MAINTENANCE OF BOOKCASES/STORAGE UNITS
Furniture from Carl Hansen & Søn is designed and manufactured
to last for generations. To ensure the greatest possible enjoyment
from your furniture and the longest lifespan, it is important that
it is properly looked after. When solid wood furniture is correctly
maintained and exposed to daylight, over the years the wood will
acquire a beautiful patina. As wood is a living natural product,
color variations and knots as well as lines in the finished
furniture may occur.
Solid wood is a living material that is affected by daylight and
humidity. The ideal relative humidity for solid wood furniture is
between 30% and 60%. Solid wood furniture should therefore not be
placed too close to heat sources such as wood-burning stoves or
Solid wood furniture is also affected and dried out by direct
sunlight. Both factors contribute to very low relative humidity
which may cause cracks and should therefore be avoided.
As daylight matures the wood, it is also important to be careful
when placing permanent items on a new piece of solid wood
furniture, for example dishes, vases and candlesticks, as it can
cause undesirable color differences as the wood matures which will
subsequently be difficult to remove.
Regular care and maintenance of soap-treated solid wood furniture
is both easy and effective. For best results, treat the furniture
with soap before starting to use it and then according to need,
depending on the positioning of the furniture and what it is used
for, as regular treatment will improve the wood's natural
Wood soap and sanding sponges can be purchased from your nearest
Carl Hansen & Søn dealer. Alternatively, you can use
good-quality soap flakes mixed according to the instructions on the
packet as well as very fine sandpaper (grade 180 or 240).
When treating oak furniture with soap, the soap mixture must not
be too concentrated as the soap may react with the tannin in the
wood and turn it a dark color.
WATCH MAINTENANCE GUIDE FOR SOAP:
SOAP TREATMENT SHOULD BE PERFORMED AS
Before applying the wood soap, lightly sand the wood surface with
a sanding sponge or very fine sandpaper (grade 180 or 240).
Apply the soap solution all over with a dry cloth/sponge
following the direction of the grain.
When treating wood furniture with soap, it is important to also
apply the soap to edges, legs and the underside of the furniture if
possible to prevent uneven drying, since the uneven release of
moisture from the wood can result in unnecessary cracks and
Then wait about 10 minutes.
Then wipe the furniture with a clean sponge or cloth tightly
wrung out with hot water to remove any excess soap.
Never use washing-up liquid.
Allow the furniture to dry.
After the soap treatment, there is no need to use oil or wax,
It is possible that the wood fibers might rise slightly after
the first few soap treatments. If so, use a sanding sponge or fine
sandpaper (grade 180 or 240) to rub down the entire piece of
furniture. Always sand in the direction of the grain. After sanding
the furniture, it must be given a second soap treatment.
For everyday care, use a clean, soft cloth wrung out with
lukewarm water. Do not use any cleaning agents or chemicals on the
furniture. Also, do not use steel wool on the furniture.
The regular care and maintenance of oil-treated wood furniture is
easy and very effective in the long term. For best results, we
recommend that you oil your furniture according to need depending
on its positioning and use.
Oil and sanding sponges can be purchased from your nearest Carl
Hansen & Søn dealer.
WATCH MAINTENANCE GUIDE FOR OIL:
OIL TREATMENT SHOULD BE PERFORMED AS
First clean the furniture thoroughly with a clean cloth tightly
wrung out with clean hot water. Then leave the furniture to
Before applying the oil, lightly sand the wood surface with a
sanding sponge or fine sandpaper (grade 180 or 240).
Apply the oil using a clean white cloth or a sponge. Do not pour
the oil directly onto the wood.
Apply the oil in the direction of the grain in a thin, even
layer. It is important to treat the entire surface of the
During the dry season (winter), cross-cut edge ends should be
treated more frequently to avoid drying and subsequent
Allow the oil to dry for about two hours, and then remove any
excess oil with a clean dry cloth.
If the furniture has any scratches, these can be removed by
gently sanding the wood. It is important to sand the wood in the
direction of the grain using a sanding sponge or fine sandpaper.
After sanding, always wipe the furniture with a clean, dry cloth to
remove residual dust. Then oil the wood as described above.
For everyday cleaning, use a soft cloth wrung out with clean hot
water. Do not use any cleaning agents or chemicals on the
The uneven release of moisture from the wood may cause
unnecessary cracks and warping, which is why we recommend the same
treatment for both the top and underside of the furniture.
CAUTION! Please note that cloths or sponges
which have been used to oil the furniture can ignite spontaneously,
which is why they must always be kept in an airtight metal or glass
container. This also applies if the cloth is being disposed of.
The regular maintenance of lacquered surfaces is easy and
straightforward. For everyday cleaning, wipe the furniture with a
soft cloth wrung out with clean lukewarm water. As the lacquer
seals the surface of the wood, the furniture will not be affected
by daylight in the same way as soap or oil-treated furniture.
However, the furniture will still darken with time, and we
recommend that you exercise care when positioning dishes,
candlesticks, etc. on the surface.
We advise against the use of cleaning agents or other forms of
chemicals on the wood.
WATCH MAINTENANCE GUIDE FOR LACQUER:
Items made of stainless steel, chrome or lacquered steel must be
wiped/cleaned with soapy water and a tightly wrung-out cloth.
Small scratches in stainless steel can be removed with a fine
sanding sponge which is suitable for using on metal. Always
remember to follow the direction in which the steel has been