maintenance using soap

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Soap as a maintenance agent for wooden furniture works in two ways.

Firstly, soap acts preventively. After each soap treatment, a saturation of the surface by the coconut and soy grease follows, disallowing dirt and moisture are to
penetrate into the wood. Secondly, the soap also works as an cleaning agent by removing the dirt in the upper layer of the wood. When a soaped piece of furniture is delivered to you it has already been soaped several times, requiring only regular maintenance then.

The soap (white pigmented or natural) is manufactured from raw plant materials without the use of colors, fragrances, preservatives or other artificial additives.

The soap is highly concentrated and has to be diluted with water prior to appliance to the wood. The higher the concentration of soap, the whiter / paler the wood becomes or remains. As you apply the soap more often, the wood will become or remain more white or pale. The wood is therefore better protected.

Dirt and stains can be removed by diluting the soap, and applying this to the rough side of a scouring pad. Cleaning the furniture in the direction of the woodgrain with pressure, depending on the intensity of the stain, should decrease the dirt or stain. Wipe the area with a clean, damp cloth. If necessary, repeat several times. Afterwards, soap the furniture again according to the instruction manual.

Regular cleaning with a damp cloth.

The maintenance with soap should be repeated, depending on the usage and to what extent the furniture is dirty:
• dining and coffee tables: once every 1 to 3 weeks (clean regularly along the legs of your furniture too, to avoid colour differences)
• dressers and closets: once every 1 to 3 months

Add 10 parts of water to the concentrated soap from the bottle.


Before using white pigmented soap, stir or shake the bottle well to mix the white pigment with soap.


It is advisable to keep the dilution with water in a sealable bottle or spray bottle, ready for use.


Apply the mixture with a cloth (dish cloth or microfiber cloth) and soap the whole piece of furniture in the direction of the woodgrain. Let it soak for about 2 minutes.


Then wipe the furniture with a clean, damp cloth removing excess soap and dirt. The water will evaporate very rapidly, leaving a new layer of soap in the wood.


It can occur, especially in oak, that the wood fibers open after the first maintenance with soap. The furniture then feels rough. In the maintenance box you will find a piece of sandpaper 400. Then sand, in the length of the wood grain, the surface soft again.

Do you have any questions? Your dealer can inform you or Mail to pilat@pilat.nl