STONE SURFACE CLEANING
Use a neutral, pH-balanced cleaner, specially formulated for stone, on a regular basis to remove residues from cooking oils and everyday food spills, as well as hairspray or other cosmetics. Be careful with common foods and drinks contain acids that may etch or dull the stone surface. Also, some common toiletries (i.e., perfume, toothpaste, mouthwash) contain acids and other ingredients that may damage the stone surface or degrade the sealer.
For a quick list of basic stone care do’s and don’ts:
- DO use coasters under glasses, especially if they contain alcohol or citrus juices.
- DO use trivets or mats under hot dishes or cookware.
- DO use place mats under china, ceramics, silver or other objects that may scratch your stone’s surface.
- DO place a small rug or mat at entryways to trap dirt and sand from normal foot traffic.
- DO dust countertops, islands, vanities and floors frequently.
- DO blot up spills immediately to minimize permanent damage to the stone.
- DO clean surfaces regularly with neutral cleaners designed for stone.
- DON’T use vinegar, bleach, ammonia, other general purpose cleaners, bathroom cleaners or tub and tile cleaners.
- DON’T use abrasive cleaners such as dry cleansers or soft cleansers.
- DON’T use alkaline cleaners not specifically formulated for stone.
Corian and Hanex solid surface materials are non-porous so they do not absorb stains. However, some materials such as coffee stains can be challenging to remove from the surface.
DuPont’s Corian site link above offers some good tips to keep your tops looking their best.
Definitely avoid drain cleaners and toilet bowl cleaner as these will permanently discolor the material.
Solid surface countertops will withstand temperatures up to boiling water. Always use a buffer such as a pot holder under containers removed from the stove top or oven that may be hotter that boiling water. This will avoid ‘shock’ to the top material that would permanently damage the surface resulting in a whitened area or a crack.
When using portable heating devices like griddles or fry pans be certain there is at least 1” clearance from the lowest point to the counter surface. Watch for grease traps that sometimes hang below the device. That grease can concentrate excessive heat and damage your top. Hanstone Care and Cleaning Tips Link
KraftMaid Care & Cleaning Guide
Wood Cabinet Surfaces
As with all wood products, avoid excessive moisture. KraftMaid cabinetry is designed for use inside the home or other buildings and is not intended for outdoor applications. Once your cabinets have been installed, wipe down all exteriors with a damp cloth to remove dust. Complete a small area at a time and wipe dry. Wood cabinetry finishes may be cleaned and protected by using any commercially available cleaning polish. KraftMaid recommends an emulsion-type cleaner (such as Murphy’s Oil Soap). These are formulated without wax, petroleum solvents or silicones. The extended use of wax polishes can result in a wax film buildup, while the use of silicone polishes can harm the cabinet’s finish.
Avoid spray-type polishes containing petroleum solvents, as they are flammable and toxic if swallowed. KraftMaid brand polish is available from your local KraftMaid retailer. Use a damp cloth when cleaning normal household spills. After wiping thoroughly, dry the surface with a lint-free cotton cloth. For stubborn stains, it may be necessary to use a mild detergent with warm water. Always dry the surface immediately. Never use abrasive cleaners, scouring pads or powdered cleansers. Do not allow oven cleaner to touch any part of the cabinet.
NOTE: Do not use a dish cloth to wipe your cabinet exterior, since it may contain remnants of grease or detergents.
It is important to wipe up spills and water marks as they occur. Give special attention to areas around the sink and dishwasher. Avoid draping damp or wet dish towels over the door of the sink base cabinet. Over time, this moisture can cause permanent water damage to the door. A convenient, out-of-the-way sliding towel rack can be purchased from your local KraftMaid retailer.
Care and Cleaning of Hardware
Periodically, use mild soap and warm water to clean door/drawer knobs or pulls. Thoroughly dry all hardware joints and surfaces and the surrounding area with a clean, soft cloth. Buff hardware with a clean, dry cloth. Lubrication of hinges is not necessary; however, hinges can be cleaned or dusted using cotton-tipped swabs.
CAUTION: Many brass and silver polishes contain harsh chemicals that can damage the hardware’s surface. These polishes and cleaners are NOT recommended.
Melamine and Thermofoil Surfaces
KraftMaid’s exterior and interior melamine and thermofoil panels are extremely durable and designed to give you years of beauty and trouble-free service. They can be cleaned with most nonabrasive household cleaners. However, agents containing acetone, acetate or ethyl alcohol should not be used. Harsh solvents and/or abrasives such as turpentine may break down bonds on edgebanding and should also be avoided. Ammonia cleaners should be diluted. Certain waxes may lead to discoloration and are not recommended.
If a damp cloth does not sufficiently clean an area, a non-detergent, nonabrasive household cleaner (such as Murphy’s Oil Soap) is recommended. For stubborn stains, use mineral spirits (such as Nature Sol).
IMPORTANT NOTE: Apply solvents to a clean cloth and never directly to the cabinet surface. Never leave a cloth moistened with solvents on a cabinet surface for any length of time.
Avoid Excessive Heat
Self-cleaning appliances generate intense heat during a cleaning cycle. Since the integrity of the appliance seal or gasket may be compromised during installation or with age, KraftMaid recommends the removal of doors and/or drawers from cabinets adjacent to or directly above an appliance during a cleaning cycle. This will help prevent possible damage to the finish or surface of these cabinets. KraftMaid also offers a “heat shield” that may be installed on the side panels of an oven cabinet to help deflect excessive heat from adjacent cabinets. To order this part, see your local KraftMaid retailer.
PIEDRAFINA MARBLE SURFACES CARE AND MAINTENANCE
Maintaining Piedrafina Marble Surfaces is easily achieved. You will need to follow some simple care and maintenance steps and take some general
precautions. By following the recommendation you will enjoy your Piedrafina Marble Surfaces for years to come.
Care and Maintenance:
- For routine cleaning utilize a damp cloth or paper towel.
- For more difficult stains a small amount of mild soap can be utilized.
- For the most stubborn stains you can incorporate a neutral pH cleaner and a non abrasive scrub pad.
- Be certain to rinse all areas thoroughly when applying any type of cleaning agent.
- Although Piedrafina Marble has low liquid absorption it is advisable to seal the product on an annual basis. It is recommended to utilize a marble sealer while carefully following the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Be cautious when exposing your marble surface to any chemicals or solvents.
- Many commonly used household cleaning products may have negative effects on the marble surfacing.
- Never expose Piedrafina Mable Surfaces to any chemicals that contain trichlorethane or methylene chloride such as paint removers and furniture strippers.
- When choosing a cleaning agent it is never recommended to utilize any product that contains high acidity (low pH) or high alkaline (high pH). It is recommended to utilize a neutral pH cleaner.
- If accidental exposure to any damaging products should occur, thoroughly rinse the affected area with water as soon as possible.
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