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 tables 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 table tops are also affected and dried by direct
sunlight. Both factors contribute to very low relative humidity
which may cause cracks in the table top and should therefore be
As daylight matures the wood, it is also important to be careful
when placing permanent items on a new solid wood table top, 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 tables is
both easy and effective. For best results, treat the table with
soap before starting to use it and then every four to six weeks,
depending on the positioning of the table and what it is used for,
as regular treatment will improve the wood's natural
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 rub the surface of the
furniture with the sanding sponge. Both the soap and the sanding
sponge are supplied in the accompanying care set.
Shake the bottle of soap well before use, and apply all over
with a dry cloth/sponge following the direction of the grain.
When treating a wood table with soap, it is important to also
apply the soap to edges, legs and the underside of the table if
possible to prevent uneven drying, since the uneven release of
moisture from the wood can result in unnecessary cracks and warping
of the tabletop.
Then wait about 10 minutes.
Then wipe the table 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.
Once you have used all the wood soap supplied, you can buy more
soap from your nearest Carl Hansen & Son dealer.
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 two to four times a year.
Once you have used all the oil supplied, you can buy more oil
from your nearest Carl Hansen & Son dealer.
WATCH MAINTENANCE GUIDE FOR OIL:
OIL TREATMENT SHOULD BE PERFORMED AS
First clean the entire table thoroughly with a clean cloth tightly
wrung out with clean hot water. Then leave the table to dry.
Before applying the oil, lightly rub the surface of the
furniture with the sanding sponge. Both the oil and the sanding
sponge are supplied in the accompanying care set.
Apply the oil from the care set 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 table top 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 the enclosed sanding sponge or fine
sandpaper (grade 240). If you have to purchase a sanding sponge, it
should be at least grade 180 or finer. After sanding, always wipe
the table with a clean, dry cloth to remove residual dust. Then oil
the wood as described above.
Once you have used all the oil supplied, you can buy more from
your nearest Carl Hansen & Son dealer.
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 of the table top, which is why we
recommend the same treatment for both the top and underside of the
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.
Regularly maintaining lacquered surfaces is easy and
straightforward. For everyday cleaning, wipe the table top 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
Everyday cleaning of glass requires no more than wiping the
surface with clean water. It is recommended that you use a sponge
or a soft, fluff-free cloth. Most dirt can be removed by lightly
wiping the surface. Make sure to clean the entire surface, not just
Ordinary glass cleaner can be used to remove any grease marks
(fingerprints, etc.). Do not use scouring agents, corrosive, acidic
or alkaline cleaning agents, as these can attack the surface of the
glass and cause scratches.
Excess water can be removed with a sponge or cloth. The glass
can then be polished dry with a microfiber cloth.
If the glass surface is allowed to remain wet for longer periods
of time, limescale residues may form. Therefore it is best to wipe
up any liquids as quickly as possible.
Laminate usually requires no special maintenance. The table top
can easily be cleaned on a daily basis using the enclosed laminate
cleaner. Laminate cleaner can also be purchased from your nearest
Carl Hansen & Søn dealer.
WATCH MAINTENANCE GUIDE FOR LAMINATE:
The following is recommended for daily cleaning:
Spray laminate cleaner directly onto the surface in a thin, even
Allow the product to work a few minutes.
Then wipe the entire table top with a damp cloth.
Finally, dry the table top with a clean dry cloth.
If the enclosed laminate cleaner is not effective at removing
difficult marks, it is recommended that you pour concentrated
cleaning agent or washing-up liquid directly onto the area before
wiping it with a damp cloth.
Then wash the table top repeatedly with clean water.
If you use an aggressive cleaning agent, it is a good idea to
first test it on a less conspicuous area as it may cause the
surface to discolor. After cleaning, the table top should be washed
several times with clean water.
Certain chemicals, strongly colored fruit juices, etc. can
discolor the surface if they are left for long periods of time, so
they should be removed as quickly as possible. The easiest way to
remove lines from marker pens is with alcohol, while pencil marks
should be removed with an eraser.
It is not recommended to use abrasive materials such as steel
wool, scouring creams, etc.
Brown soap and soap flakes are also unsuitable for cleaning
laminates as they leave a film which makes the surface mat.
However, this film can be removed with a universal cleaning agent
dissolved in warm water.