For general care and maintenance, simply wipe away most spills or marks with a damp cloth, or use an all purpose cleaner such as Windex spray cleaner or Ajax Spray n Wipe. Rubbing gently with a clean, dry cloth brings back the brightness of laminates. With a few sensible precautions, your Laminex® laminate surface will enjoy a long lifespan.
GENERAL CARE – INFORMATION
• Avoid scourers and abrasives as they will damage the surface.
• Don’t place hot objects, electrical appliances or pots straight from the oven or cooker onto your Laminex laminate surface.
• Don’t cut on the Laminex laminate surface.
• Keep waxes and polishes well away as they dull the natural shine.
• Do not use strongly acidic, alkaline cleaners or bleach for normal cleaning as these might etch the surface.
GENERAL CARE – STREAKS
Streaky marks sometimes show on dark colours after cleaning. An all-purpose cleaner such as Windex spray cleaner or Ajax Spray n Wipe usually removes them.
GENERAL CARE – GREASE
Using a mild dishwashing detergent in water will remove greasy marks. Dab, wait and wipe away. Finish with an all-purpose cleaner such as Windex spray cleaner or Ajax Spray n Wipe.
GENERAL CARE – SPILLS
Laminex laminate surfaces resist staining from most household chemicals. With some accidental spills however, prompt action is essential. Wipe off beetroot, grape and berry juices, first aid preparations, concentrated bleach, oven cleaners, dishwasher detergents, artificial dyes, hair colouring and solvent based pen ink immediately. Specialty glues such as Super Glue must also be removed straight away with acetone (nail polish remover).
GENERAL CARE – STAINS
If the stain won’t budge with Extra Strength Windex, try methylated spirits or dab the stain with a diluted bleach mixture (1 part bleach to 8 parts water); leave for 3 minutes then wash off with water and dry. Finish off with Extra Strength Windex. Only as a last resort if a stain persists try 2 or 3 rubs with a crème cleanser or white toothpaste, wash and dry. Please note that bleach or these abrasive cleaners may irreversibly damage the laminate surface.
GENERAL CARE – SCRATCHES
Laminex laminate surfaces will withstand normal wear and tear, but can be damaged by scratching or cutting with utensils, knives and unglazed pottery. Darker colours will show scratches more readily than lighter colours. In general, dark colours and high gloss surfaces require more care and maintenance than lighter colours or lower gloss colours. To minimise scratching, always place and lift objects from the surface – never drag or slide them across the surface.
SPECIFIC CARE – LAMINEX® LAMINATES
(This applies to Squareform Benchtops, Fire Retardant Laminates, Chemical Resistant Laminates, Aquapanel Wet Area Panelling, Vizage Wall Lining, Fusion Laminates and Compact Laminate). A damp cloth will remove spills and greasy spots. Rub with a clean dry cloth to bring back brightness. Occasionally clean with mild dishwashing detergent. To remove heavy build-up of dirt use cleaners such as Mr Muscle, Windex or Ajax Spray n Wipe spray cleaners.
SPECIFIC CARE – LAMINEX DIAMONDGLOSS® LAMINATES
Wipe off spills or marks promptly with gentle rubbing using a soft cloth and mild dishwashing detergent. Dry with a soft, dry cloth. For more persistent marks, use a glass window cleaner. Never use abrasive cleaners – even those in liquid form – as they will mark the high gloss surface. If used as a whiteboard surface, whiteboard markers or liquid chalk marker pens only should be used. The use of permanent markers is not recommended, as while it is possible to clean them off, they may leave ghosting or non-removable marks over time. A soft cloth (no wetting) should remove whiteboard/liquid chalk.
Information courtesy of LAMINEX®
Caesarstone® Care & Maintenance
Caesarstone® is a 93% quartz based product that has outstanding properties to ensure ease of maintenance and longevity of your surfaces. It will withstand exposure to tea, wine, vinegar, lemon juice and strongly coloured substances. Everyday Cleaning Caesarstone® requires very little maintenance to keep the surface looking like new. For everyday, routine cleaning of Caesarstone® we recommend wiping the surface with warm soapy water (a mild detergent) and a damp cloth or alternatively use a quality spray and wipe type cleaner.
Caesarstone® Cleaning Product Range
Caesarstone® has created of cleaning products specifically suited to our quartz surfaces, not only to maintain their brilliant lustre for years to come but also as a convenient solution for everyday cleaning. The Caesarstone® Cream Cleanser been specially formulated to remove the most stubborn stains such as red wine or beetroot while taking care of your Caesarstone® surfaces. It is also suitable for cleaning sinks and taps, baths and basins, shower recesses, tile surfaces and cook tops. Caesarstone® Cleaning Wipes and Spray Cleaner are a convenient solution for everyday cleaning and have been designed to be tough on spills but gentle on the surface.
To avoid damage we always recommend cutting on an appropriate cutting board and never directly on the Caesarstone® surface.
As Caesarstone® is virtually non-porous it will keep its lustrous gloss and ultra smooth surface without polishing and it never needs sealing.
Caesarstone® will tolerate brief exposures to moderately hot temperatures, however prolonged direct contact with, or radiated heat from very hot pots can cause thermal shock, discolouration or damage. Therefore we do not recommend placing hot pots, pans, electric frying pans, oven trays, etc. directly from the hotplate or out of the oven onto the surface of Caesarstone®. We always recommend the use of a hot pad or trivet to place hot items on.
Tough? Yes. Indestructible? No.
As with any surface, Caesarstone® can be permanently damaged by exposure to strong chemicals and solvents that undermine its physical properties. Do not use products that contain trichlorethane or methylene chloride, such as paint removers or stripper. 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 to neutralize the effect.
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Extra stubborn dried spills and stains
For removal of these or if you wish to give your Caesarstone® surface a thorough clean then we recommend Caesarstone® brand Cream Cleanser and a 3M™ Scotchbrite™ Never Scratch™ All-Purpose Scrubber which can be used without damaging the stone, or alternatively applied to a soft damp cloth. When using Caesarstone® Cream Cleanser we recommend using a small amount of the Cream Cleanser on a 3M™ Scotchbrite™ Never Scratch™ All-Purpose Scrubber which has been thoroughly soaked in warm water.
To remove adhered materials like food, gum and nail polish, ﬁrst scraped away the excess with a sharp blade. If there are any grey metal marks on the surface, a mild detergent will remove it. Household bleach can generally be used as an effective cleaner to remove stubborn marks, but care should be taken as some products are considerably stronger than others.
For Motivo™ pattern textured collection it may also be necessary to use a non-abrasive soft bristle brush for extra stubborn stains.