Tips For Care and Maintenance of Contemporary Bathroom Furniture
Easy to Follow Instructions
- To remove dust and dirt, use a clean, soft, lint-free cotton cloth, warm water and a mild detergent or soap and wipe down all interior and exterior surfaces.
- Immediately after washing, dry all surfaces with another clean, lint-free cotton cloth.
- Avoid using a dish rag or sponge that previously was used with harsh detergents.
- Wipe up spills, splatters and water spots as they occur, keeping cabinets and countertop surfaces dry.
- Do not use aerosol sprays containing silicones or paste waxes.
- Avoid ammonia based cleaners and soaps with dye.
- Give special attention to areas near the sink and dishwasher that come in contact with moisture. Make sure that water and detergents do not dry on the cabinet surface.
- Use cleaners and polishes designed for wood cabinetry/furniture and clean all surfaces as needed.
Glass and Mirror Inserts
- Use a household glass cleaner with a soft, clean cloth.
- Apply the glass cleaner directly to a cloth rather than the glass or mirror to avoid excess liquid running into cabinet joints.
Temperatures & Humidity
All wood, whether finished or not absorbs whatever is in its surroundings. Dryness will shrink the wood and cause it to split from lack of moisture. On the other hand, too much moisture can swell the wood and cause it to crack and split. General Rule: If the temperature and humidity in your home is comfortable for you, then your wood cabinetry/furniture should be fine. Avoid placing wood pieces in front of heating or air conditioning vents. The temperatures that come from the vents are too extreme.
One of the most frequent questions asked by many customers is “how do I take care of these sinks?” The answer will depend somewhat on the particular stone and the degree of polishing applied to the surface. For example, limestone is more porous than granite, and a highly polished surface is less porous than a honed surface.
Due to the porous nature of stone, there are certain substances that can stain your sink if not properly protected. The longer a stain remains, the deeper it penetrates and becomes more permanent; therefore, it is important to remove a stain as soon as it occurs. We recommend that you wipe up spills immediately and do not allow surface deposits of water bi-products such as calcium, salt, lime or detergents to build up on your stone sink.
To clean your sink, use a soft cloth, sponge or soapy nylon brush. Be sure to rinse the sink well after cleaning and dry. Cleaning on a regular basis will help prevent the development of hard water deposits. If you develop persistent stains, try a non-abrasive cleaner such as dishwasher soap, Soft Scrub or a professional stone cleaner solution which can be purchased from a local hardware or tile store. DO NOT use any acidic tub and tile cleaners, toilet bowl cleaners, ammonia, abrasive or soft paste cleaners, vinegar, alcohol, window cleaners or lemon juice. In addition DO NOT use abrasive cleaning pads such as steel wool, metal brushes or scouring powders.
Most of the stone sinks we sell are not sealed due to varied customer requirements. However, we do recommend sealing your sink to protect it against staining and water absorption. There are two ways to seal your sink; wax or one of the many stone sealing products available in the marketplace. The type of stone sealer you use depends on the type of stone, but most tile or hardware stores carry a variety of stone sealing products to choose from. Stone sealers should typically be applied once a year. If you prefer to wax your sink, you will want to do this at least once a month.