Carl Hansen & Søn

chairs

MAINTENANCE OF CHAIRS

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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 chairs 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.

PAPER CORD
The woven paper cord seats seen in many of Hans J. Wegner's chairs, for example the Wishbone Chair, CH46 and CH44, usually require no or very little maintenance, as the strong paper cord is designed to last for years.

If you want to freshen up the seat, you can wipe it using a cloth tightly wrung out with a neutral colorless soap solution. However, it is advisable not to do this too often, as it can wear the paper cord unnecessarily.

Carl Hansen & Søn's paper cord is treated with a thin layer of wax which helps to prevent stains. Discoloration of the paper cord may, however, result from spillages of strong liquids, for example red wine, fruit juice or strongly colored food, on the seat.

If you are unlucky, the best thing to do is to remove as much of the fluid as possible with a tightly wrung-out soft cloth. Be careful not to rub the liquid into the paper cord, but just carefully blot the affected area. Never use washing-up liquid on wicker.

Like other furniture, the white woven seats in particular, but also seats made of natural paper cord, can be discolored by strongly dyed fabrics, for example a pair of new jeans. If you want to prevent this from happening, it is recommended that you use a cushion on the seat. However, the natural material is designed to patinate beautifully and naturally over time.

Paper cord is a natural, cool, comfortable and durable material. It lasts for many years, but can be replaced or repaired by a skilled craftsman if necessary.

SOAP-TREATED FURNITURE
Regular care and maintenance of soap-treated solid wood chairs is both easy and effective. Regular maintenance should be given as required and it will improve the durability of the surface.

Wood soap and sanding sponges can be purchased from your nearest Carl Hansen & Søn dealer. Alternatively, you can use high-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.

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.

Then wait about 10 minutes.

Then wipe the chair 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.

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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.

OIL TREATMENT SHOULD BE PERFORMED AS FOLLOWS:
First clean the chair thoroughly with a clean cloth tightly wrung out with clean hot water. Then leave the chair 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.

Allow the oil to dry for about two hours, and then remove any excess oil with a clean dry cloth.

If the chair 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 chair 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.

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.

WATCH MAINTENANCE GUIDE FOR OIL:
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LACQUERED FURNITURE - CLEAR LACQUER AND COLOR
Regularly maintaining lacquered surfaces is easy and straightforward. Wipe the chair as necessary with a soft cloth wrung out with clean lukewarm water. As the lacquer seals the surface of the wood, the chair will not be affected by daylight in the same way as soap or oil-treated furniture.

We advise against the use of cleaning agents or other forms of chemicals on the wood.

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TEXTILES
Cleaning and maintaining upholstered seats and backs regularly is important to retain the appearance of the fabric and to prolong its lifespan. With time, dust and dirt can cause furnishing fabrics to change color and exacerbate wear. An accumulation of dust and dirt also contributes to a poor indoor climate, while impairing the fire-retardant properties of the upholstery material. It is therefore important to regularly maintain and clean your upholstered furniture.

For more information on maintaining textiles, please refer to the text Maintenance of upholstered sofas & armchairs.

LEATHER
In so far as possible, we recommend that you do not place leather furniture in direct sunlight or close to heat sources such as radiators or wood-burning stoves.

Regularly vacuum your leather furniture with a soft brush, and avoid using detergents and sharp implements.

For more information on maintaining leather, please refer to the text "Maintenance of upholstered sofas & armchairs.

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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