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MAINTENANCE OF TABLES

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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, temperature 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 radiators.

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 avoided.

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.

SOAP-TREATED FURNITURE
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 durability.

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.

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SOAP TREATMENT SHOULD BE PERFORMED AS FOLLOWS:
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, 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.

Once you have used all the wood soap supplied, you can buy more soap from your nearest Carl Hansen & Son dealer.

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 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.

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OIL TREATMENT SHOULD BE PERFORMED AS FOLLOWS:
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 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 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 furniture.

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 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
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.

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GLASS
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 selected areas.

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
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.

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The following is recommended for daily cleaning:

Spray laminate cleaner directly onto the surface in a thin, even layer.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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