Laminated surface (layers of plastic that are bonded to craft paper)
Decorative FORMICA® or EGGER laminate is scratch- and chip-resistant; it withstands normal wear, but should never be used as a cutting surface.
Laminates can be wiped with a cloth moistened with a gentle cleaning agent. The use of abrasive cleaning agents, powders, sponges, metal sponges, sandpaper, etc. can damage the surface and reduce its resistance to stains and chemical agents.
Solvents must be used carefully, and in order to ensure they do no damage the surface, they should first be tested on a piece of plastic.
One needs to remember that excessive local wear can cause bubbles to develop in the plastic surface. Therefore, one should avoid touching the surface with a lit cigarette or cigar.
Marble and granite surfaces should only be cleaned with soap and water. Avoid using liquid detergents. It is very important to remove any dirt immediately, when the stain is still fresh, because as time passes, the ingredients of the stain may seep into the pores of the material. In the case of marks or stains, rinsing with soda water will suffice. Thereafter, let the solution dry for a few minutes and then wash with an ordinary wet sponge. It is also very important to treat the surface periodically with a waterproofing agent.
Due to its limited resistance to external conditions, this material (usually marble and granite) has to be pre-ordered.
WOOD or VENEER
A natural material with all its properties. Differences in the texture and tone of various parts are not considered to be a defect. We have introduced various control procedures for the finishing and matching of wood into our quality control system, in order to minimise the number of problems.
Exposure to direct sunlight can result in colour changes. One must remember that wood ages with time and its colour may change to some extent (this is not considered a defect). And finally, one should not forget that the humidity of a room can also change the dimensions of a wood product.
From an aesthetical and practical point of view, veneer is one of the best materials. Veneer is produced from a wide range of woods. Thanks to the special technology used to produce veneer today, it will not be damaged or deformed by temperature or humidity. Veneer is a thin wooden layer (usually about 0.6 mm thick) cut from timber. Veneer is used for covering wood-fibre, wood-chip and other materials. Veneer is most often finished with a stain, paint or varnish.
Therefore, the same methods and products should be use for the maintenance of veneer as are used for painted and varnished elements. If a product made of veneer or solid wood is impregnated with protective oil, the treatment should be repeated for maintenance at least twice a year!