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Kitchen Door Care

KITCHEN DOOR CARE & MAINTENANCE

With the appropriate care and maintenance, our kitchen doors and components are designed

to provide many years of reliable service. To help keep it in the best possible condition please

follow the simple guidelines below.

INSTALLATION ADVICE

NOTES FOR THE INSTALLER

Pre Installation:

Ensure that all new-builds or newly plastered rooms have been left to environmentally stabilise

prior to the installation of new kitchen doors. Kitchen doors must not be installed into a damp,

or moisture-rich environment as it will cause undesirable movement in the joints and panels of

the door. A hygrometer should be used to assess conditions.

To help to minimise any potential damage to the kitchen whilst you are installing it, please read

and adhere to the following instructions and recommendations.

We would advise that you make an initial check to confirm that you have the correct

quantity and sizes of fascia’s; you can do this by referring to the labels attached to the outer

packaging.

The fascia’s should be stored flat and away from the working area. Take extreme care when

stacking the fascia’s with hinges attached, to ensure that the hinges do not mark other

fascia’s. Do not lean the fascia’s against one another, or against any surface without proper

protection in-between.

Ensure that you fully inspect each individual fascia prior to attaching the hinges. Claims for

damage to the fascia will not be accepted after the hinges have been attached.

Take extreme care when unpacking the fascia’s and do not use sharp blades to cut away

the packaging.

When attaching the hinges, place the fascia face down on a soft clean surface, ensuring

that there is no grit, sawdust or other matter underneath than can damage the surface

of the fascia whilst the hinges are attached. It is good practice to place a sheet of clean

cardboard between the fascia and the fiat surface prior to attaching the hinges.

If the hinges are ‘knock-in’ type. Use a rubber mallet to knock the hinges into the fascia

without using excessive force.

Once the hinges have been attached to a door, hang the door on the unit straight away to

avoid damage. Do not stack the doors with the hinges touching other doors, as this can

causes scratches or marks to the other fascia’s.

Do not stack the doors on their ends on any hard surface; this can cause chipping and

scratching along the edge of the fascia, especially on the handle edge of ranges with an

integral handle. Prior to fitting, the fascia’s should be stored flat, ensuring that they are not

resting on any dirt or debris that may damage or mark the finish.

You should take extreme care not to put the door down with excessive force on any edge,

especially the handle edge, as this will cause crushing/impact damage on these edges.

Take extreme care not to put the door down on any hard or rough surface such as bare

concrete floors, or on any debris such as sawdust, grit or screws, as this can damage the

product.

If the fascia’s are attached to the carcase, then you should carefully remove the fascia’s by

unclipping the hinges, and storing these, flat in a clean safe environment away from your

working area, utilising the packing materials from the units.

Where cutting/scribing decor panels and trim, you must use a sharp quality saw blade of

the appropriate grade for fine-cutting, or a suitable router. Small chips can appear along the

cut-edge, and so extra care must be taken to minimise the risk of chipping. Using a blunt

or inappropriate saw blade will produce a poor finish, and this will not be covered by the

guarantee.

On Painted Products – Any fine chips along the cut edge should be smoothed with a fine

grade sand paper prior to fitting.

All cut edges should be sealed against moisture ingress, using a suitable water resistant

sealant/adhesive prior to installation.

All trims are supplied in long lengths and need to be cut down on site, and again it is

important that this is done using the appropriate tools.

When fitting the plinth, ensure that you check the dimensions of any adjacent appliances.

On occasion, the plinth may need to be pulled forward to ensure that it clears the front of

the appliance. This can be achieved by fitting blocks using off-cuts to the rear of the plinth

prior to attaching the plinth clips, to step the plinth forward from its normal position.

General Care

As with all kitchen furniture, the most common problems found occur as a result of excessive or

prolonged exposure to heat and/or moisture. Always ensure that water is not left around sink

areas as damage caused as a result is not covered by the guarantee.

Always wipe off excess moisture and be careful with extreme heat sources, such as kettles,

ovens and toasters. It is recommended that these heat sources are not placed directly under

wall units when they are in use; they generate a higher level of heat and moisture than is often

appreciated and can quickly and easily lead to damage of the furniture.

