Day-to-day care and maintenance
On delivery, our furniture is finished and ready for use. We recommend treating Nicolaj BoTM furniture three months after it is taken into use, and subsequently at least once every six months. Wooden kitchen counters and areas more often touched or in contact with water should be treated more often.
Avoid pricking, cutting or otherwise scratching the surfaces. Avoid any contact with strong acids, solvents or staining fluids.
Furniture made from different materials and different surface treatments should be handled according to these very differences.
Here you will find instructions for the treatment of selected materials. We recommend care products from Guardian Protection Products, who develop and produce care and maintenance products mainly for the furniture industry, keeping both the environment and user-friendliness in mind.
If you would like a check-up including a surface treatment and an adjustment of your kitchen, you can book one in our online shop. Care and maintenance products are also available in our online shop.
We hope you enjoy your new kitchen.
Care instructions – oiled wooden furniture
Wood is a natural product, even after the tree is felled and the timber cut. Therefore, wood retains its own distinctive character in terms of strength, structure and sensitivity. As a natural consequence of exposure to light, humidity and use, over time all wooden furniture will go through a change in color. It imparts patina.
Oiled wood is wiped with a dry lint-free cloth or a cloth wrung tightly in warm water. Avoid prolonged contact with fluids.
Iron may stain certain types of wood
Do not let your cast iron pot, candle holders or other cast iron products get in contact with oak and other wood that contains tannin.
The iron starts a chemical reaction turning the wood black. If such damage has been caused already, marks can often be removed with oxalic acid from common drugstores.
After some time, when the wood starts to appear dry and dull once again, you may treat it by applying a thin layer of Guardian Hardwood oil with the soft side of a kitchen sponge. For table tops leave the oil 10-15 minutes. Wipe off excess oil with paper or cloth. Polish well using strokes lengthwise following the grain of the wood. We recommend treating table tops more often than other materials, especially when new.
Matt lacquered wooden furniture and veneer
Since wood is a natural product, even after the tree is felled and the timber is cut, wood retains its own distinctive character in terms of strength, structure and sensitivity. As a natural consequence of exposure to light, humidity and use, over time all wooden furniture will go through a change in color. It imparts patina. We treat wood surfaces with either oil or matt lacquer. Wooden table tops and edges are always oiled while other parts of the kitchen are varnished with matt lacquer, which protects the wood and seals off the surface without visibly altering its properties or appearance.
Wipe lacquered wood with a soft lint-free cloth wrung tightly in warm water, if need be adding some dish detergent.
We recommend the use of Guardian Varnish Wash for the maintenance of matt lacquered wood. Guardian Varnish Wash is water-based and free of solvents.
Apply with the soft side of a kitchen sponge or a soft lint-free cloth and wipe excess product with a cloth wrung tightly in warm water. If possible, dry off following the grain of the wood.
Linoleum is a natural product made from oxidized linseed oil, resin and fine wood fibers, among other things. Linoleum has a porous surface, imparts patina in the same way as wood and in many ways shares the same properties as wood. With the correct maintenance, a small scratch in the surface may repair itself over time.
The linoleum surface must be kept dry, and prolonged contact with fluids must be avoided. Dish detergent works as a drying agent on linoleum and should therefore not be used for cleaning it. On a day-to-day basis, linoleum may be wiped with a moist cloth wrung tightly in warm water. One teaspoon of Guardian Linoleum Soap may be added per liter of water.
Every six months — or as often as needed — linoleum surfaces should be treated with Guardian Linoleum Soap using the soft side of a kitchen sponge. Leave the soap on for five minutes and remove excess soap with absorbent paper or a lint-free cloth wrung tightly in warm water
For an even result, the entire surface should be treated in the same treatment cycle.
Steel table tops
Nicolaj Bo™ only manufactures stainless steel table tops of the highest quality. The table tops will be delivered without any scratches or wear. As a result of general use, the surface will slowly acquire small scratches and marks, which — at least in the beginning — will stand out and be quite visible. After some time, all the small scratches and marks will blend into each another, as a testament to the use of the kitchen table tops and to life unfolding with and around them. We regard this as patina.
Wipe with a cloth wrung tightly in water and on which you have put dish detergent. Never wipe with paper towels, the rough side of a kitchen sponge or other scratching materials.
We recommend the use of Guardian Stainless Steel Cleaner to maintain steel table tops and remove stains, fingerprints etc. Spray a thin layer on the table top and leave it for one minute, approximately. Next, wipe with dry, soft lint-free cloth. If very dirty, repeat treatment.
Always wipe/polish lengthwise.
Dining table, oak and linoleum
The NB40 dining table is made from three types of material: varnished oak table legs, oiled oak table top edges and linoleum surfaces. The different materials require the same day-to-day care, whereas their maintenance requires different maintenance products.
We refer to our instructions for the individual materials – varnished wood furniture, oiled wood furniture and linoleum.
We refer to our instructions for the individual materials – varnished wood furniture, oiled wood furniture and linoleum. instructions Oak must be treated with oil whereas linoleum is treated with a soap solution. Therefore, we recommend treatment of the two materials consecutively, one after the other. Begin by treating the oak following the instructions in ‘Care instructions for wooden furniture and veneer’. If possible, make sure the oil does not come into contact with the linoleum surface. If this happens, wipe immediately with a cloth tightly wrung in warm water. Then, carry out a maintenance treatment of the linoleum with a soap solution as described in ‘Care instructions for linoleum’. If the soap solution comes into contact with the wooden edges of the table top, these edges must immediately be wiped off with a moist cloth. Repeat the treatment appr. three months after putting the table into use and subsequently about every six months depending on daily use.
NB80 Hexagonal tiles – daily care and maintenance
Our hexagonal tiles are made of black moisture-proof MDF-glued linoleum or matt lacquered oak veneer. The tiles resist humidity and can be dried off and washed regularly but are not water-proof against enduring liquids.
Daily care and maintenance – oak wood tiles
To carry out daily care, dry lacquered wood with a soft lint-free cloth wrung in warm water, possibly adding a little dish detergent.
We recommend using Guardian Lacquer Wash to maintain matt lacquered wood. Guardian Lacquer Wash is water-based and contains no solvents.
Apply by using the soft side of a kitchen sponge or a soft lint-free cloth, drying off any excess product with a cloth wrung tightly in warm water.
Daily care and maintenance – linoleum
Look up the seperate Nicolaj Bo care instructions for the material Linoleum.
NB80 Hexagonal tiles - Installation
Included: tiles and high tack adhesive.
Purchase: adhesive and a sealant gun, if needed.
Mounting: Best result are achieved on an even wall surface.
1. Use the included high tack adhesive for a trial installation on the wall to explore and find the desired pattern.
2. Now take down one single tile (start from the height of the kitchen table top) and work your way up, applying the adhesive you purchased and mount the tile.
3. Mount the remaining tiles one by one. All joints must be tight. We recommend not using filler between the tiles.
Two pieces of advice:
If the tiles are to be placed behind a kitchen sink with a risk of enduring water on the counter top, we recommend applying filler between the bottom row of tiles and the table top counter. The tiles resist moisture and humidity but not lasting spills, however. If the wall surface is uneven, an extra layer of thick filler can be applied, so you can make adjustments. This, however, takes a more skilled installer.
Enjoy your work!