How to extend the life of your case goods; tips, tricks and advice.

 With so many different wood cleaning products out there, from natural oils to vinegar based cleaners, it is extremely difficult to discern which products are just flash and which products actually clean and potentially protect your casegoods. A bad cleaner can not only be a waste of money, but can actually warp wood and destroy finishes. Here, we are going to try to address some of those products and methodologies in order to help you make your furniture last longer.

 Wood and Veneer Care

When it comes to woods and veneers, natural is the best way to go. Dust regularly with a soft dry cloth. When needed, damp cloth with water and wipe over furniture. Make note that the cloth must be moist not wet. This will remove fingerprints and any deposits of light soil off the surface.

Polyurethane Finish Care

Dust regularly with a soft dry cloth. When needed, damp cloth with water and wipe over furniture. Make note that the cloth must be moist not wet. This will remove fingerprints and any deposits of light soil off the surface. Dirt, grime, wax or polish can develop over time on the top surface of the furniture. To remove deep build up clean with a mineral spirits component. Mineral spirit chemical must be applied to small areas at a time. After mineral spirit is applied wipe the area with a clean dry cloth before moving on to treat the next area. Wear rubber gloves to protect hands when using this product. Please use mineral spirits as a cleaning alternative only when necessary. If too much mineral spirit chemical is applied to often the finish could be affected. Please use sparingly. Once cleaning with mineral spirit air-dry any cloths that have been used to evaporate the solvent before disposing.

Standard Laminate Care

Dust regularly with a clean, damp, nonabrasive cotton cloth with a mild liquid detergent or household cleaner. If a mild liquid detergent or household cleaner is used in a spray bottle be cautious to spray only on the laminated surface. Over spray of the chemical could cause a reaction with the wood stain and may produce damage to the rest of the furniture. Rinse the laminate with clean water on a damp cloth after mild liquid detergent or household cleaner is applied. Do not use an excessive amount of water, especially near the seams of the laminate edges. This may allow water to penetrate into the furniture and cause the substrate to swell and split. Dry the surface with a clean cloth to soak up any extra water that may have be left behind.

To remove or minimize stains, use a mild liquid detergent or household cleaner, such as Fantastik All Purpose Cleaner, Formula 409, or Pine-Sol, on the affected area and allow the product to soak into the stain. Blot the stained area and wipe clean with a damp cloth. Note that when a cleaning product changes its formulation, the change may be harmful to the laminate surface. Directline Hospitality cannot be held responsible for these changes.

 Granite Care

Granite will come pre-sealed from our factory. For daily care, wipe down the surface with a damp cloth. Once a week spray the granite with a stone cleaner formulated with a neutral pH and wipe clean with a moist cloth. Mild dish soap and water could be used as a great alternative. Never use harsh chemical or abrasive cleaners because they can scratch and etch the surface of the stone and over time can create a film build up. To remove any oil stains from the granite surface mix together a cup of flour or baking soda, 5 tablespoons of dish soap and water. Blend the mixture together to the consistency of sour cream or yogurt and place the solution on the stain, cover with plastic wrap, and leave overnight. Remove the mixture that was left overnight with a damp towel. Light surface scratches can be buffed out and the granite then re-sealed. For annual maintenance, thoroughly clean the granite with the stone cleaner and re-apply granite sealer.

 Metal Care

Dust regularly with a clean, damp, cloth. This should also help refresh any development of a dull look or light film coat. If a commercial cleaning product is decided to be used to clean the metal surface, use a standard glass cleaner without ammonia or a white vinegar and water solution (1/2 cup white vinegar and 2 cups warm water). Be cautious of over spray of any cleaning products onto other surface types as the chemical could cause a reaction with the unlike material and may produce damage to the rest of the furniture. Avoid using products with bleach or chlorine onto the metal surface. These chemicals dull the shine. To remove tough surface buildup use a plastic mesh scrubbing tool. Do not use steel wool, abrasive sponges, razors, metal tools or metal bristled brushes. These will leave permanent scratch marks on the metal surface.  For a more powerful cleaning method make a moist paste by using a solution of four tablespoons of baking soda with one and one half tablespoons of water. Apply the paste with a damp cloth and polish the metal surface in small circular motions coating the entire surface. Rinse and shine with dry cloth.