Worktops Maintenance

CRISTALITE WORKTOPS

What you should do
To clean acrylic worktops use water and neutral detergents.
To remove very difficult stains or to restore the initial brightness of the surface, rub the worktop with a fine Scotch-Brite sponge.
Cleaning should be carried out by doing slightly circular movements.
Acrylic worktops, though in full compliance with strict norms, are not suitable to chop and it is therefore recommended to use wooden or polyethylene chopping boards.
It is indispensable to use pan coasters when laying hot pots and coffee makers.

What you should NOT do
Although acrylic worktops are resistant and compact, some products could damage its surface.
In case of contact with solvents, acetone or acids rinse with abundant water and improve the surface finish with a fine Scotch-Brite sponge.

LAMINATE WORKTOPS

What you should do
For the cleaning of laminate worktops it is generally sufficient to use alcohol or neutral liquid detergents. Near the sink or in case of very 'hard' water water scale can form. To remove it simply rub the surface with a sponge soaked in vinegar or water scale-remover, rinse and dry.
To clean the worktop aluminium profile, use only neutral, liquid and non-abrasive detergents.
 
What you should NOT do
Although our worktops are made of High Pressure Laminate (HPL) and comply with the strict standard EN 438, it is advisable to apply some precautionary measures.
Do not use acids, abrasive products or powders that could spoil the worktop brightness.
Do not lay hot pots on the worktop, especially pots containing hot oil, pressure cookers or coffee makers.
Notwithstanding their great resistance to abrasion, laminate worktops are not suitable to chop and it is therefore recommended to use wooden or polyethylene chopping boards.
Do not leave water scale-removers for a long time on the worktops because they could stain it. Do not iron on the worktop.

WARNING: do not clean the aluminium profiles with bleach (sodium hypochlorite).
 

LATHING BEECH WORKTOP

What you should do
Wood is a living material whose surface is protected by a thin oil varnish coat.
For its cleaning it is recommended to use a well-wrought wet cloth.
The doors should be cleaned along the wood venation, to better remove dirt form the pores and then carefully dried.
It is recommendable to use soft, non-abrasive cloths.

What you should NOT do
Never put the lamellar beech worktops near sinks or cooking tops. If so, it is necessary to create an insulation barrier to prevent water leaks and overheating (see page 62).
Do not use abrasive products that could scratch the surface.
Do not use products containing wax or silicone because they can produce shades with a different brightness.
Remove excess water from the cloths before using them.

WARNING: do not clean the aluminium profiles with bleach (sodium hypochlorite). 

MARBLE AND GRANITE WORKTOPS

What you should do
All our worktops are treated with a stain-preventing product when manufactured. It is recommended to repeat this treatment regularly with the product supplied or with one sharing the same characteristics.
How to carry out the treatment: wipe the worktop with a moistened cloth and dry it completely.
Spread the water-tightening stain-preventing product by means of a cloth all over the surface.
Let it dry then rub the worktop with a dry cloth.
For everyday cleaning use water and a neutral detergent or window cleaners containing alcohol or ammonia.

What you should NOT do
When cleaning the worktops do not use abrasive or aggressive products, metal wool or acid detergents.

WARNING: the stain-preventing treatment does not preserve marble from acid corrosion, therefore do not leave acid substances on marble worktops such as: lemon, vinegar, wine, etc.
Granite worktops have a greater resistance to acids and therefore need less care when used.
Highly coloured substances such as coffee, raw meat and some vegetables should not be left for a long time on the worktop because they could stain it.

WORKTOPS, BACK PANELS AND STAINLESS-STEEL SINKS

What you should do
Worktops and back panels: they can present different kinds of dirt. To clean them use specific water scale-removers near the sink and products containing alcohol or ammonia and steel-specific products to remove any kind of spots.
Sinks: specific products can be used to remove water scale.

What you should NOT do
Do not use abrasive powders or products because they would scratch the surfaces. Do not use metal wool or sponges.

WARNING: do not store open bottles containing chemicals (muriatic acid, products to clear blocked drains) under the sink or near steel parts, since their vapours could corrode stainless-steel.
Steel-specific products should not get in contact with laminate worktops because they could damage it.