Soap treated and untreated wood

Only solid wood furniture is available untreated. Untreated wooden surfaces are very sensitive to dirt, fat and liquids, and very humid environments can raise the fibres in the wood, which makes the surface less smooth, as well as more sensitive to dirt. Coloured liquids can cause very deep spots.

Soap treated surfaces are similar to untreated wood in appearance and touch. Soap treated surfaces are easier to maintain as the surface is lightly treated.

Both untreated and soap treated woods age very beautifully and develop a patina over time. As the surface will become more treated through everyday use and washing in soap solutions, the surface will also grow more resistant to dirt.

Use a clean dry soft cloth. For cleaning, use a cloth of lukewarm water and wrung well. Dirt and spots of oils should be removed with a light solution of soap water. Use 1/4 DL soap flakes to 1 L of warm water.
After the spots have been removed the entire wooden surface must be covered in the soapy solution and afterwards dried off with the well wrung cloth.

Twice per year, furniture should be washed with a soap solution as described above. Apply the soapy solution to all surfaces. Distribute the soap solution evenly, but be careful not to soak the furniture. Dry of with a soft cloth wrung well.

Caution: Applying the soap solution periodically will enhance the dirt-resistance of the surface. However, overuse of soap can destroy the wooden fibres and natural colour of the wood. Especially for oak, which is rich in tanning acids, overuse of soap can cause the surface to become brown and dull.

Never use sulphates, brown soap, linseed oil or cleaning materials which contain iron.

Oak surfaces should be protected from steel and iron objects, as the metal may react with the wood and leave permanent black spots.