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 less.
Secondly, the soap also works as an cleaning agent by removing the dirt in the upper layer of the wood. When a soaped 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 timber. The higher the concentration of soap, the whiter / paler the wood becomes or remains. The more you lather, the whiter / paler the wood will be or remain, leading to better protected wood.
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.
Difficult stains such as grease and red wine can be removed by applying small amounts of pure soap to the stain and covering it with a damp cloth. Let this sit for approximately 10-12 hours, before soaping the surface again.
Regular cleaning with a damp cloth.
The soaps should be repeated, depending on the usage and dirtiness:
- dining and coffee tables: once every 1 to 3 weeks (clean regularly along the legs too, to avoid color differences)
- dressers and closets: once every 1 to 3 months
The soap mixture consists of: 1 part soap and 10 to 40 parts of water. The ratio depends on the intensity of usage of the furniture and the color tone you want to achieve.
- For heavy usage we recommend a ratio of 1:10 to 1:30.
- For less intensive usage, you only need 1:30 to 1:40.
Before using a mixture of white pigmented soap, stir or shake the mixture well to mix the white pigment with soap.
It is advisable to keep this mixture in a closable 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.