Kitchen Installation Care Guide
Now that you’re all set and ready to go, we’d like to give you a bit of information to help keep everything working perfectly and looking great. With just a little bit of care, you can really help to increase the life of your products, helping them look as good as they do today, long into the future.
When we’ve installed your appliances, do make sure that you register them all for any extended manufacturer’s warranty they might be covered by. You’ll find all the information you need included with each individual appliance.
Plywood & Veneered Surfaces
As with any wooden product, plywood and veneer sets should be protected from oils, stains and water. Don’t worry, we’re not saying they mustn’t come into contact with these things; just that exposure should be minimal. So, any spills or drips should be wiped over immediately with a damp cloth, just because repeated or prolonged contact will cause long-term damage. Areas to watch include doors near to kitchen sinks, bins, hobs and oven units. Protect these areas from staining, and every now and then you could apply a new coat of wax just to keep the surface ship shape, Don’t forget though: it’s important to protect the areas from staining in the first place because it’s not a good idea to seal in any stains.
A bit of warm soapy water goes a long way with laminate and should be enough to keep it looking great on a day-to-day basis. Still, if you’re getting a bit of dirt, grubbiness or streaky marks building up, glass cleaner will help you cut through them, so long as you constantly polish dry with a soft cloth afterwards. Please don’t ever use furniture polish, bleach or any other corrosive type of cleaner on your laminate, and if you do happen to have an accident with these or any other staining materials like beetroot or turmeric, please wipe them up immediately. For stubborn stains like marker pen and superglue, a wipe-down with acetone should do the trick. Failing that, you can use a weak bleach/ water 1/8 solution, but remember that bleach can damage the surface irreversibly. If you are using bleach or acetone, please don’t leave the chemicals on the surface: instead, make sure you wash with soapy water and wipe dry with a clean soft cloth. One more thing: don’t forget that laminate surfaces don’t have superpowers, and they can be scratched, cut and burned if you don’t treat them well. It’s also always a good idea to use a trivet or a cutting board whenever you think you might need one – don’t be tempted to cut corners. Our craftspeople would cry if they knew you were!
Abet – Care instruction
Formica – Care instruction
10-Year Manufacturers Warranty
Just like most surfaces, a quick wipe down with warm soapy water and then a quick dry with a soft cloth will do a fine job of Corian’s daily care. You can tackle more stubborn dirt with a rub down using an ammonia-based cleaner. Unless you have a high gloss or dark Corian surface, if staining does happen, use a cream cleaner followed by a secondary wipe-down with warm soapy water to remove the grittiness of the cream cleaner. If you get nail varnish on your Corian worktop, don’t be tempted to use acetone here. You’ll need a non-acetone nail polish remover for this, and please rinse the surface carefully afterwards. If the stain is still visible aftercare, contact us who will then contact the Corian Warranty Centre for more help. Don’t forget, Corian is a relatively soft material and you can accidentally nick or cut it with knives and other sharp implements. Don’t worry though one of the great things about Corian is that it can be repaired, so damaging your gorgeous new Corian surface isn’t the end of the world (even if it feels like it). Having said this, Corian doesn’t take kindly to having hot pans or similar items placed on its surface. Blistering can happen if you do this, and although it is repairable, we don’t recommend that you think of repairs as part of your general cleaning regime – they should definitely be a last resort.
To clean your Corian sink, remove any food and debris, fill your sink 1/3 parts bleach/water, then open a window for ventilation and leave it for 30 minutes while you have a brew. Your sink should now be looking great. To avoid having to do this any more than necessary, we recommend using a good slug of hot water to rinse away any old tea, coffee or dirty water from the bottom of the sink. Eventually, tea and coffee will start to stain Corian if you leave them lurking in your sink. *Always use a mild detergent.
Corian – Care instruction
25-Year Manufacturers Warranty
Dekton must be registered within 6 months of purchase – Register here Cosentino With almost zero porosity there isn’t much that will harm Dekton, so a wipe-down with warm soapy water should be enough every time unless stains have been left to become stubborn. If you’ve been a bit naughty and neglected it a bit (don’t worry – we won’t tell) you can follow the manufacturer’s recommendations on the tin or bottle of cleaning product you use. A cream cleaner or non-metal scouring pad is also useful to have on hand. Hot pans won’t trouble Dekton, so you can place them directly on the surface. Everything has its Achilles heel though, and for Dekton that’s edge knocks. The corners, edges and bevels of Dekton are all slightly vulnerable, so be careful not to knock these areas. Seriously though, if you treat Dekton with a bit of care and respect and don’t bash those edges, it will probably outlast us all. Just be aware that Dekton’s guarantee has a few exclusions you should know about because failure to observe them will void your cover:
No naked flames
No very high-temperature direct sources
No metal scourers
One last one from us, just because we think it’s worth a mention: no climbing up onto, or standing on the surface. Dekton is brittle: it can snap.
Dekton – Care instruction
25-Year Manufacturers Warranty
Silestone must be registered within 6 months of purchase – Register here – Cosentino Although it has low porosity, Silestone does need a teeny bit of TLC. Anything other than a day-to-day wipe-down needs to be done using a Silestone-specific cleaner, Q-Action, which you can easily buy online. Using washing-up liquid isn’t advisable as it leaves a residue. Silestone is resistant to heat and it’ll withstand contact for short periods of time, but we recommend that you err on the side of caution and use a trivet.
Silestone – Care instruction
Remove any grease and grime with warm soapy water, then wipe over with a dampened glass cloth to create a shine without using any more chemicals. Caution – Please note that all the care instructions we’ve provided here have come from the manufacturers themselves, but in some cases, we know that a magic sponge or other eco-friendly option would do the job just as well. Unfortunately though, for legal reasons, we can’t officially advise you on that.
A Final Word From Us
We really do hope that you’ll love what we’ve made for you just as much as we’ve enjoyed creating it. It’s been a real team effort, and everyone at Wood & Wire has shared the love to bring you something we’re really proud of. We know it sounds a bit soppy but it really does give us a lovely warm feeling to see our clients happy. We owe everything to our clients, so thanks from all of us!