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Product Care

TIMBERS

Depending on thefinish, you willneed to maintain the timber product in various ways. Do not store under plastic as wood is a natural product and needs to breathe. Storage under plastic encourages mildew to grow on timber.

TIMBER INDOOR FURNITURE FINISHED WITH TWO PACK POLYURETHANE

Apply non-abrasive, solvent-free cleaners with a soft cloth. Any use of harsh cleaners or any solvent will damage the surface and void any warranty. Avoid the use of strong detergents, glass cleaners and silicone based products. Preferably use products with natural ingredients. You can repair minor abrasions and scuffs to timber using Mirotone Teak Wax, Scratch-fix pens, or similar. Polyurethane is not suitable for outdoor use as the varnish will crack and flake in the sun and rain.

METALS

CHROMED STEEL

Chrome plated items are for interior use only. Use WD40, vinegar, rubbing alcohol or baby oil, on a clean soft cloth to remove general grime. Products that contain an oil substance like baby oil or WD40 will protect the surface and help keep it clean. Rust will usually appear on chromed items where the surface has been deeply scratched to expose the mild steel beneath, leaving the mild steel open to the elements. Remove any rust by balling up some aluminium foil and rubbing it gently on the rusty areas to smooth and shine them up. Alternatively, use a clean soft cloth with some Easy Off BAM Power Grime Lime Soap Scum cleaner or similar for the really dirty parts of the legs.

STAINLESS STEEL

Frequent cleaning using warm water, with or without a gentle detergent, is sufficient to keep Stainless Steel looking good.

Steps for cleaning Stainless Steel:

Fill a bucket with warm, soapy water or a weak ammonia and water solution. Stainless Steel is durable, but can be sensitive to harsh cleaners, so for routine cleaning, use a gentle detergent, such as dish soap. Dilute the detergent with very warm water. It is better to have too little detergent than too much.

Wet a soft towel or dish cloth in the soapy water. Avoid using an abrasive cloth on stainless steel. Instead use a soft cloth or nylon sponge, dip it in the water-detergent solution, wring it out thoroughly. If you prefer to use a cleaning brush, choose one with soft bristles. Softly wipe the surface. You should not have to press very hard. If the stainless steel has a polished finish, wipe with the grain, not against it. Avoid scrubbing with a circular motion. Rinse and wring out your cloth frequently to keep it damp. This will avoid smearing potentially abrasive contaminants over the surface of the steel.

Rinse thoroughly with warm, clean water. Using a clean cloth or sponge, wet and wipe down the stainless. Be sure to remove the entire detergent residue - it will leave streaks and a rainbow-coloured discolouration. Fingerprints and mild stains are easy to remove with a variety of stainless steel cleaning products available from supermarkets and hardware stores. Fine scratches in the stainless steel frame can be buffed out with a Scotch Brite pad. It is recommended that the surface of the grain is followed in the same direction when buffing out scratches.

POWDER COATED STEEL

Frequent cleaning using warm water and a soft cloth, with or without a gentle detergent, is sufficient to keep Epoxy Coated steel looking good. This is the only method we recommend to clean these products. Harsh chemicals can erode the surface, which exposes the steel underneath and rust can then start.

UPHOLSTERY

Prompt cleaning is always recommended and for best results follow the manufacturer's instructions precisely.

FABRIC

Fabric care depends on the colour, material and grade of the fabric. Always carefully follow manufacturer 's instructions on how to care for and maintain the particular fabric and if unsure, call for advice.

LEATHER

Specific care methods are used to clean the different grades and types of leather, so contact the leather supplier for instructions. Generally, leather should be wiped regularly with a colourfast, damp white cloth. Do not use detergents, solvents and abrasives; and protect from sunlight, heat sources and humidity.

VINYL

Wipe the surface of your PVC, leatherette and woven plastic upholstery fabric with a clean cloth dampened with chemically neutral or warm pure soap/water solution. Wipe surface using a clean dry cloth before the surface has dried. Particular attention should be made to headrests, armrest and seat cushions to remove body oils which cause hardening of the fabric surface. Fabric hardening is not recognised as a manufacturing fault. For treating specific stains, wipe quickly from outside in. Always remember that prompt attention yields more complete removal. Stubborn grime may require gentle scrubbing with soft bristle brush.

WARNING

Do not dry clean, use steel wool or heat extraction machine on upholstery fabric. Do not use furniture polish, abrasive or paste cleaners. Regular use of cleaners containing hydrocarbons or similar additives may cause damage to the fabric and harden surface. Strong solvents such as acetone are detrimental to the fabric surface. Avoid exposure to excessive heat and direct sunlight. Avoid sharp objects. Non-colourfast dyestuffs found in some articles of clothing may transfer dye to fabric surface. Dye transfer is not recognised as a manufacturing fault.

POLYPROPYLENE

Polypropylene is a thermoplastic polymer which is rugged and unusually resistant to many chemicals and solvents. Most marks on polypropylene furniture should be able to be removed with warm mild soapy water. However, resistant marks can be treated with common household cleaners and solvent products such as methylated spirit or Spray and Wipe. Avoid harsh scouring powders and harsh abrasive cloths and brushes. This cleaning information also relates to the composite material 70% polypropylene/20% polycarbonate/10% glass fibre. Avoiding build up of dirt and grime on the chairs is the best way to enjoy the products for years to come.

POLYCARBONATE

Clean with soft and non-abrasive damp cloth with soap or neutral liquid detergents diluted with water. Avoid using ethyl alcohol or detergents that contain even small amounts of acetone trichloroethylene, ammonia or solvents.

WERZALIT TABLE TOPS

During the manufacturing process of Werzalit Table Tops the melamine surface is treated to be mildew and bacteria resistant and the product as a whole is heat and impact resistant. For best results wipe with a damp soft cloth. For stubborn marks, use a non-abrasive cleaner such as Spray and Wipe. Do not scrub the surface with any abrasive cleaner such as Jiff as this damages the surface and will make variations in colour and smoothness appear.