Simple Care and Maintenance

 

Cabinetry

  • Melamine Finish

Regular cleaning simply involves wiping with a clean damp cloth. For stubborn grease and grime, use diluted vinegar and water or sugar soap. For spills and stains, the most important thing is to catch the stain early, wiping it with warm soapy water is the first thing to try. Never use any of the following abrasive cleaners: Jif, Ajax, Chemico, Brasso, oven cleaners, neat Janola, wire wool, scourer pads, sandpaper. Please click here for more details.

 

  • Lacquer Finish

Spillages should be wiped with a damp cloth as soon as practical to prevent possible impairment of the finish. Microfibre cloths are ideal for this.

Cleaning should be done using a soft damp cloth or for more stubborn dirt a mild solution of liquid detergent in warm water with a soft cloth should be sufficient. Ensure excess water is squeezed out to leave the cloth damp, and wipe all surfaces dry with a clean dry cloth.

Avoid using any strong solvent type cleaners or any abrasive type cleaners or cleaning materials. These could soften or scratch the lacquer surface.

We recommend you do not use furniture polishes or cleaners that contain Silicone as contamination may occur resulting in difficult repair methods. Do not use any abrasive type polishes.

 

Benchtops

Wipe benchtop surface with warm, soapy water and a damp cloth regularly. Thoroughly rinse and dry the surface after cleaning.

Things such as wine, coffee and etc, particularly when hot, may cause a stain on benchtop surface if they are left too long, so clean them up immediately is essential.

Avoid cleaning the surface with products containing bleach or those with a high basic PH which, if applied extensively, might create whitish streaks. Other products that might harm the surface are industrial solvents, hydrofluoric acid, caustic soda, and varnish solvents.

Granite Stone and Engineered Stone will tolerate brief exposures to moderately hot temperatures, however prolonged direct contact with, or radiated heat from very hot pots can cause thermal shock, discoloration or damage. Therefore we do not recommend placing hot pots, pans, electric frying pans, oven trays, etc. directly from the hotplate or out of the oven onto the benchtop surface. We always recommend the use of a hot pad or trivet to place hot items on.

Do not cut directly on your bench top. Although resistant to scores and scratches, if its original appearance is to be preserved, the use of chopping boards is always advised.

One of the characteristics that makes these surfaces stand out is their high resistance to knocks. However, avoid striking areas of the surface that due to the design of fabrication, may be slightly weaker such as pointed corners, fine edges, and around the sink edge. Don’t stand or sit on your benchtop. Please click here for more details.

 

Maintaining moving parts

Hinges, runners and other parts and accessories should be kept dry at all times. To keep the mechanisms performing at their best, regularly wipe them with a dry cloth, removing any dust and grime that may build up.

Hinges, especially on frequently used doors, should be lightly oiled once a year. The same applies to other fittings with steel hinges. All plastic moving parts do not require regular maintenance.

 

Cleaning plastic parts

Drawers, cutlery inserts, inset dishes, carousel shelves, containers, plastic profiling can be cleaned with a mild washing-up liquid and a damp cloth. Do NOT use aggressive or scouring products.

 

Care advice for stainless steel sinks

Normal dirt can be removed with water and regular washing-up liquid. Rinse with hot water and wipe dry. For stubborn dirt and water marks, we recommend you use a stainless steel cleaner or crème. This also protects with a water repellent protective film. Do not use aggressive cleaning or scouring products. Scratching Stainless Steel will always scratch, and because of the directional polishing marks on many sinks, scratching may show up quite dramatically initially. However, with regular use and periodic cleaning the stainless steel will build up sheen over the years and the scratch marks will become progressively less visible. Please click here for more details.