Maintenance

It is important that one follows the maintenance instructions where applicable, for all the different parts related to the chair.

As such when it comes to the mechanism no big jobs are required accept perhaps some lubrication oil on metal moving parts. Plastic parts may be cleaned with a damp cloth and water. It is advisable to clean any chrome parts with a dry cloth.

Upholstery materials: Leatherette and pvc may be cleaned with some mild soap and water. When it comes to fabric one is to read the cleaning instructions. Leather is the most sensitive material and one is to make sure to follow the leather cleaning instructions. See below instructions for leather care.

Furniture in daily use is exposed to various strains caused by external factors, for example body oils, perspiration, general wear and tear and color transfer from jeans.

Furniture leather is neither self cleaning nor self-maintaining. Leather absorbs moisture. Spills can leave marks and must be dealt with immediately.

  • Leather has limited elasticity. This means that when stretched, it does not completely return to its original shape. Therefore, when leather furniture is used more or less intensively, the leather may become looser over time.
  • Leather like any other natural material can fade when exposed to direct sunlight over a long period of time. To minimise fading, avoid placing your chair in direct sunlight.
  • To maintain the surface properties of the leather, we recommend that you keep a minimum distance of 30cm between your chair and any source of heat.
  • Leather is not resistant to animals. Do not allow pets on your leather furniture. Their claws may scratch the leather which can lead to an expensive repair. Their saliva is acidic and may also attack the leather finish.
  • In order to avoid stubborn stains protect your leather when using household chemicals e.g., (most) domestic detergents such as window cleaners, bleach and finger nail polish, nail polish remover, glue, shoe polish, paint, corrosive materials. Avoid domestic detergents and ALL products containing solvents and oils, as they may destroy your leather surface. Do not use any traditional household products to remove stubborn stains. Many of these are harsh and cannot be guaranteed safe for use on leather. Do not use a steamer to clean the leather.
  • Certain cosmetics and body care products contain solvents and oils. These products are not beneficial to leather, as they may weaken the leather finish over time. Avoid using your leather furniture with wet hair or with freshly applied hair care products or cosmetics. To avoid build-up of these products, please clean regularly the leather as described.
  • All leathers last longer and look and perform better when preventive maintenance is practiced.
  • Maintain surface appearance and texture by gently wiping your leather once a week with a clean dry cloth or vacuum with a soft brush. This will remove dust.

 The top layer protects the leather and simplifies cleaning, but is nonetheless vulnerable to soiling and wear. If the top layer/top colour is destroyed, the leather may deteriorate faster. Penetrating spills/damage/scratches are normally irreparable and may result in the top color changing character, cracking or peeling off.

Denim clothes and hard textiles such as dungaree jeans expose the leather to strong wear and may leave color on the leather which is difficult to remove without risking destruction of the top color of the leather. Light leather colors in particular are vulnerable to such color contamination.

All furniture leather sold by Ekornes is resistant to light, but changes in color may occur as a result of use and extensive exposure to light. Consequently, furniture should not be exposed to direct sunlight or direct heat from heaters and other sources of heat. 

Remember: leather has a relatively long life-time but can easily be destroyed by incorrect handling. Leather Cleaner is a mild, water-based cleaner and can be used on all pure aniline and pigmented leathers. It will remove soil as well as most water-based stains.
Leather Protection is a water-based protection product for all types of leather except nubuck and suede. This protects against oil, water and alcohol stains as well as everyday dirt and grime. It will also keep your leather lovely and soft, and when used regularly it prevents pigmented leather from cracking.

We recommend your leather furniture is cleaned and re-protected at least every six months.

 

 
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