Care & Maintenance recommendations
Our furniture is designed to withstand everyday wear and tear. But, there is still reason to take care when cleaning the workspace. If you follow our simple but effective care recommendations, you will be able to enjoy your Kinnarps furniture for even longer.
Care recommendations – textiles
Vacuum cleaning with a soft nozzle is normally sufficient for cleaning fabrics. Stains should always be removed as quickly as possible. In most cases it is enough to wipe with a damp cloth, but for of more persistent stains you can use a pH-neutral detergent or a foam cleaner for professional use. Always use white cloths and avoid excessively dampening a wool fabric, as there is then a risk ofpermanent stains. If necessary, a foam cleaner can also be used
for more thorough cleaning if this is allowed in the fabric's washing instructions. Removable fabrics may either be washed in water or dry cleaned, according to the washing instructions for each fabric.
Care recommendations – other materials
Everyday cleaning: wipe the surface with a soft, dry cloth. Heavy duty cleaning: wipe the surface with a soft, slightly dampened cloth. A mild cleansing agent may be used. To remove stains, use a non-abrasive cleaning agent.
Wood: This is a living material whose grain's pattern, colour tone and lustre vary naturally to begin with. Light from light fixtures and sunshine hasa certain effect on the colour and lightness of the wood surface. Objects that are not moved around on a table top, for example, may therefore cause permanent deviations in colour and lightness in the wood surface. Warning! Avoid using excessive amounts of water and strong cleaning agents.
Laminate: Everyday cleaning: wipe the surface with a soft, dry cloth. Heavy duty cleaning: wipe the surface with a soft cloth with ammonia (windowcleaner) to avoid marks after drying. To remove stains, use a non-abrasive cleaning agent.
Metal: Everyday cleaning of lacquered surfaces: wipe with a slightly dampened cloth and a mild cleaning agent. Everyday cleaning of textured lacquered surfaces: wipe with a slightly dampened lint-free cloth and a mild cleaning agent. Warning! Alcohol is the strongest agent that may be used on a heavily soiled surface if the lacquer is not to lose its sheen.
Plastic: Everyday cleaning: non-solvent, non-abrasive cleaning agent.
Our range only includes fabrics that meet those European standards that we feel that you, as a customer, have the right to demand. The test results describe the most important properties of the material in different respects and thereby give you the opportunity to compare the different
Lightfastness is a testing method that tests how fabric is faded by light, mainly sunlight. The fabric is exposed to controlled lighting in a laboratory for a certain period, after which the change in colour is assessed against a nonexposed sample. Lightfastness is normally lower for lighter colours than for darker ones. The scale used to indicate the result has eight logarithmic steps, which means that one step upwards gives twice as good a measure of lightfastness. Step 8 represents the best value. Our minimum
demand on lightfastness is a value of 5.
The Martindale test entails the fabric being rubbed against a specific wool fabric with a certain movement and load. The fabric is observed for threads breaking, and the test, which is considered a measure of the longevity of the fabric, is then discontinued. Our minimum demand on durability is 50,000 turns Martindale, which is considered very high. In many contexts, 35,000 turns are considered sufficient for public environments.
The propensity of a fabric to catch fire can be tested in several different ways. The current European standards EN 1021-1 and 2 test a miniature sofa. EN 1021-1 entails ignition with a cigarette and EN 1021-2 ignition with a simulated match, and the fabric is to withstand catching fire for a certain period. All standard fabrics in our assortment meet the requirements of EN 1021-1 and 2.
There are also several national standards with varying requirements against which selected fabrics in our assortment have been tested. Among these are the British BS 5852 crib 5, the German DIN 4102 and the French NFP standards. All of these place higher requirements than EN 1021-1 and 2.