These woods usually have a lacquered finish and require only minimal maintenance. For daily care use a soft cloth, or even better a chamois, rinsed in cold or lukewarm water and thoroughly wrung out. If additional cleaning is needed, Copenhagen carries an emulsified polish formulated for polishing and cleaning of all lacquered surfaces. The polish has an excellent cleaning power and will remove grease, dirt and finger marks from the surface and provide a long lasting glossy shine. Click here for details about the polish.
Teak is extremely easy to care for and very resistant to stains. As a matter of fact, there is no other hard wood as durable as teak for home and office use. If necessary it may be cleaned daily with a dry or slightly damp cloth. To keep the teak looking beautiful, it should be oiled every 6 to 12 months. The oil may be applied with a cloth or fine triple zero steel wool. Always rub in the direction of the grain. The steel wool will help remove stubborn stains that may have formed on top of the wood. After oiling, the teak must be thoroughly rubbed with a dry, absorbent cloth. All the oil must be rubbed off the surface. In fact, it should feel just as dry to your touch as it did before you started to oil. Teak, properly cared for, will change color slightly, the grain structure will be more pronounced, and it will become more beautiful as it ages. Click here for more information about Copenhagen's teak oil.
Even though these natural materials are very hard, they may stain from food or liquids that are spilled on them. Dining tables should be wiped with a damp cloth after meals. For cleaning, soap and water or a cleaner such as Windex can be used. We highly recommend that these materials be polished with Johnson's Paste wax or similar product. Frequent waxing will help protect the surface. Please note that carbonated soft drinks may make stains if not promptly wiped up.
Keep the leather clean at all times using a slightly damp cloth or a vacuum cleaner with a soft brush at a reduced suction power. Treat the leather as often as you feel it is necessary, but as a general rule once a year is enough, with Copenhagen's leather cleaner/conditioner. This lotion should not be left on the leather to dry, but instead it should be wiped off thoroughly with a dry, absorbent cloth. Do not use this or any other lotion on "naked" or unprotected leathers. Leather is a natural material and, as such, cannot be expected to be "perfect". Lines, scars and blemishes from healed wounds, as well as tiny holes from insect bites are to be expected. Such "imperfections" are considered to be hallmarks of fine, top grain leather. If possible avoid direct sunlight as this may cause the color to fade and the leather to dry out. Also please note that continued exposure to perspiration over time may deteriorate the leather. If a dog “takes up residence” on a sofa, oil from the fur will deteriorate the leather. We suspect the same is the case with cats. So, give the pets a blanket for their “spot”. Click here for more information on Copenhagen's leather cleaner and other care products.
The best advice is regular cleaning as this will help extend the life and retain the look of the furniture fabric. Weekly vacuum cleaning at a reduced suction power is recommended. For “deep cleaning” we recommend calling a professional.