cleaner with a microfiber cloth or paper towel to de-streak the glass after the initial cleaning.
  • Wipe down the underside of the glass table top monthly to prevent irreversible grime.
  • Cover your glass table when it is not being used to keep it clear of dirt and debris.
  • Repair small chips and scratches in the glass with an automotive glass-repair kit.

Plastic and Other Hard-Resin Materials

Cleaning Solutions:
  • 1 gallon warm water mixed with 1/2 cup washing soda
  • 1 gallon warm water mixed with 3 tablespoons automatic dishwasher detergent
  • For colored plastic: 1 quart warm water mixed with 1⁄4 cup vinegar
  • For white plastic: chlorine and bleach will eat away the plastic so should be avoided.
  • For stubborn stains: wipe down the piece with a clean rag dampened with white vinegar.
  • Use baking soda and a wet sponge to remove stains without scratching surfaces. Abrasive cleansers with scratch plastic.
  • Spray WD-40 in the plastic and wipe clean with a dry cloth to restore shine.
  • Protect your furniture with a coat of automotive wax once cleaned.
Your outdoor furniture will stand the test of time — and the Florida elements — if you give it the proper care. Stop by the Baer’s Furniture showroom nearest you to find outdoor furniture that is a functional as it is beautiful. Follow us on Twitter for more design inspiration.

Please read and follow the directions on the labels of all cleaning products, this information should be used at your own risk, Baer’s Furniture is not responsible for any adverse results. .

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Tips for Styling the End-of-Bed Bench from Bernhardt

Have you looked around your bedroom and thought: what's missing? Maybe it seems a little empty, maybe it feels too big, or maybe you just don't have anywhere to sit. You know where this is going. Maybe you need a bench at the end of your bed. Having the perfect bench at the end of your bed is a lot like having a good belt. It not only puts the finishing touch on your bedroom, it is also a practical and functional piece that can make your life easier. However, finding the right bench for your space is not without its challenges. Below are some end-of-bed bench ideas from Bernhardt Furniture.

Size Matters

Scale is the biggest challenge in the hunt for the perfect bench. Your bedroom bench should be visually balanced as well as functional. Too short and it will throw the whole room off. Too big, and your bed will look out of proportion to the space. You can find benches in an array of styles, from sleek mid-century modern to the classical county French to stylishly eclectic. In addition to providing extra seating, depending on the style you choose, it can also give you extra storage.

bernhardt beverly glen bench

Increase the Wow Factor

Why settle for the standard upholstered end-of-bed bench? Why not go for a little glamour instead? You may not want the hard surfaces a metal or wooden bench brings into your space, but a traditional upholstered bed may not suit your style. The sleek lines of the Beverly Glen Bench adds a touch of Old Hollywood Glamour and transitional elegance to your bedroom. The X stretcher increases the wow factor and adds visual interest.

bernhardt furniture criteria metallic bench

If you do like a little metallic shine and still want the comfort of an upholstered seat, the Criteria Metal Bench might be more your style. Also from Bernhardt Furniture, this bench references high-fashion accessories with decorative fretwork reminiscent of a linked necklace or bracelet. It's crisp, minimalist look is sophisticated, bold, and inherently modern. The simplified shape creates a modern sense of glamour that highlights your fresh and modern style.

Another way to increase your end-of-bed style is by choosing a bench with interesting lines and details. Introducing an unexpected texture or shape surprises the eye and makes an impact. Sleek and stylish, the Baxter Leather Bench by Bernhardt Furniture adds another dimension to your bedroom. The upholstered leather seat and sides, nail head trim, and exposed wooden feet combine to make this a stunning addition to any room.

Don't Get Stuck at the End of the Bed

While a bench at the end of your bed will add extra storage, seating, and style to your space, don’t get stuck in one place. You can place your bench under a bedroom window, in a nook, or anywhere you have the space and need for it. Just keep in mind the same basic guidelines: scale and style will determine whether it works wherever you place it. Whether you go big or small, keep in mind the size of your bench so that it doesn’t overwhelm your existing style.

If you are interested in adding extra style to your home with an end-of-the-bed bench, check out the entire selection of Bernhardt Furniture available at the Baer's Furniture showroom near you.
Check out Baer's Furniture reviews for our Pinecrest location.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Tips for Creating a Welcoming Guest Room

Your overnight guests may not expect hotel-like amenities when they stay in your spare room, but of course, you want to be a good host and make them comfortable. To do so, you need to provide more than a towel to use and a comfy bed (although a comfy bed never hurts). Here’s a list of recommendations for a guest room that will make your guests feel welcomed and their stay special.

comfortable guest room decor tommy bahama

Plenty of Pillows

If your guest room is small, you probably don’t have much space for a reading chair. You can solve this issue by supplying a body pillow that your guests can use as a temporary couch or for support while they sleep. Or you can add extra pillows to the bed that your guests can use to prop themselves up and read in bed. Just let them know where to stash the pillows when they retire each night.

A Tray

When you place a tray in your guest room, it signifies that the items placed on it are specifically for your guest. You can place the tray by the bed for your guests to use, or in the guest bathroom to hold your visitor’s toiletries. A tray lets your guests organize their belongings and keep them easily accessible.

A Steamer

When your guests stay with you while in town for a job interview or business conference, they will need fresh looking, crease-free clothing. However, a clunky ironing board can be unsightly as well as unwieldy for your guests to use. Instead, provide a mini-steamer so that your guests can touch up their clothes if necessary.

A Universal Charger

It’s common for guests to travel with their electronics, and not uncommon for them to forget their chargers. These tech tools may require some juice while they are staying with you. Provide a universal charger in your guest room, so that your guest can be fully charged during their stay. These devices are small enough to stash in a drawer or on a shelf. Also, make sure there is an outlet that is free and clear and easily accessible.

tommy bahama night stand guest room

A Bedside Table

A bedside table gives your guests a place to keep their items, so even a small one is better than not having one at all. A bedside table with shelves or small drawers is ideal so that your guests have enough room to store their stuff. But don’t leave the table completely bare, a few magazines will give your guests some entertainment. A reading lamp and some flowers will make them feel welcome.

Bestselling Books

A guest room is great for storing your recently read books. This also gives your guests access to reading material to help them wind down at the end of the day.


You probably already have a box of tissues in the bathroom, but place one on the bedside table as well. Your guests will appreciate not having to trek down the hall if they need a tissue. Go ahead and splurge on a softer brand, your guests are not likely to use up the box as quickly as your family.


Often guest rooms become storage areas, and if you stash extra household items in your guest room closet, there’s less space for your visitor’s luggage and clothes. A hook or two is a nice touch, your guests can keep a bathrobe, towel, a bag, or a jacket within easy reach.

Extra Bedding

While it may seem either obvious or redundant, extra blanket options are often left out of the guestroom prep. And it’s easy to see why, if you already have linens on the bed, additional covers aren’t top of mind. However, an extra flat sheet and a few blankets are welcome if the guest room becomes to chilly for your visitor.

If you need help putting together a guestroom that makes visitors feel welcomed, visit Baer’s Furniture to take advantage of the FREE design service. Find out more about at Baer's Furniture that adds the fourth generation to the executive team. Read Baer's Furniture reviews on Houzz.