As a natural wood material, the colour and structure of the outermost layer of veneer/wood may vary (knots in the wood, dark and light areas) from chair to chair. The production aims to manufacture shells with similar structure.
To protect the veneer/wood from wear and tear, the last step is to give it a layer of clear lacquer. The lacquer protects the veneer/wood from UV radiation from sunlight, but the lacquered surface on products in natural wood/veneer will take on a patina within the first weeks of use. Especially light-coloured wood is sensitive to direct sunlight. How much and how fast the surface will patinate depends on the exposure to light.
Never use cleaning abrasives, steel wool or polish. On the contrary, use as mild and lenient a cleaning detergent as possible. Always follow the directions for use provided on the cleaning detergent in question. No cleaning detergent will take away all types of stains. If specific stains have occurred on the furniture, you may have to clean them in another way than suggested in the following.
The following recommendations only apply where the stains are superficial; they do not apply where the lacquer has been penetrated.
Wipe the furniture with a clean cloth. Stains and dirt can be removed from the furniture with a clean cloth wrung in water, or in a solution of hot water and a universal cleaning detergent (ammonia acceptable), soap flakes (1/4 dl (decilitre) soap flakes for 1 litre hot water, cooled), a washing detergent or hot water with about 10% vinegar. Finally, wipe off with a clean, dry cloth.
NOTE, that extension leaves, which for certain table models are put together and stored under the tabletop, must be clean and completely dry before storage.
Warning: Beware of excessive use of water on tabletops with an aluminum edge in order to prevent it from detaching from the tabletop. When cleaning, water should be used only in small quantities, preferably just a damp cloth, and the table should subsequently always be wiped with a dry cloth.
Wipe off loose dust/dirt. Wring a clean cloth in a solution of water and a universal cleaning detergent (ammonia acceptable). Pour a little extra cleaning detergent on the cloth and wash the furniture until all stains are dissolved. Alternatively, the cleaning detergent can be applied directly on the stains - leave it for a while to take effect, before wiping it off again. Wash off with clean water. To avoid stripes/blotches, you should finally wipe the furniture with a clean, dry cloth until it is completely dry.
WARNING: Benzine for cleaning, methylated spirits etc. are inflammable. Only use with caution. Make sure that the room is ventilated.
- Ballpoint-/spirit pen/wax crayon: Benzine for cleaning followed by a universal cleaning detergent
- Chewing gum: Benzine for cleaning
- Coffee/tea: A universal cleaning detergent
- Cosmetics/shoe polish/wax: A universal cleaning detergent
- Fats/oils: A universal cleaning detergent or Benzine for cleaning
- Indian ink: Benzine for cleaning followed by a universal cleaning detergent
- Lacquer/glue: Benzine for cleaning followed by a universal cleaning detergent
- Paraffin wax: Benzine for cleaning
- Printing ink: Benzine for cleaning followed by a universal cleaning detergent
- Red Wine/juice: A universal cleaning detergent
- Soot/nicotine: A universal cleaning detergent
- Finger-prints: A universal cleaning detergent or methylated spirits/a window cleaning detergent
Always wash off with clean water. To avoid stripes/blotches you should then wipe the furniture with a clean, dry cloth until it is completely dry.
For tables, make sure that nothing is placed on the surface in the same place for long, as this will result in stains and discolouring.
Veneer, Lacquered or coloured wood surfaces do not stand moisture, heat or alcohol. All spilt liquids must therefore be wiped up immediately. Hand Sanitizer/rubbing alcohol will not harm the lacquer, but spill should be wiped off immediately.
Veneer, lacquered or coloured wood chairs can be damaged by the edge of a table if banged up against it. This is often seen in connection with tables that have metal edges.
Jeans with riveted pockets and the like can make pressure marks on the veneer, lacquered or coloured wood.