Care of oiled furniture

The regular care and maintenance of oil treated furniture is easy and very effective in the long term. For best results, we recommend that you oil your furniture according to need depending on its positioning and use.

  • First clean the chair thoroughly with a clean cloth tightly wrung out with clean hot water. Then leave the chair to dry.
  • Before applying the oil, lightly sand the wood surface with a sanding sponge or fine sandpaper (grade 180 or 240).
  • Apply the oil using a clean white cloth or a sponge. Do not pour the oil directly onto the wood.
  • Apply the oil in the direction of the grain in a thin, even layer. It is important to treat the entire surface of the furniture.
  • Allow the oil to dry for about two hours, and then remove any excess oil with a clean dry cloth.

If the chair has any scratches, these can be evened out by gently sanding the wood. It is important to sand the wood in the direction of the grain using a sanding sponge or fine sandpaper. After sanding, always wipe the chair with a clean, dry cloth to remove residual dust. Then oil the wood as described above.

For everyday cleaning, use a soft cloth wrung out with clean hot water. Do not use any cleaning agents or chemicals on the furniture.

NOTE : Cloths or sponges which have been used to oil the furniture can ignite spontaneously and must always be kept in an airtight metal or glass container. This also important when disposing of oil soaked materials.

Care of upholstery fabrics

BW_abric_RollsOver time, dust and dirt can cause furnishing fabrics to change color and exacerbate wear. An accumulation of dust and dirt also contributes to a poor air quality, while impairing the fire-retardant properties of the upholstery material. It is therefore important to regularly maintain and clean your upholstered furniture to  retain the appearance of the fabric and to prolong its lifespan..

We recommend that you frequently vacuum your furniture on a low suction setting once a week if practical.

Stain removal
If you are unlucky, it is important to do what you can to remove the stain immediately.

Marks from thick or solid substances (for example wax and chewing gum) should be scraped off as much as possible with a blunt knife or spatula before further treatment. A dried stain can be vacuumed for loose particles before further treatment.

In the case of spills, blot the liquid with an absorbent clean cloth before further cleaning.

Marks which do not contain fat should initially be removed by carefully dabbing them with a clean, lint free cloth or a sponge wrung out with clean warm water. Tackle the stain working from the outer edge and in toward the center. Grease stains can be removed with suitable stain removers. We always recommend that you test your upholstery fabric cleaner on an inconspicuous area before using it on the main part of the upholstery.

Do not use excessive force when rubbing the fabric, as this can damage the fabric and cause loss of color.

To avoid discolorations to the microfibers in the upholstery fabric, it is recommended that you dry the material with a hair-dryer after cleaning. It is important that the upholstery fabric is completely dry before you start using the furniture again.

Be careful with the use of solvents, since these can dissolve underlying upholstery materials. Furthermore, do not use undiluted detergents, bleaching agents, ammonia and soaps intended for hard surfaces on upholstery fabrics.

Caring for loose cushions

If your furniture has loose cushions, it is a good idea to turn the cushions around periodically to ensure they are exposed to uniform wear.

Down-filled cushions should be fluffed and plumped up regu- larly (dependant on usage) to ensure that the down is equally distributed inside the cushion to maintain the shape of the cushion.

Cleaning and impregnation

In general, furniture exposed to normal commercial use should be cleaned two or three times a year. Furniture in private homes does not normally need to be cleaned as often.

Upholstery fabrics made of cotton are often impregnated with fire retardant chemicals. However, the impregnation is not permanent and wears off as the furniture is used and during cleaning, which is why it is recommended to re-impregnate the fabric after the furniture is cleaned.

We do not recommend that wool upholstery fabrics be im-pregnated as wool is naturally dirt-resistant.

Active and regular care removes dirt before it accumulates in the upholstery fabric and damages the fibers. proper maintenance and regular cleaning can significantly extend the lifes- pan of your furniture.

Care of upholstery leather


In so far as possible, we recommend that you do not place leather furniture in direct sunlight or close to heat sources such as radiators or wood-burning stoves.

Semi Aniline leathers.

Regularly vacuum your leather furniture with a soft brush, and avoid using detergents and sharp implements.

Use a wrung cloth for daily maintenance.

