Laminate tables and benches are made using a Formica® decorative laminate and wood frame which do not easily scratch or chip. They will withstand normal wear and tear, but should never be used as a cutting or chopping surface.
- The tables should be cleaned using water and mild detergent. For stubborn stains, it is recommended that non-scratch liquids or creams, such as ‘Coif’, ‘Flash’ or ‘Mr. Muscle’ are used.
- More persistent marks and discoloration (for example, after long exposure to tobacco smoke or industrial grime) to the laminate can usually be removed by careful use of a mild abrasive cream or paste cleaner. Do not use a mild abrasive cream or paste cleaner on the wood edging as this will remove the finish. Never use scouring pads or harsh abrasive cleaning agents on either the laminate or wood edging.
- Ink marks from felt-tip and ball-point pens to the laminate can be removed with a solvent such as methylated spirits or acetone on a clean cloth. Organic solvents such as white spirit and cellulose thinners can also be used to remove paint splashes and graffiti, as they will not affect the laminate surface. These products are not suitable for the wood edging as they will remove the finish.
- Do not use acid-based ceramic cleaners and lime scale removers, which can cause permanent staining. Wash any spillage or splashes of these cleaners from the table and benches immediately.
- After using a cleaner, rinse the laminate surface with clean water and polish dry with a soft cloth. Proprietary window cleaning products such as ‘Windowlene’ are excellent for removing drying marks and smears on the finish.
- Do not use furniture polishes on the laminate. These cause a build up of silicone wax on the surface, possibly causing eventual discoloration and smear marks which can be very difficult to remove.
For more information on furniture cleaning call Spaceist on 020 7247 4340