Our products are made from the highest-quality materials and use the latest technology available in the industry. A good understanding of them and their use can keep them looking great over the years.
PARTICLE BOARD & MELAMINE
Particle boards are wood-based panels made from wood particles. These are held together with hardening synthetic resin and then heat pressurised. The panels have plastic laminated coatings, called melamine, made by copolymerizing melamine with formaldehyde. They are resistant to water, chemicals, abrasion and heat, so they represent an optimal choice to build kitchens units. The best recommendation to preserve melamine is to use neutral detergents and avoid any product containing acetone, ammonia and any abrasive components.
MDF & GLOSSY/MATT LACQUER
Medium-density fibreboard (MDF) is an engineered wood product made by breaking down hardwood or softwood residuals into wood fibres, often in a defibrator, combining it with wax and a resin binder, and forming panels by applying high temperature and pressure. MDF is generally denser than plywood and it is lacquered on both sides with polyurethane polymer-based paint having a high molecular weight. The finish can be of any sheen level from ultra matte to high gloss, and it can be further polished as required. Panels of MDF lacquered have the characteristics of being dimensionally stable and water resistant. The best recommendation to preserve lacquered surfaces is to use neutral detergents and avoid any product containing acetone, ammonia and abrasive components. Lacquered surfaces require careful maintenance to avoid scratches. Glass cleaning products with non-abrasive clothes can be generally used as an alternative to water. Lacquered surfaces release colour for a little while until the drying process ends.
In woodworking, veneer refers to thin layer of solid wood, usually thinner than 3 mm, that are glued onto core panels (typically wood, particle boards or medium-density fiberboards) to produce components such as doors, tops and sides of cabinets. Including in this category we have also panels made of Doluflex®, an innovative technology based on honeycomb structured aluminium finished with veneer laminated coatings. The best recommendation to preserve wood veneer and generally wood surfaces is to use neutral detergents and avoid any product containing acetone, ammonia, abrasive components or furniture wax. Wood veneer is treated with varnish to repel grease, dirt and yellowing. The varnish or the veneer itself could be easily scratched if attention is not paid while cleaning. Veneered surfaces are definitely no heat resistant.
The high pressure laminates are composed of layers of cellulose fibres (normally paper) soaked in resin, joined through a process that combines action of heat and high pressure. The material so obtained is homogeneous, not porous and can be covered with the required finishing. The panels made of HPL can alternatively have a prelaminated core panel, which is generally a particle board, and are supplied in various dimensions, thickness and finishes to produce flat panels such as doors, tops and panels for cabinets. Extremely durable, HPL has a matt surface, it's anti-fingerprint, soft-touch and easy to clean. It is also used to make kitchen countertops. We recommend to clean the HPL Laminate simply using a neutral detergent and to dry it afterwards with a soft cloth. In case products containing diluting or acetone need to be used to remove persistent stains, attention must be paid not to touch the ABS edges. We also recommend not to use abrasive powders as granules might seep through the porosity of the surface. Despite being heat resistance up to 180º, the direct contact of HPL countertops with hot pans or coffee pots must be avoided.
It’s a mix of minerals and aggregates up to 40% coming from the reciclying industry. This innovative material is flame retardant, frost-proof and refractory to dirt and stains. It is also compact, with no joints, so it ensures a high degree of hygiene and impermeability. Ecomalta® can be used in many different interior applications that range from furniture to floors or kitchen countertops. Applied while liquid, it allows an infinite variation of colours and surface finishes. The best recommendation to preserve the material is to use neutral detergents and avoid any product containing acetone, ammonia and any abrasive components.
A silvery, highly ductile metal. Main properties of aluminium are resistance to corrosion and light weight. Raw aluminium can be worked using several different processing techniques such as fusion, forging or pressing. Aluminium is generally used to make door frames, handles and kitchen components such plinths and recessed grooves. Aluminium can be powder-coated in any RAL colours. The best recommendation to preserve aluminium is to avoid any product containing alcohol or ammonia.
An iron alloy with a contained carbon content. Stainless steel is the name currently used for steel that has a high chromium content for its rust resistant properties when exposed to air and water. Tops and sinks in steel may be only rinsed with water and dried with soft cloths. Common cleaning products for steel can also be used. If the steel presents a mat shade, we recommend to use white calcium carbonate powder and hot water. Cleaning must always be done according to the grain of the glaze and generally using microfibre clothes. Abrasive products might scratch the surfaces and consequently cause the detachment of varnish or chromium plates. Prolonged permanence of chemical agents such as tomato and lemon juice, vinegar, salt or water also can damage the visible surfaces. We recommend not to use steel wool and aggressive products, which contain chlorine, muriatic acid or bleach. Components in steel such as hinges or runners can be lubricated with most of the products available on the market. Lubricants such as W40 must be avoided on soft-closing mechanisms. Periodical cleaning with a soft and dry cloth to remove dust is recommended.
