Buying a GAD piece of furniture is an investment well into the future. Our solid natural materials and natural finishes mean that it can be maintained, looked after and renovated, if necessary even restored to new condition, several times over.
When you receive your furniture, it's time to get to know the materials and construction, so that your furniture can withstand being loved and being part of your everyday life. Our massive natural materials, natural surface treatments and traditional fine carpentry constructions make the furniture durable and easy to maintain.
Below, we will go through how to maintain them, step by step.
When you buy your furniture, the wood is surface-treated and the furniture is ready to use, but keep in mind that it may take a couple of weeks before e.g. linseed oil has fully hardened, so be extra careful with the surface the first time. Never leave damp objects or liquids as this can lead to the appearance of damp spots. Table surfaces need refinishing during the first months, other furniture when the surface starts to look dry (once or twice a year, depending on use/wear).
We like to oil our furniture with plant-based oils as it preserves the wood's natural feel, provides good protection and allows the wood to breathe. Which oil you then choose; natural or white pigmented is a matter of taste. Which product is suitable for maintaining your furniture depends on the surface treatment it has. A linseed-oiled oak piece of furniture should continue to be maintained with linseed oil. We recommend our hot-pressed linseed oil, which has a small addition of Gotland beeswax for additional protection of the surface. For white-oiled oak furniture, we recommend "OSMO Hard wax oil white". If you have white-oiled birch furniture, on the other hand, "OSMO Maintenance wax white" is better suited. The maintenance products must be applied thinly in the direction of the grain of the wood and worked in until the surface feels dry. To get a higher finish and remove possible fiber rise, a super fine sandpaper (400-600) is used before the treatment.
The soap treatment means that the surface is protected by saturating it. Table surfaces that are used a lot should always be dried and cleaned with soap, preferably once a week at first. For maintenance, use a mixture of approx. ½ tablespoon of soap flakes to ½ liter of lukewarm water, stir until the flakes dissolve and the mixture feels a little sticky and runny. Use a sponge or cloth, iron in the direction of the grain of the wood and let dry. Lightly sand with superfine sandpaper (400) if the surface feels rough (fiber rise).
We paint our furniture with paint from Syntema. It is an environmentally friendly water-based paint with a gloss value of 20%. Clean your painted furniture with a damp cloth. Many modern cloths work great with just water, if necessary a little soap can be added to the water.
For care, we recommend ordinary yellow soap, the stone is primed with soap on delivery. During normal maintenance, the stone is dried with a solution of 1 part soap and 8 parts water. If you get a stain, you can put a sponge with a soapy solution on the stain overnight (repeat if it's still there). Tougher stains can be tackled with a degreasing detergent (uncoloured) or chemically pure petrol. Because these degrease, you need to soap the stone again. Then take 1 part soap to 4 parts water. Don't be afraid to scrub a stain with, for example, a nail brush, the stone is more durable than you think. Never use salt for stain removal, it corrodes the stone. It also does not tolerate acidic agents such as citric acid.
Lambskin is good for vacuuming and airing. Liquid that is spilled is soaked up with a cloth or paper towel. Sometimes sticky stains can be removed more easily if you first let them dry and then brush away the dirt. Lambskin that has been soaked can be combed and lightly sprayed with water and the curls will rise again.
Wool is naturally dirt-repellent. Should a stain occur, we recommend wool shampoo or bile soap mixed with water for stain removal. Dab the solution onto the stain (avoid rubbing) and absorb the liquid with a cloth. Repeat until the stain is gone. Bile soap is also recommended for stain removal on furniture covered with wool fabric. Do in the same way as with the lambskin.
A quality leather ages beautifully and lasts a long time with the right maintenance. Keep in mind that direct sunlight can bleach dark leather and darken light leather. Do not use strong cleaning products that can dry out or discolor the leather. Maintain your furniture in two steps. Clean first with a leather cleaning product. Then apply a natural leather wax to prevent the leather from drying out.