Melamine Factsheet – Care and Maintenance
FACTSHEET – CARE & MAINTENANCE 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
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 (1part 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 an 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 (or WHITE GLOSS) 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.
LAMINEX® FACTSHEET – CARE & MAINTENANCE Marker pens - if necessary, a soft cloth made damp with water can also be used. As with all whiteboard surfaces, general wear and tear such as scratches or scuff marks will occur over time which will make cleaning more difficult. When marker pen cannot be removed with a damp cloth, consideration should be given to replacing the whiteboard surface.
SPECIFIC CARE – LAMINEX PANELS 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.
Factsheet – Care and Maintenance
Vinyl and woven fabric:
Removing ink marks on Vinyl - use Glen20 disinfectant, spray on then wipe off.
All upholstered items - Cleaning Guide
Treat spills and stains as soon as possible. Test on hidden area to ensure fabric and colour are not removed. Gently scrape any soil or mop any liquid from the surface of the fabric. Use of soap or detergent with water should be approached with caution since overzealous rinsing to remove soap residue may result in over-wetting, water marking and possible wetting of substructure (this may create other stains or damage products).
1. For non-oil-based stains, use warm water and non-toilet soaps which do not contain optical brighteners (consider Velvet soap, Lux Flakes, Softly). Mix a small amount of soap and warm water solution and apply to the stain, rubbing gently. Blot dry with a clean towel. Apply cool water (preferably filtered or distilled water) and blot dry again. Then with a hair dryer, working out from the centre of the stain, dry quickly to prevent rings forming. It is generally preferable to clean whole panels of fabric in this way rather than trying to spot clean specific areas.
2. For oil-based stains Following the same basic guidelines as above, apply a proprietary brand solvent based cleaner and try to clean generally in panels rather than spot cleaning specific areas. A helpful industry ‘secret’ for spot removal of oil based biro marks is by the application of conventional hair spray. To further enhance spot cleaning results, Warwick have introduced the Halo Fabric Care Kit which includes Halo spot cleaner for most household stains, Halo fabric deodoriser to help neutralise pet and general odours and Halo fabric protector to restore liquid repellency on fabric sections that have been spot cleaned.
*For treatment of specific stains, see the stain removal guide.
Professional fabric servicing
Warwick Fabrics recommend that water-based ‘Fluro chemical’ type fabric protectors (such as DuPont Teflon® and 3M Scotchgard®) be applied by licensed applicators only. Check your care label first to see if a mill-applied protection was incorporated during fabric manufacture. Fabric protectors do not eliminate the need for vacuuming, routine cleaning or proper care. They will, however, make spot cleaning and vacuuming quicker, easier and more efficient between professional cleans and keep your fabric looking cleaner longer, as well as extending its life. Professionals applying fabric protectors must always pre-test to qualify fabric suitability.
Extreme caution should be taken if considering treatment of velvets and pocket weaves with stain repellent products. Some high pile velvet and pocket weave jacquards may change in surface character if stain repellent treatments are incorrectly applied. Extra care should be taken to pre-test for these fabrics. Professional cleaning frequency Is determined by the furniture use, your own maintenance, upkeep and environmental conditions. As a good ‘rule of thumb’ overall cleaning is recommended every 12 months for most upholstered items.