Lacquered surfaces:Skovby lacquer surfaces can be cleaned by wiping furniture with a clean cloth well wrung out in lukewarm water if necessary add a few drops of liquid detergent per litre of water - followed by wiping with a clean, dry cloth. Do not use abrasive cleaners such as scouring powders or creams.Laminate surfaces:For daily cleaning of a laminate tabletop Skovby recommends wiping it with a cloth firmly wrung out in lukewarm water. Afterwards wipe the surface with a clean, dry cloth. If the surface needs a more thorough cleaning you can use liquid detergent (a few drops per liter of water). Wipe it afterwards with a clean, moist cloth and finally a clean, dry cloth. Do not use scouring powder or nylon sponges as these will mat or scratch the laminate.
Oil-treated surfaces:An oil treated piece of furniture has had a natural treatment that gives a rustic appearance. Oil treatment enhances the natural differences of the wood and just as various parts of an item will absorb the oil differently, they may also dry out in a different pace, giving the item an uneven appearance. This is natural and is evened out at further oil treatment. It may therefore be necessary to oil before use. We recommend Natural oil or White oil from Skovby Care Collection for maintaining oil treated furniture.
Always clean the surface before treating it with oil. If the surface is scratched, grind it carefully along the graining using a soft grinding sponge (grit 220). Clean the surface with a cloth well wrung out in lukewarm water added a few drops of uncolored washing-up liquid (pH neutral). If necessary add a few more drops of washing-up liquid. Afterwards wipe the surface with a clean, dry cloth. Leave the wood to dry for about two hours after cleaning, before treating it with oil from Skovby Care Collection. Apply the oil directly onto the surface in an even, thin layer and rub it in gently with an uncolored cloth/sponge. After 2-3 minutes surplus oil is wiped off with a clean, dry cloth. It is very important that this is done while the surface is still wet. It will take the oil up to two days to harden completely and provide maximum protection. Repeat this treatment 2-3 times a year or when needed.
Please note that before the oil has hardened it can rub off on clothing. This cannot be washed off. Please also note that oil-soaked rags and sponges are liable to spontaneous combustion and therefore must be stored safely in airtight metal containers or burnt under supervision immediately after use. For daily cleaning wipe the furniture with a clean, dry cloth or a cloth well wrung out in lukewarm water (if necessary added a few drops of washing-up liquid per litre of water), followed by wiping with a clean, dry cloth.
Soap-treated surfaces:This Skovby furniture undergoes basic soap treatment at the factory but in order to quickly achieve a dirt and moisture repelling surface treat the product with soap before putting it to use and then repeat the treatment 2-3 times a year or when needed. Skovby recommends the use of a Natural Wood Soap. If you wish to maintain the light color of your furniture Skovby recommends that you use White Wood Soap every third time you treat your furniture.
Alternatively you can treat your soap-treated furniture with a solution of white soap suds. Dissolve 1/2 dl of white soap suds into 1 litre of boiled water. Stir thoroughly and let the mixture cool down to body temperature before applying. Skovby recommends de-mineralized water for oak as tap water contains forrous iron that may cause discolouration of the wood. Apply using a clean cloth or sponge. Apply lengthwise with the wood evenly and avoid blots and stripes. Along end grains only wipe once as is can absorb much more moisture and could cause the wood to crack if too much is applied. Surplus soap is wiped off immediately with a clean cloth well wrung out in lukewarm water. Should the treatment cause the wood to rise and become a little rough to the touch, you can sand along the graining of the wood using abrasive paper grit 220 and then wipe the surface. Do not use steel wool. Excessive use of soap may darken the wood.
Please note that the furniture needs soap fat and not water. Therefore do not apply water or a weak soap mixture as the subsequent drying may cause the wood to crack. Too much water and incorrect treatment may cause discoloration of the wood.
Good advice and simple rules to remember to keep your furniture looking its best:
1. Do not place hot items directly on your furniture.
2. Use coasters to protect the surface against hot, damp and coloured objects (colour may come off). Do not use cork coasters as damp can pass right through and into the surface of the item.
3. Always protect the surface when using sharp utensils.
4. Moisture is the worst enemy of all wooden furniture and there-fore any spilt liquid must be wiped off immediately. The tabletop should not be covered with an airtight material such as plastic or an oilcloth for more than 12 hours.
5. Never place furniture too close to radiators or heaters.
6. In order to keep the colour of the wood, direct sunlight should be avoided as much as possible.