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General Care Instructions

The number one thing to avoid when caring for cabinetry, especially kitchens, is using abrasive cleaners and applicators.  In some cases, these products inflict irreparable damage and should be avoided.

The chosen cleaning process depending on the finish or product being cleaned.  As a general rule, most surfaces should be wiped with a soft, damp cloth using a mild detergent diluted in warm water. Wipe the surface dry with a soft, absorbent cloth to prevent streaks, and any water pooling that may create water damage over time.

 

Important things of note for specific surfaces:

Paint finishes, and clear finishes applied to timber surfaces:

It is very important that any low sheen paintwork is not rubbed repeatedly, with or without product, as the surface can polish and become glossy.

The paint used is very similar to paint used on motor vehicles, so if your kitchen has a gloss paint finish a simple wax with most car care products is a great way to look after paintwork.

 

Laminates: HPL (Formica / Wilsonart etc), LPL (Melteca / Melamine etc), Acrylics, Thermoformed panels and Stones tops (Granite & Marbles):

In most cases, soap and water or a mild detergent is all that is required to maintain its lustre.  If necessary, apply common, non-abrasive, household cleaners directly on a damp cloth and wipe the surface, rinsing thoroughly after cleaning.

Care must be taken using spices such as Turmeric as staining can occur.

 

Stainless steel:

Routine cleaning - Stainless steel looks best if cleaned regularly with plenty of water.

Everyday household cleaners.

Vinegar:  To clean and polish stainless steel, moisten a cloth with undiluted white or cider vinegar and wipe the surface clean. Rinse.

Club Soda:  Remove streaks or heat stains by rubbing with club soda.

Olive Oil or Baby Oil:  Give longer protection to high traffic areas by lightly rubbing with olive oil or baby oil.  Polish & shine with a soft cloth.

 

Care Links:

https://www.melteca.net/technical/2018/5/29/melteca

https://www.laminex.co.nz/technical-resources/document-browser

https://www.corian.co.nz/technical.php