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Caring for your timber products

 

Caring for your timber products

Our old-fashioned quality construction means you will enjoy many happy years from your furniture. Solid timber products have stood the test of time for the best all-round reliability of any furniture. To retain the look and character there are some simple steps to follow:

    • To polish the timber, apply sparingly, a fine, light, silicone-free furniture oil and polish in the direction of the grain. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on the label

 

    • Never use a furniture polish containing silicone. Please always check the label (A well known general-purpose pressure-pak spray advertises its suitability for furniture use but the silicone content will quickly destroy the lacquer.)

 

    • Furniture wax is especially helpful for recycled timber furniture and should be applied every 3 to 6 months. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on the tin.

 

    • Any spills should be immediately removed with a slightly damp cloth to prevent damage to the coating.

 

    • Beware of porous objects like pottery vases standing for long periods on tables; water can seep through to the table and sit there unnoticed.

 

    • Timber surfaces and coatings are not heat proof. Use heat-resistant coasters and place mats.

 

    • Some hand-thrown ceramic mugs have a base like sandpaper. Place a coaster under these items.

 

    • Slide retractable doors straight out (ie 90 degrees to the front) before attempting to shut, and open fully before retracting straight in.

 

    • Timber surfaces are light sensitive. Do not place in direct sunlight or leave coasters or decorator items in place for weeks at a time. Open extension tables periodically so the leaf gets a regular amount of light.

 

    • Timber products are sensitive to humidity. Take care not to place directly under heating or air-conditioning ducts, or too near to open fires.

 

    • Teak timber is rich with natural oils and, in some rare cases, can mark flooring. If in doubt place a plastic barrier between the teak and the carpet.

 

    • Clean marble tops with Windex or similar product. Use only products that do not contain silicone.

Caring for Marble, Granite and Stone Benchtops

With care your new marble, granite and stone benchtops will last a lifetime, by follwing some easy tips and protecting surfaces from heat and spills they will look as good as the day they were installed.

Marble, Granite & Travertine

  • Normal ‘Housekeeping’ maintenance involves only periodic washing with clean, tap water and neutral (pH-7) cleaners. “Soap less” cleaners are preferred because they minimize sticking and filming. However, mild phosphate-free, biodegradable liquid dish-soaps, soap flake or powders which contain no aromatics are acceptable if rinsing is thorough.
  • Stone surface should be first wetted with clean, hot (not boiling) water. Then, using the cleaner solution, wash in small overlapping sweeps, from bottom-up if a vertical surface. Rinse thoroughly with clean, tap water to remove all traces of soap or cleaners solution change the water in the rinse pail frequently. Dry with soft cloth or cotton-flannel, and allow to thoroughly air-drying. Chamois skin may be used in lieu of cotton cloth in this process.
  • Spills of any type should be immediately removed and water-rinsed. Coasters should be placed under all glasses, particularly those containing liquors or citrus juices.
  • Hot-plates should be used under heated dishes.

Generally, prevention will save a great deal of time spent on cures and remedies, especially since damages to stone, are often irreparable. Polished stone should receive the same care and consideration that is given to a fine wood finish.

Marble & Travertine

Staining

  • Coasters and placemats should be used to prevent staining for all drinking glasses or dishes’, including water glasses as marble is susceptible to all types of stains including water rings. Thus, avoid leaving any spilled substances on marble for any period of time to reduce staining (including juices, alcoholic beverages, oils, greases, cosmetics, and standing water).
  • Marble is sealed with penetrating sealer to help prevent the absorption of stains into the stone. Therefore it is recommended that marble be resealed periodically with a penetrating stone sealer on all horizontal surfaces.
  • Do not use chemical products for cleaning such as acid based, Jif or window cleaner on your new bench top as this can cause a scum build up, eventually taking away the high gloss finish that granite & marble achieves. 

Etching

  • Marble is a calcareous stone and is acid sensitive. Calcareous stones are readily dissolved in acid; therefore acidic products, such as lemon or tomato juices should not be used on marble. These will cause the stone to etch – the surface finish will dull and change texture. Wiping spills immediately and taking caution to use only cleansers specified for stone will help avoid etching your marble.

Burning

  • Marble does have the potential to scorch, so hot pots and pans should not be set directly on marble bench tops. Use trivets, potholders and placemats to protect marble surface
  • We do not recommend placing very hot items (such as saucepans and oven pots) directly on any stone bench top surface, as this can cause extreme THERMAL SHOCK. Granite is heat resistant up to between 150 and 200 Celsius in temperature; Damage may not be noticed immediately if this is done regularly, however over time hairline cracks may appear reducing the strength of the product.

Others

  • Be careful of the weak part of the kitchen bench tops, for example the front & rear of the sink and cook top. Downward pressure to these area’s will cause cracking or breakage.

Granite

Don'ts

  • We do not recommend placing very hot items (such as saucepans and oven pots) directly on any stone based bench top surface, as this can cause extreme THERMAL SHOCK. Granite is heat resistant up to between 150 and 200 Celsius in emperature; Damage may not be noticed immediately if this is done regularly, however over time hairline cracks may appear reducing the strength of the product.
  • Do not use chemical products for cleaning such as acid like chemicals, on your new bench top as this can cause a build up eventually taking away the high gloss finish that granite & marble achieves.
  • Lighter colored granites will be more prone to staining than darker ones. Wiping spills immediately will help avoid most potential staining. Your bench top is sealed with stain-resistant sealer after installation. We recommend regularly re-sealing your granite according to the sealer’s instruction. 
  • Products such as coffee, red wine, cooking oils, butter, lemon juice, tomatoes and anything else acidic should be wiped off the bench top as soon as possible. Take care to use the proper cleaning agents; those that are ammonia based can etch the granite and dull its polish. 
  • While cutting directly on granite surfaces will not affect the large majority of granites, cutting boards are recommended. Repeated use of a knife in the same place on a granite bench top eventually wears down the polish and will blunt your knives.
  • Be careful of the weak part of the kitchen bench tops, these are normally; for example at the front & back of the sink and cook top. Downward pressure to these area’s will cause cracking or breakage.
  • Although granite is a solid and strong material it will not expand or contract to any measurable degree and therefore should not be subjected to excessive weight, stress or extreme temperatures. This can cause granite to fracture or crack when used as a workbench!

 

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