CARE AND MAINTENANCE
Follow these cleaning tips and treat your AMS Homewares product with love, and your piece should be a long-lasting beauty.
MARBLE & GRANITE CARE
Maintaining natural stone is easier if the product has been sealed (see below). General cleaning using pH neutral cleaners or mild detergent with warm water are the preferred products to use, with a microfibre cloth for drying. All spillages should be cleaned immediately by blotting the spill and flushing the area with water and mild soap and rinsing several times. Avoid applying heat (i.e items from ovens) directly onto the surface of natural stone.
For everyday, routine cleaning we recommend wiping the surface with warm soapy water (a mild detergent) and a clean damp cloth. Do not use the cloth you use to wash the dishes, as it may transfer oils and other contaminants to the surface.
For any marks that do not come out by using warm soapy water, we recommend Jif with micro-particles (non abrasive cream cleanser), use a small amount with water and apply to the surface and clean with a soft sponge, then flush with water to take the cream cleanser off the surface.
Quartz is virtually non-porous, it will keep its gloss and ultra smooth surface which never needs polishing or sealing. Never attempt to polish the surface and avoid prolonged rubbing in one spot when cleaning.
As with any surface, Quartz and Terrazzo 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 all contact with highly aggressive cleaning agents like oven cleaners 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.
Avoid applying heat (i.e items from ovens) directly onto the surface of natural stone as it can mark or damage the surface.
Maintaining terrazzo is easier if the product has been sealed (see below). General cleaning using pH neutral cleaners or mild detergent with warm water are the preferred products to use, with a microfibre cloth for drying. All spillages should be cleaned immediately by blotting the spill and flushing the area with water and mild soap and rinsing several times.
TIMBER BASE CARE
All timber bases are oak and have a Rubio colour coating applied to the surface to obtain a natural finish and protect the timber.
To clean use a microfiber cloth to wipe down the surface, no other products are recommended. Do not use any oils or general timber care products on the surface.
Your timber base table is recommended for indoor use only.
STEEL BASE CARE
Your steel base has been finished with a black matt painted coating. Clean your steel base using a microfiber cloth only. No other cleaning products should be necessary.
NATURAL STONE SEALING
Natural stone (including marble, granite and terrazzo) products are recommended to be sealed. Sealing acts as a barrier, which is designed to prevent immediate penetration of liquids into the stone, providing an opportunity to remove the substance, before it stains the stone.
Please note: Sealing does not mean stain proof. Sealing may protect the stone from liquid penetration, but not completely protect the stone from etching. Etching is acidic liquids (as lemon juice, orange juice, tomato)- reacting to the stone (more prone in marble, which is softer in character)- eating away at the stone, creating dull spots. Effectively sealing the stone, and with careful maintenance, etching can be minimized.
DO I NEED TO SEAL MY STONE TABLE TOP OR CHOPPING BOARD?
MARBLE & TERRAZZO
Both your marble and terrazzo table tops and chopping boards have been sealed in the manufacturing process. Clean as per instructions. If you would like to re-seal your stone surface, we recommend Dry Treat Stain Proof please visit www.drytreat.com.au to purchase the sealer.
Sealing does not prevent etching. Etching occurs by acidic products penetrating into the surface of the stone (see natural stone sealing).
Your granite table top and chopping board comes unsealed. Although not mandatory, it is recommended you seal your granite to prolong the life of your top and provide opportunity to clean a spill before it penetrates the stone and stains, we recommend Dry Treat Stain Proof sealer, please visit www.drytreat.com.au to purchase the sealer.
Your quartz table top or chopping board does not require sealing. Clean as per instructions.
WILL MY STONE PIECE STAIN?
Your stone is stain resistant. Staining occurs when spillages have been left on the surface for an extended amount of time. We recommend following the care and maintenance instructions and cleaning your stone immediately after any spillages occur.
Natural stone can etch even if the piece is sealed. Etching is from acidic products as lemon and vinegar, sealing does not prevent etching.
CAN MY STONE BREAK?
Your stone can break if extreme heat is placed directly on to the surface or if dropped. We recommend care with handling and to avoid direct heat from ovens.
Your stone can chip. Chipping can occur from items dropping on to the surface.
THE TIMBER IS LOOKING DRY-WHAT CAN I DO?
If your timber is looking dry, we recommend using the Rubio Monocoat Refresher spray. This can be purchased online from www.rubiomonocoat.com.au. We do not recommend any generic timber cleaning products.
We hope you love the unique beauty of your piece as much as we do!