Carl Hansen & Søn




Cleaning and maintaining upholstered furniture 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.

We recommend that you vacuum upholstered furniture often (possibly at half power), ideally every week.

Upholstery fabrics made of polyurethane should be wiped with a clean dry or damp cloth or vacuumed with a soft brush.

If you are unlucky, it is important to do what you can to remove the stain immediately.

Marks from thick or solid substances (for example wax and chewing gum) should be scraped off as much as possible with a blunt knife or spatula before further treatment. A dried stain can be vacuumed for loose particles before further treatment.

In the case of spills, blot the liquid with an absorbent clean cloth before further cleaning.

Marks which do not contain fat should initially be removed by carefully dabbing them with a clean, non-fluffy cloth or a sponge wrung out with clean warm water. Remove the stain working from the outer edge and in toward the center. Grease stains can be removed with suitable stain removers. We always recommend thatyou test your upholstery fabric cleaner on an inconspicuous area before using it on the main part of the upholstery.

Do not use excessive force when rubbing the fabric, as this can damage the fabric and cause loss of color.

To avoid discolorations to the microfibers in the upholstery fabric, it is recommended that you dry the material with a hair-dryer after cleaning. It is important that the upholstery fabric is completely dry before you start using the furniture again.

Be careful with the use of solvents, since these can dissolve underlying upholstery materials. Furthermore, do not use undiluted detergents, bleaching agents, ammonia and soaps intended for hard surfaces on upholstery fabrics.

If your furniture has loose cushions, it is a good idea to turn the cushions around periodically to ensure they are exposed to uniform wear.
Down-filled cushions should be fluffed and plumped up regularly (dependant on usage) to ensure that the down is equally distributed inside the cushion to maintain the shape of the cushion.

In general, furniture exposed to normal commercial use should be cleaned two or three times a year. Furniture in private homes does not normally need to be cleaned as often.

Upholstery fabrics made of cotton are often impregnated. However, the impregnation is not permanent and wears off as thefurniture is used and during cleaning, which is why it is recommended to re-impregnate the fabric after the furniture is cleaned.

We do not recommend that wool upholstery fabrics be impregnated as wool is naturally dirt-resistant.

Active and regular care removes dirt before it accumulates in the upholstery fabric and damages the fibers. Proper maintenance and regular cleaning can significantly extend the lifespan of your furniture.

You are very welcome to contact your nearest Carl Hansen & Søn dealer about the possibility of purchasing an impregnation product for home use. Remember to take careful note of the recommended application and to carefully follow the instructions for use.

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.

Carl Hansen & Søn uses the following leathers: SIF, Thor, Loke and saddle leather. Read more about maintaining and cleaning the different types of leather below. 

SIF is an aniline leather.Aniline leather is made of raw hides of the highest quality. The leather has a completely natural bare surface, where all the natural markings are visible, for example insect marks. This highlights the unique character of the leather while giving this exclusive material a rustic charm. The leather's natural grain structure is preserved, which means that it 'breathes' and therefore provides optimum sitting comfort. Over time, daylight and use give the leather its own unique character and a beautiful patina.

Thor is a semi-aniline leather which has been given a light protective top coat. The treatment makes the leather more robust, easier to maintain and ensures good wearing qualities.
The leather has the same natural look as aniline leather, and is very comfortable.

If thorough cleaning is necessary, we recommend using a solution of boiled water and mild, natural good-quality soap flakes for furniture.

1. Use 50 ml of soap flakes for each liter of water. Whisk the soap flakes in hot water until they are completely dissolved.
2. Once the water has cooled to room temperature, work the lather into the leather with a soft cloth. It is important that you only use the lather from the solution and that you do not soak the leather.
3. Once the furniture is dry, polish the leather with a soft cotton cloth.

Saddle leather has the same properties as SIF and is maintained in the same way.

Loke is corrected-grain pigmented leather with a uniform surface which has been treated to make the leather extremely hard-wearing. Pigmented leather is soft and comfortable and has only a few visible natural markings. It is easy to maintain, practical and strong as long as it is treated properly.

For everyday care and cleaning, we recommend using a clean soft cloth wrung out with lukewarm water.

If your furniture has loose cushions, it is a good idea to turn the cushions around periodically to ensure they are exposed to uniform wear.
Down-filled cushions should be fluffed and plumped up regularly (dependant on usage) to ensure that the down is equally distributed inside the cushion to maintain the shape of the cushion.


To maintain solid wood, for example furniture legs, please refer to the text "Maintenance of solid wood chairs".



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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