GLASS & TEMPERED GLASS
A hard, brittle substance, typically transparent or translucent, made by fusing sand with soda and lime and cooling rapidly. Glass is available in a wide range of finishes and colours for interior decoration. It's possible to reduce the intrinsic fragility of the glass by undertaking chemical and physical treatments in a process called tempering. Tempered glass goes through the tempering process. It is heated at 640º and rapidly cooled by air jets. When broken, tempered glass shatters into pebble-like pieces with no sharp edges. The best recommendation to preserve glass surfaces is to use vinegar diluted in abundant water or glass cleaning products. Particular attention must be paid when glass doors with aluminium frames are cleaned as the aluminium doesn't tolerate alcohol and ammonia.
Corian® is formed from a blend of natural materials, acrylic polymer and pigments. It can literally be shaped into whatever form. Sealed during the installation, it looks continuos and sleek with no joints. Tops and panels in Corian® are extremely hygienic since the material is not porous. Although liquids cannot penetrate the surface, it's best to wipe up spills as they occur. We recommend to use a damp cloth and a mild cream abrasive cleanser, or a common household degreaser. For stains caused by liquids such as coffee, tea, lemon juice, ketchup, vinegar or red wine, we recommend to wipe the stain first, otherwise to try with an abrasive plastic scouring pad and a hard-surface cleaner. With a really persistent stain or light scratch an abrasive plastic scouring pad with bleach can be used to rub over the stain. Warm water and a dry cloth should be used afterwards to rinse and dry the surface. Impacts, heat or chemical damages on Corian® can also be repaired on site by a professional team so that the original aspect and integrity can be restored. Although Corian® can generally resist to high temperatures, it's appropriate to use heat protection pads.
Marble is a metamorphic rock composed mostly of calcium carbonate. Its colour depends on the presence of mineral impurities such as clay, silt, sand and iron oxides that show in grains or layers on the original sedimentary rock. Veins are the stone features and they are not to be confused with cracks! Tops in marble must be looked after and cleaned with extreme care. In fact, being porous they can absorb liquids resulting in stains. We recommend to use water and neutral soap using a cloth or sponge. The marble surfaces are generally treated with special anti-stain and anti-oil products. However, it's recommendable to clean stains immediately but not to use acid liquid detergents for persistent stains. We recommend also treatments with liquid or water-repellent wax every two months to preserve the surfaces. Abrasive or aggressive products such as acidic detergents, bleach or steel wool are not to be used. Marble doesn't last high temperatures, so it's always appropriate to use heat protection pads.
QUARTZ & COMPOSITE STONES
Quartz is an engineering stone made with a high-performance materials, delivering strength, and heat and scratch resistance. Originally, the pure and shiny quartz crystals were meant to be very visible on the surface and shine. These days, a new generation of quartz have achieved diversified and probably more interesting patterns. The agglomerates of quartz are materials of high compactness and low absorbent porosity and are generally used for kitchen countertops. Most of them resist to acids and do not absorb liquids or alimentary fats. Simple to clean, they resist to a great number of use stains and hits. We recommend to use neutral detergents and water, and remove quickly stains that occurred. In case of very dirty surfaces, it's possible to use aggressive detergents containing acids such as Viakal. Although quartz can resist to high temperatures, it's recommendable to preserve it with heat protection pads.
Available in an endless and ever growing choice of colours and finishes, ceramic is now an option for kitchen worktops and table tops along the floors. In fact, latest technologies have improved its performance and enriched textures and dimensional options to be suitable for more applications. Impressive are the collections of ceramic reproducing the natural stone patterns, now available on the market. DEKTON® by Cosentino is one of the brands to look at. Made from a sophisticated mix of raw materials used to create latest ceramic and quartz technology, this product is highly scratch-resistant and completely stain proof. Even the most stubborn stains like wine, coffee, markers and rust can easily be removed from the surface. We recommend to use neutral detergents and water. In case of very dirty surfaces, it's possible to use aggressive detergents containing acids such as Viakal. Although ceramic can resist to high temperatures, it's recommendable to preserve it with heat protection pads.
Fabrics are to be grouped in the following categories: linen, cotton, hemp, jute, velvet and silk. In one fabric different fibres can be used in various percentages, such as linen and cotton, wool and acrylic, etc. This means the fabric can maintain and combine the qualities of the different fibres, enhancing certain characteristics according to the type used. Artificial fibres such as viscose, acrylic and polypropylene can also be used to increase strength or crease & shrink resistance. For washing or cleaning full attention must be paid to the label and the maximum temperature allowed by the fabric. Fabrics requiring dry cleaning should never be washed in water. For stain removal, action must be taken immediately, dabbing the liquid with a clean cloth and preventing the stain from spreading. Stains caused by food and drinks can usually be removed by using warm water and a neutral liquid soap. Solvents should never be applied directly onto the cover but on a cloth.
LEATHER & TECHNO-LEATHER
A material made from the skin of an animal by tanning or a similar process. The most important layer is the dermis. The upper portion of the dermis, called "grain", is considered to be the highest grade of leather, called "full grain". Scraps from the processing of natural leather are finely chopped and mixed with rubber, latex and other synthetic aggregates to make the Techno-leather or synthetic leather. Sheets of techno-leather can undergo various finishing processes in order to render them as similar as possible to the corresponding natural version. We recommend to use felt or soft wool cloth with only leather cream if necessary. Occasional stains can be removed if they are wiped up immediately with an absorbent cloth. Stains must not be rubbed. Any type of aggressive solvent or abrasive product must not be used. We do not recommend any steam clean.