Materials and care
Buy now and keep forever. Here are our guidelines on how to best maintain your new Montana product.
At Montana Furniture, we do our best to create a sustainable product that can last for generations. By following a few simple steps, you can maintain your new Montana product in the best way possible. Check out our material and care guidelines for each material covering our large variety of products. Click on the material type you want to care for:
MDF and veneer furniture such as the 12 mm Montana Shelving System, Montana Free, Montana Mini and Montana Bathroom with a lacquered surface should be cleaned with a clean, dry cloth or with a cloth wrung out in clean water and then immediately wiped dry with a clean, dry cloth.
Any persistent stains can be removed with drops of concentrated detergent; then wipe the surface with a slightly damp cloth. For stains that do not wash off, wipe with a cloth wrung out in water with added liquid detergent (max. 1 teaspoon to 1 liter of water). Then immediately wipe the surface with a clean, dry cloth. If in doubt, test on an inconspicuous part first, as some products may damage the lacquer. A microfibre cloth can be a good alternative to detergents.
Certain chemicals, ink and strongly coloured fruit juice may cause discoloration if left on the board for a long time, as the colour pigments bind to the surface. Never use alcohol (or any other solvents), steel wool, scouring power, similar agents with abrasives, or cleaners that leave a film on the surface, such as brown soft soap.
Rubber pads which is usually attached under interior objects to prevent scratches often contain a softening agent that can bond with and damage the surface lacquer after prolonged contact. Oiled objects must not be placed directly on or in the module, as the oil can bond with and damage the lacquer.
Sustainability in 42 colours - a body-mind philosophy
Since 2007, we have exclusively used water-based lacquer colours, which neither smell nor contain solvents. Every eight years, Montana develops a new colour palette. Our current palette was created in collaboration with colour expert Margrethe Odgaard. Read more about Margrethes creative process towards a new and more sensual colour palette.
Surfaces in glass for example top plates is cleaned with a clean, dry cloth or with a cloth wrung out in clean water and then immediately wiped dry with a clean, dry cloth. A microfibre cloth can be a good alternative.
Detergents with spray function for glass cleaning can also be used, follow the product’s instructions and be careful only to spray on the glass. Do not use acid-based detergents for glass nor abrasives as this will scratch the glass.
Top plates in marble is a natural material, consisting of mainly lime formed under pressure at a certain temperature, which makes each marble top plate absolutely unique.
Marble must be saturated in order to prevent grease and dirt from penetrating. This can be done by using an impregnating agent. Soap flakes can be used: dissolve 2-3 tablespoons of soap flakes in 1 liter of hot water, then apply the foam to the top plate and let simmer for 5 minutes without drying out. Then wipe the top plate with a clean, damp cloth. Regular use of soap flakes helps saturating the tabletop. Daily cleaning with a wiped cloth.
Marble does not tolerate acid or other aggressive and acid cleaners, including vinegar and lemon juice. If you waste any acid on the top plate, wash it immediately.
To remove loose dirt on a Bachelor chair, use a brush and if necessary mild soap and lukewarm water on a cloth. Upholstery washable, 30°C mild wash. Do not use softener. Please note the washing may reduce the fabric’s original impregnation and resistance to stains.
Remove stains on the GUEST stool by dabbing a cloth wrung in lukewarm water on the stained area. If necessary, add a neutral detergent to the water. Do not rub the stain. Afterwards, dap the area with a dry cloth.
Regarding the textile panels for the Montana Free shelving system, we recommend vacuuming the textile panels regularly.
Remove stains on the Pantonova cushion by dapping a cloth wrung in lukewarm water on the stained area. If necessary, add a neutral detergent to the water. Do not rub the stain. Afterwards, dap the area with a dry cloth.
Environment and quality
At Montana, we take the environment and quality seriously. Over 25 years ago, we introduced our own set of environmental account in consultation with the Danish Environmental Protection Agency.
Wash the Pantonova furniture with diluted detergent using a brush. Then rinse the chair in clean water. Wipe with a cloth or air dry. Prevent rusting on the stainless-steel frame by wiping the frame regularly with oil. Apply the oil with a cloth and then wipe with a dry clean cloth. The oil will leave a thin protective film, which will preserve the steel for as long as possible.
The cleaning of e.g. Panton Wire in chrome or lacquer should be done by wiping a cloth that has been firmly wrung in lukewarm water or in diluted detergent. Never apply oil on chrome and lacquered frames.
