Carl Hansen & Søn

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MAINTENANCE OF BOOKCASES/STORAGE UNITS

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GENERAL
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 radiators.

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.

SOAP-TREATED FURNITURE
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 durability.

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:

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SOAP TREATMENT SHOULD BE PERFORMED AS FOLLOWS:
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 warping.

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, for example.

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.

OIL-TREATED 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:
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OIL TREATMENT SHOULD BE PERFORMED AS FOLLOWS:
First clean the furniture thoroughly with a clean cloth tightly wrung out with clean hot water. Then leave the furniture to dry.

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 furniture.

During the dry season (winter), cross-cut edge ends should be treated more frequently to avoid drying and subsequent cracking.

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 furniture.

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.

LACQUERED FURNITURE
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:
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METAL/STAINLESS STEEL/CHROME/POWDER-COATED STEEL

Cleaning:
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 ground.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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