We suggest you observe the following hints to keep your new kitchens looking new and bright for many years to come. If uncertain or if you require any further advice, please don’t hesitate to contact Art of Kitchens on 1300 652 319

Laminate

Laminate is a hard wearing material, but like all materials, it can be damaged if used without care and maintenance.

Cleaning

A wipe over with a clean soft cloth should be sufficient to keep all laminate surfaces clean. Soiled or light stains are removed with warm soapy water or with a common detergent. Do not use any cleaner that is abrasive or strong acidic or alkaline ingredients.

Stains

Spills of any nature should be wiped up as soon as they occur. Most laminates are resistant to many household products, but they are not absolutely stain proof.

Scratches & Cuts

Chopping and cutting directly on the surface can damage laminate. A cutting board should always be used. Sliding objects can cause scuffing. Fine scratches or scuff marks can often be removed by the application of a good quality car polish.

Burns

Most laminates will withstand boiling water and temperatures up to 150 degrees. However, we strongly recommend the use of protective mat or chopping board to prevent the surface being scorched, damaged or the contact being reactivated.

Irons, kettles, fry pans, toasters, coffee machines, steamers, pans or dishes taken from the oven or hot plate may have a temperature more than 155degrees. If by accident a slight scorch mark appears, it may be impossible to remove.

Keep appliances that produce steam and/or heat away from underneath overhead cabinets.

 

For further information please read the Laminex care & maintenance instructions.

 

Polyurethane Doors and panels

Clean up any spillages immediately.

Do not use abrasives, solvent based or cream cleaners to clean you painted doors, they can be easily cleaned using warm soapy water and a soft cloth. More stubborn strains can be removed with ammonia-based cleaning products, like Windex. A small inconspicuous area should be trialed prior to full application.

At no time should cleaning items be left to soak on the surface as surface staining will occur.

Doors can be damaged by mechanical damage. Avoid contact with sharp and or hard objects, like cutlery, pots, pans and utensils. Should the panels be physically scored, chipped or scraped in any way please contact Art of Kitchens for the best method of repair.

Scratched damage can usually be repaired simple by application of the top coat using a fine camel brush.

Art of Kitchens will charge a call out fee to repair any chips, scores or scrapes.

Natural timber veneers

 

Wood veneered products are easy to maintain. Kitchen cabinets can usually be cleaned by wiping with warm soapy water. Veneers are reconstructed from natural timbers and will react to direct and indirect sunlight. Like all-natural products, colour variation will occur over time. Prolonged exposure to direct light may cause timber veneers to undergo sudden and irregular colour changes. Discolouration caused by exposure to sunlight and ultraviolet rays cannot be considered a material defect.

For further information please click on the following New Age Veneers fact sheets

 

 

Solid timber benchtops

Timber is a natural product. Colour and grain variations such as knots, gum veins and squiggles are considered natural. Most solid timber benchtops are designed to float (not be glued) at a change of direction. Tis not considered faulty workmanship. Height variations +/- 2mm are standard industry tolerances.

Care should be taken around joins.

Any accidental damage to the surface should be resealed immediately to prevent the ingress of moisture.

Postformed / Square edged and timber edged benchtops

Particular care should be exercised with post formed and square edged benchtops in the area of joins. Whilst the benchtops are manufactured using high quality moisture resistant substrate, swelling of the joins may occur if they are subject to excessive water or heat.

Avoid the use of irons, kettles, frypans, toaster, coffee machines, steamers etc. over or near joins. Any water spills that occur near the joins should be cleaned up immediately.

Solid surface products (e.g. Corian)

Wahroonga traditional kitchen

Solid surface Benchtops can easily be kept clean using a sponge and warm soapy water. Solid surface benchtops are non-porous, and most spills and stains simply wipe clear. Unlike many other surfaces it is recommended that you use a foam pad with a gritty cleaner, like Ajax. This will enable you to remove small day to day scratches.

Even through small accidental knife scratches can be easily repaired, solid surface benchtops should not be used as chopping boards. Solid surface materials will blunt knives and a wooden or polyethylene chopping board is a more useful kitchen resource.

Solid surface bench tops are more heat resistant than most other bench top materials, but still hot pots or pans should not be applied directly to their surface. Serious damage may occur if extreme localized heat is applied.

For further information please view the Corian care instructions.

 

Engineered stone (e.g Caesarstone)

Roseville Chase kitchen design. Art of Kitchens

To clean, use water and a mild detergent. Stubborn grit can be removed using cream cleaners and plastic scourer. Bleach and Acetone can also be used if required but only on very stubborn stains.

If the stain is not removed using the above procedures please contact Gitani Stone.

Heat Resistance

Engineered stone cannot tolerate moderate hot temperatures for long periods of time without warping, discolouring or otherwise being damaged. Care should be taken to avoid direct contact for extended periods.

Do NOT place hot plates directly from the oven onto the stone.

Do NOT use heat generating appliances that give off constant heat, such as rice cookers, directly on the bench top.

Sealing of stone, repairing chips & cracks

Please contact our staff to arrange an obligation free quote (02) 9838 8880.

Tough Yes – Indestructible NO!

