Lacquer and laminate
Tips & Tricks

Taking care of worktops and fronts

Tips and tricks for any surface

Steam, frying oil, foods that cause stains – a kitchen has a lot to cope with. Cooking vapours and dust form a particularly tight connection. That is why our furniture is protected by high-quality, easy- care surfaces that are easy to clean. But beware! Aggressive liquid detergents, scouring agents, polishes, wax, solvents, vinegar-based cleaners and steam cleaners are a no-no, just like acidic and silicone-based cleaning agents. Nitro-cellulose combination thinners or synthetic resin thinners can also cause damage and will void your warranty. Keep reading to find out how to care for your worktops and fronts.

Less is more

The rule of thumb is: Keep it simple. If you use any cleaning agent at all, simply grab a mild liquid cleaner and a completely clean, soft, preferably new cloth or sponge. Why new? Because dust and other fine grains left over from earlier cleaning can act like sandpaper and are a risk to any surface, no matter how well-sealed it is. Make your cleaning tool damp but not wet. Moisture may enter bar handles or edges, causing the wood to swell.


By the way, this simple cleaning method applies just as much to the interior of cabinets as it does to handles. But as always: The exception proves the rule, so let’s look at each surface and its special features in detail.

Laminate fronts

Cleaning can be so easy: Warm water with afew drops of dishwashing detergent is enough to clean laminate surfaces. Use amicrofibre cloth to do so. One look at the packaging will tell you whether yourcloth is suitable for the purpose. Ensure that your cloth is nice and dampbefore wiping the fronts with it. For persistent dirt and stains you can usecommercial ethyl alcohol. But test it on an inconspicuous spot first.

Laminate fronts

Lacquerand laminate

Lacquer and laminate fronts should alsonever be cleaned with a dry cloth. This includes surfaces made of real or UVlacquer, glass laminate or lacquer laminate but also our cement and metalfronts with original materials, as these are sealed with a layer of lacquer. Inthis case the cleaning agents of choice are special cleaning agents for kitchenfronts. Under no circumstances should you use glass cleaners!

Lacquer and laminate

Woodenfronts

While our wooden fronts are also sealedwith lacquer, they are more low-maintenance where cleaning agent is concerned.No matter whether your front is made of solid wood or veneer: A slightly dampcloth is enough. Always wipe in the grain direction, immediately remove anydirt so that it does not dry on and then wipe the fronts dry. This preventsmoisture from entering edges or profiles.

Wooden fronts

Glassfronts and glass recesses

No matter whether your surface is glossy ormatt: Simply take a glass cleaner or neutral cleaner combined with a softsponge or (leather) rag. On glass with a satin finish, grease and oil may leavestains that create a shadow effect. If the glass cleaner is not effective, trya brand product for glass-ceramic cooktops that is not overly abrasive. Rubbinga moistened dirt eraser over the glass with slight pressure may also beeffective.

Glass fronts and glass recesses

Worktops

Our worktops have a highly resistantsurface made of laminate. Nevertheless, cooking will leave its mark in the longterm. For cleaning, use a microfibre cloth, water and dishwashing detergent.Persistent stains can be removed with a dirt eraser - or damp-cleaned withspecial kitchen cleaners - and slight pressure. However, when doing so youshould always clean a larger area in the same manner. Otherwise the cleanedsurface will stand out because the eraser effect reaches deep into the texturedsurface.

Worktop

Beon the safe side with care sets

You don’t feel like reading all the labelson the products at your local shop? No problem! To simplify your life, NolteKüchen has developed special sets designed for cleaning and caring for frontsand worktops. With these sets you can be sure you are using the right cleaningagent at all times. You can purchase our sets from your kitchendealer. They include the optimum detergent for your surface, cloths and a dirteraser. The following video will demonstrate their use based on the example ofa worktop:

Kitchen cleaning products

Lastingbeauty in your kitchen

For further information on how to keep the surfaces of your kitchen beautiful in the long term, refer to the care and operating manual you received from the fitters during installation. It contains helpful information for daily use.