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.

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.

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.

Semi-aniline leather

This kind of upholstery leather is mostly aniline dyed and then pigmented which means that it is equipped with a covering and saving colour application. The surface may be plain (without any natural grain) or embossed – depending on the quality and the leather finish.

Care instructions

Dust regularly, clean of dry dirt from time to time, treat it occasionally with special care lotions (but not too often) but avoid strong rubbing.

Dust
Dust with a soft cloth

Dried dirt
Wipe the furniture with a damp cloth. After that, dry with a woollen cloth. Then let it dry a while and afterward, treat it with thin applied leather care products.

Fluids
Soak them immediately with an absorbing cloth. Do not rub!

Food / oil
Please remove immediately. Follow-up treatment like dried dirt.

Aniline leather

Aniline colours penetrate the skin deeply through the pores but without changing or covering the surface of the hide. The various structures of each hide remain untouched and also colour variations within one hide are unavoidable. All natural remarks like fat wrinkles, bug bites, skin injuries and more remain visible and underline the value of the leather. It is nothing to complain about but a remark of genuine leather.

Care instructions

Aniline leather does not bear to sunlight, Please protect your furniture of direct treatment. Dust regularly with a soft cloth, occasionally treating with special leather care products (but not too often) – please avoid strong rubbing.

Dust
Remove with a soft cloth

Dried dirt
Please dissolve some mild detergent or hard soap in lukewarm water. Moisten a soft cloth, wrap it well and wipe the stain extensively. Dry with a woollen cloth. Then let it dry for a certain time. Finally treat it with thin applied leather care products.

Fluids
Soak them immediately with an absorbing cloth. Do not rub!

Food / oil
Please treat it like dried dirt. Should you still see the stain, please do not do anything more, the leather will absorb the stain slowly.

FAUX LEATHER

Covered fabrics are generally resistant to everyday wear and tear. With regular care, they can keep their original softness and shine for a long time to come.

Faux leather should be cleaned regularly (at least once a week) to maintain its surface and to prevent dirt and bacterial buildup. Take particular care of light colours as they are more sensitive to dirt. All spots, soil or other blemishes should be immediately cleaned to reduce the risk of permanent stains. Some clothing and accessories contain pigments (such as in jeans) which can migrate onto light colours in particular. The risk of this happening increases in high temperatures and humidity and the resultant discolouration can become permanent. Avoid extended exposure to heat sources and regularly remove all traces of sweat.

Avoid using undiluted alcohol and/or acetone, cleaning products with abrasives, solvents, perchlorethylene, any type of wax or trichlorethylene as these can cause immediate, permanent spots and destroy the surface of the woven plastic.

Cleaning

Dust
Dust off using a soft cloth

Dirt and water-soluble spots
Clean regularly with a pH-neutral cleaning agent and a damp sponge/cloth. Always finish off with clean water without cleaning agent. Important! Always avoid excess water getting into the seams.

Ink, coffee, wine and discolouration (such as from jeans)
Must be cleaned immediately to avoid permanent absorption into the vinyl. Remove by gently rubbing with a cotton cloth or soft sponge that is slightly damp with soap and water, diluted cleaning agent or soap solution. Wipe off with water and dry with a clean cloth.

Oil, grease and difficult stains
Wipe gently with a clean, damp towel using a 'mild' solvent (such as pure petroleum). Dry the stained area without rubbing using a dry fabric cloth and then allow to air dry. Rubbing may cause colour changes.

Ink and permanent marker
Can be removed by gently wiping the stain with a clean cloth damp with diluted alcohol. Do not use a concentrated solution and do not rub. Remove the solution with water. Use a clean cloth to dry after cleaning.

Bacteria

A disinfection agent can be used, but should be tested in a discreet area first. Read the instructions prior to use and always follow supplier recommendations. Wipe off gently with a clean cloth dampened with disinfectant. Wipe the surface with a dry, soft cloth and allow to dry.

Note that the use of cleaning agents may cause discolouration.

QUALITY-GUARANTEED DURABILITY

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 qualities.

LIGHTFASTNESS, TEXTILES

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.

DURABILITY, TEXTILES

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.

FLAMMABILITY, TEXTILES

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.