Do not use products that contain trichloromethane or methylene chloride, such as paint removers or strippers. Avoid any highly aggressive cleaning agents like oven cleaner that have high alkaline/PH levels. Should the surface be accidentally exposed to any of these damaging products, rinse immediately with water.

For further information please view on Caesarstone care & maintenance instructions.

Natural stone (e.g granite and marble)

West Pennant Hills kitchen

Natural Stone is a hard but porous stone. Variations in colour, grain, structure and veining are to be expected. Small holes, pot marks, fine cracks, crystals and imperfections are common in most granite colours and are unavoidable.

Natural Stone comes in varying slab sizes, and as such, joins in bench tops maybe unavoidable.

Natural Stone might stain if it comes into contact with many household items. Cleaning a natural stone surface can be safely cleaned with mild soap and warm water. Stubborn grit can be scrubbed with nylon scourers. If streaking occurs on the benchtop buff stone using a fine soft cloth.

As with polished timbers, an occasional waxing will rejuvenate the stone and protect from staining and scuff marks. (A wax is available from Gitani Stone)

Avoid any kind of chemical cleaning products.

Stubborn Stain Removal

Wine, Beetroot juice, etc. (nonfat)

  • Mix molding plaster and pure liquid bleach to a paste consistency.
  • Spread over stain and allow drying.
  • Scrape off paste and wash with water
  • Repeat procedure as required until the stain is removed.

Oils & Fats

  • Apply Akemi Oil & Grease Remover (available from Gitani Stone) onto stain.
  • Once dry, remove with wood or plastic scraper clean thoroughly with water.
  • Repeat procedure as required until the stain is removed.

(It is recommended you try the above procedures in a discreet area first. Older stains are harder to remove.)

Natural Stone can tolerate moderately hot temperatures for long periods of time without warping or discoloring, however extreme temperature changes should be avoided.

Granite might crack if it us abused or misused in anyway. DO NOT under any circumstances sit or stand on Stone bench tops.

In the event of accidental damage or abuse by scratching or cracking, there is very little that can be done to rectify.

For Stone sealing, stain removal, chip repairs & any other restoration works, please contact Gitani Stone to arrange an obligation free quote phone 9838 8880.

Kickboards

Eastern suburbs kitchen design

  • Avoid excessive water around the base of the cabinets and the kickboards. Never flood the kitchen area and take particular care when washing floors.
  • Wipe moisture off immediately.
  • Failure to follow instructions may cause kickboards to swell and/or be discoloured by mould.
  • Resultant damage will not be covered by warranty.
Stainless steel

Double bowl sink | Kitchen sinks

This applies to any stainless-steel products inside, or outside, where Stainless Steel is exposed to harsh elements like Weather, Chemicals.

The term Stainless steel means exactly that, “stain less”, rather than, “no stain steel”.

In fact, Tea staining can occur when iron oxide particles in the air land on the product, then causing a tea stain. This usually affects the horizontal surfaces; however, it can be removed, by cleaning with nylon cloth and gumption, and or a metal paste cleaner.

Once this has been done, it is recommend to use a stainless steel cleaner, such as Rapelle Stainless Steel Cream Cleanner , and Stainless Steel Protecta on a regular basis to prevent re-occurrence.

This will leave a protective membrane on the surface of your Bench Work.

Stainless steel unfortunately still requires to be maintained on a regular basis, as does any product left in the elements.

Cleaning tips

Do not go against the grain!

Always rub stainless steel in the same direction as the grain. Rubbing against the grain will spoil the finish and stainless will lose its shine. Worse still, rubbing against the grain can damage the surface by creating microscopic crevices where dirt can collect. This can lead to corrosion spots.

Fortunately, it is usually easy to tell which the right direction is.

If you have to scrub a stain to remove it, make sure you use a clean nylon cloth with chalk-based cream cleaner. But test an inconspicuous area first as you could end up with a bright polished spot which will not match the rest of the surface.

Glass or mirrored splashbacks

Undermount sink | Kitchen sinks
Please do not touch your new glass splash back for at least 24 Hours.
Touching or wiping the glass could result in movement of the glass causing permanent misalignment of the joins and sealant.

Please do not wipe up any remaining moisture on or near the glass, this moisture is only mild detergent & water used in the tooling off of the silicon sealant to get a neat result. Wiping of this moisture could result in Smudging or smearing of silicon on the glass or bench tops. This proves to be very difficult to clean and rectify.

Power points are screwed off but are left loose on purpose. Please leave power points loose for a minimum of four days after installation to allow the glue to cure to its maximum strength. Tightening of the powerpoint before this time could result in misalignment of joins and sealant. After four days remove powerpoint cover and use a Phillips head screwdriver to tighten the two fixing screws until the powerpoint stops moving around, the glass is all toughened so there is no chance of cracking or breaking glass.

The procedure for cleaning the glass is the same as cleaning any other glass or mirror in your house e.g. glass/window cleaner, methylated spirits, vinegar etc. For the removal of heavier fats or grease around the cooking areas use any fat & grease remover first. Use of any abrasive cleaners may result in scratching the glass surface.