The polyurethane cord and paper string on the Panton One chair require little or no maintenance. The paper string is strong and develops an attractive natural patina over time. It is a very eco-friendly material, which is biodegradable and can be incinerated.
As paper string is a natural material, please be aware that it will change as you use the chair. Paper consists of fibres, and over the years the paper string will extend as the chair is used, so it will not remain absolutely tight to the frame. For that reason, a new chair and a used one will never look the same. There will be little irregularities on the surface of the paper string – and there will also be overlaps and possibly little knots where the fibres were extended during the string production.
Montana works with two colours – natural, which is un¬bleached, and black, which is dyed. The paper string has been treated with a thin layer of wax to help prevent staining and to make cleaning the material easier. Textile dyes from non-colourfast clothing, e.g. denim, may rub off on the natural-colour paper string. Discolouration of the paper string may also occur if strongly colouring liquids are spilt on it, e.g. red wine or fruit juice.
In the event of a mishap: Remove as much of the liquid as possible with a thoroughly wrung-out, soft cloth. Be sure to avoid rubbing the liquid further into the paper string; instead, gently dab the affected area. Never use detergent on the braid; instead, use a neutral, colourless soapy solution. If you wish to freshen up the seat, you can wipe it with a thoroughly wrung-out cloth dipped in a neutral, colourless soapy solution. It is advisable not to do this too often, however, as it can excessively wear the paper string. Paper string is a naturally cool, comfortable and resistant material, designed to last for years.
The polyurethane cord has a core of nylon. The seat and back should be vacuumed regularly using a soft brush or wiped with a lint-free cloth, wrung firmly in lukewarm water, with added detergent if necessary. Never use oil on the plaited cords. Do not use chemicals or strong detergents on the chair. There is no guarantee against fading of polyurethane cords when exposed to direct sunlight. Textile colours from non-colourfast clothing, e.g. denim, can rub off onto brightly coloured cords.
These maintenance guidelines are applicable for the entire Panton One series.
Design requirements and quality control ensure that Montana shelving, when used correctly has a long life circle. For the correctly mounted and deployed Montana products, and for use under normal circumstances including load recommendations, the Montana Furniture A/S 10-year guarantee covers design, moving parts and functionality. For chairs, rector® wash basins, electronic and hydraulic components: 5 years.
The maintenance of Douglas wood on for example a JW Table should be with a white pigmented hardening oil for table tops, 3-4 times a year as needed. The wood should be clean and dry before oiling. Divide the oil in an even, rich layer with a lint-free cloth and leave it for 3-5 minutes. Dry off all excessive oil with a dry lint-free cloth and dry off an extra time with a clean and dry cloth (polish). For daily maintenance, we recommend using a cloth wrung out in water.
The maintenance of a tabletop in oak on for example a JW Table should be with a white pigmented hardening oil for table tops, 3-4 times a year as needed. The wood should be clean and dry before oiling. Divide the oil in an even, rich layer with a lint-free cloth and leave it for 3-5 minutes. Dry off all excessive oil with a dry lint-free cloth and dry off an extra time with a clean and dry cloth (polish). For daily maintenance, we recommend using a cloth wrung out in water.
Daily cleaning of tables such as from the HiLow series can be done with a clean cloth wrung in lukewarm water. Do not use washing-up liquid or regular detergents, as these will leave the linoleum dried up. We recommend using linoleum care products 3-4 times a year as needed. Linoleum care products can be purchased at Montana Furniture A/S or in furniture shops.
Daily cleaning of laminated products such as the SHL Table can be done with a clean cloth wrung in lukewarm water and then immediately wiped dry with a clean, dry cloth. A more in-depth cleaning should be done with an all-round detergent (1-2 drops per 1 liter of water). Dry off with a clean, damp cloth to remove all soap and finish off with a clean, dry cloth.
Do not use washing-up liquid, as this can leave a film on the surface, nor scouring powder and nylon sponges, as these often will mattening or scratch the laminat. Specific laminate cleaning products can be purchased at Montana Furniture A/S or in furniture shops.
Rubber pads which is usually attached under interior objects to prevent scratches often contain a softening agent that can bond with and damage the laminated products after prolonged contact.
Oiled objects must not be placed directly on or in the module, as the oil can bond with and damage the surface.