Polyurethane and paper cord — Materials and care guide

Here you will find information about and a guide on how to maintain Montana’s polyurethane and paper cord products.

About the material

The polyurethane cord used for the Panton One Chair has a core of nylon to ensure a long life span of the product. The cord is UV based, which leaves the colours fresh for years.

The paper string is made of FSC-certified paper that comes from sustainable forests and is biodegradable. Be aware that this is a natural material that will change over time as you use the chair. 

How to care for polyurethane cord and paper string

The polyurethane cord and paper string on the Panton One chair requires little or no maintenance. The paper string is strong and develops an attractive natural patina over time.

The chair's seat and back should be vacuumed regularly with 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 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 the light-coloured cords. These maintenance guidelines are applicable to the entire Panton One series.

Paper consists of fibres, which means that the string will extend over time as the chair is used. A new Panton One chair will not look the same as a used one. There will be small irregularities on the surface of the paper string, overlaps and possibly small knots, where the fibres have extended.

Montana works with two colours of paper string – natural, which is unbleached, 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 coloured 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 string; instead, use a neutral, colourless soapy solution.

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