Lacquered MDF — Materials and care guide
Here you will find information about the material and a guide on how to maintain Montana’s lacquered MDF products.
About the material
Montana lacquer is available in 40 colours. The lacquer is developed in collaboration with Akzo Nobel and is water-based and UV-curing. The lacquer is formaldehyde-free and the evaporation does not contain any harmful substances. Emissions of organic solvents have been reduced to a minimum, which is below the requirements of the EU VOC Directive. By using water-based lacquer, Montana protects the environment from solvents and contributes to a better indoor climate at home and in the workplace.
MDF is an abbreviation for Medium Density Fibreboard. It is a special category of wood fibreboards. Common with fibreboard is that it is made of hardwood or coniferous wood, which is comminuted into fibre size and compressed into sheets. A distinction is made between fibreboards made by a wet process without the use of glue and fibreboards made by a dry process using glue. Our MDF is PEFC certificated.
We offer water-resistant MDF, which is typically used in environments where occasional wetting or humidity occurs. Moisture-resistant MDF boards do not warp like regular MDF boards when exposed to humidity levels above 50%. It also won't peel like regular MDF wood when water spills onto the surface. Montana Bathroom and Living Things are made from water-resistant MDF.
How to care for lacquered MDF
MDF furniture such as the 12 mm Montana Shelving System, 16 mm Montana Shelving System and Montana Free and Montana Mini 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, inks and strongly coloured fruit juice may cause discolouration 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 powder, similar agents with abrasives, or cleaners that leave a film on the surface, such as brown soft soap.
Rubber pads, which are 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 lacquered modules, as the oil can bond with and damage the lacquer.