Elegance and Vegetal leather

These are gently treated natural leathers of the highest quality. To remove dust and avoid drying-out, the leather should be washed in soap water one to two times a year or as necessary. We recommend a solution of 1/4 dl. white soap flakes for 5 liters of lukewarm water. Use a soft sponge or a cloth. Make sure you distribute the soapy dissolution evenly covering all surfaces and make sure the leather is not soaked. All superfluous soap water should be dried off with a dry cloth.

Care of woven papercord


Papercord is a natural material and has no surface finish. Over time through exposure to daylight, it will gain a beautiful natural patina.

Clean using a solution of 1/4 dl white soapflakes in 1 litre of clean lukewarm water. Wipe the surface gently using a soft cloth or sponge wrung out in the solution and dry at room temperature.

It is important that the papercord is not drenched in the solution and that it is moistened evenly to avoid staining as the surface dries. Repeat the process if the cord is badly soiled. The spillage of liquids that will stain (such as red wine) should wiped away immediately  and not left to stand on the surface .

Care of soaped furniture


Soap is a typical Danish finish applied to beech oak or ash which maintains the natural colour of the timber. With a little care it will look better and better over time, it was Hans J. Wegner’s favourite surface treatment and one of the easiest to maintain.

Soap has several advantages over alternative finishes.

It is a natural product feeding lanolin into the surface preventing

the wood from drying out.

It is an alkaline forming a protective barrier on the surface of the

timber that repels fatty acids such as perspiration or food stains.

It maintains the natural wood colour with it’s gentle bleaching

effect over time.

To maintain your furniture, occasional cleaning using a cloth wrung out in a solution of 1/4 dl white soapflakes in 1 litre of clean lukewarm water is recommended. The chair should be cleaned at least once a year. In hard water areas use boiling water and allow to cool.

For heavily soiled chairs a nylon scouring pad can be used, cleaning along the direction of the wood grain. The Chair should not be soaked with the solution. Wipe away surplus residue with a dry cloth and leave to dry at room temperature. You can apply as much pressure as possible to remove individual marks, this will not spoil the surface of your new furniture.

Never use metal based materials such as wire wool.

All timber will darken a little over time, this is normal although it is always possible to restore a fresh look by cleaning as described.

Factory Finish

Prior to the final light sanding of the furniture in the workshop, a soap finish was applied to all surfaces. A light dusty residue may remain on the surface that can transfer onto your clothing on first use that can be brushed away.


History 1987 –

The company was formed in October 1987 following a visit to the stand of Danish producer Getama A/S at the Danish Furniture Fair earlier that year by its founder and owner Matthew Rhodes.


Matthew with a background selling high quality Danish design in the UK and an admirer of the furniture of Danish designer Hans J. Wegner, sucessfully reached an agreement with Getama to market their Wegner designs exclusively in the UK.
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Dealer Partners

Our dealer partners

Our Brand Agency Cale Associates works with other specialist third party dealers and furniture retailers. Please email for a list of dealers in your area.

Why buy from us

Why buy from Schiangdesign-guarantee

1. Schiang is a recognised authority in the UK of mid-century Danish and Swedish furniture specialising in classic designs by Hans J. Wegner, Niels Otto Møller, Jørgen Gammelgaard and Bruno Mathsson.

2. For over the course of three decades we have been closely connected to the families of the designers we represent and the authorised licensed manufacturers of their furniture. We are passionate about what we sell importing directly from our partners in Scandinavia which is your guarantee that we only distribute original, genuine Scandinavian design.

3. We pride ourselves on our specialist knowledge and the personal service we provide to our customers. We are here to discuss your requirements with you to ensure you choose the best finishes and surface treatments available to meet your individual circumstances.

Our Dealer Partners

Our dealer partners

Our Brand Agency Cale Associates works with other specialist third party dealers as listed below.

Shannon Furniture
68 Walcot Street
Bath BA1 5BD
+44 (0)1225 424222

86 Marybone High Street
London W1U 4QS
+44 20 7935 2077

247 Brompton Road
London SW3 2EP
+44 20 7584 2066

18c River Street
London EC1R 1XN
Tel: +44 20 7837 1900