Don’t place appliances that create steam (e.g. steamer, coffee maker or kettle) underneath the

cabinets so that the steam flows up against the underside of the cabinet and doors.

If using glass cleaner to clean your glass doors be careful not to damage the finish of the door

and cabinet parts while cleaning. Do not spray glass cleaner directly on to the glass or cabinet

parts as this may discolour the finish of your kitchen cabinets. Instead, spray a small amount of

cleaner on to a lint free cloth or paper towel then wipe the glass.

Don’t open the door of the dishwasher immediately after the programme has ended, as

exposure to heat and the high humidity increases the risk that the door may absorb moisture

and swell.

Please note that after a period of time it is quite normal for the colouring of kitchen units

to mellow in colour. This is not a manufacturing fault and is as a result of exposure to light.

This means that any additional parts subsequently ordered for your kitchen, or supplied as

replacements may not be an exact colour match. However any additional parts supplied will

also mellow over time to blend with your existing units.

The colour of doors and drawer fronts may appear mismatched in colour. This apparent

mismatch is sometimes the effect of differing light conditions within your kitchen, (known as

metamerism). To check your doors and fascia you should place them side by side in natural

daylight for comparison.

Cleaning advice for all door types including timber, painted, foil, stainless steel & vinyl:

Do not use wax-furniture polish, abrasive or aggressive cleaners, bleach or other

hypochlorite (chlorine) based cleaners, multipurpose cleaners, dilutes, acetone, alcohol,

solvent or similar products on the door, as this will damage the surface. Additionally wax

and polishes leave a residue build up that is difficult to remove.

Only use a 5% soap, 95% water (liquid soap) solution, wiping with a damp (not wet) cloth,

finally drying with a soft clean cloth only.

Ensure all cooking splashes are wiped immediately with a damp cloth; and

dust with a soft cloth only.

Never use any abrasive pads or abrasive cleaners of the furniture. Spills and condensation

on the fascia’s/panels should be cleaned and dried immediately.

Timber & Veneered Doors

Cleaning: When cleaning timber doors you must follow the pattern of the grain. It is advisable to

use a damp (not wet) cloth to remove fingerprints and marks, followed at once with a clean and

dry soft cloth.

Moisture: Excess moisture can damage a timber product – it is recommended that susceptible

areas such as around the sink are thoroughly maintained and kept dry at all times.

Light: Timber changes colour when exposed to light. Light, lacquered surfaces also have a

certain tendency to “yellow with age” depending on the exposure to light. The species of timber

and intensity of exposure will affect the rate of change. Due to this we recommend that timber

samples be changed regularly.

It is advised that colour change is taken into consideration when replacing or fitting new doors

some time after the original kitchen has been installed.

PVC & High Gloss Finished Doors: PVC/Lacquer coated products are manufactured from the highest quality materials. Your gloss

doors will come with a protective film over the front. You should remove this only after they are

installed as the curing process continues for around 72 hours after the film is removed. This

means the doors will be liable to scratching and other marks. You should avoid cleaning the

doors for at least a few days to prevent any marks appearing on the surface.

Moisture: Please be careful not to puncture the PVC/melamine lacquered surface of your

panels. These should be kept dry in order to prevent moisture ingress.

Cleaning: Periodically clean the interior and exterior surfaces of the door using a soft, damp

cloth. Wipe dry all surfaces after cleaning. Use only cleaning agents that are intended for the

materials used in your kitchen. There are a number of products available which are designed for

cleaning high gloss doors, but plain water is also good for regular cleans. Always use a lint free

soft cloth and use a circular motion to achieve a high buff. Micro-fibre cloths are also perfect for

achieving a high shine with very little effort.

Avoid any agents that contain ammonia, alcohol, bleach or an abrasive. If the surface of the

product is exposed to any oil based substance (for example olive oil, butter, margarine or

cooking oil), the spillage must be wiped away immediately to prevent staining.

High gloss doors do sometimes show fingerprints – but this is easily taken care of with a soft

cloth. Grease marks caused by these oil-based products can easily be removed by use of a

mild detergent, non-abrasive cleaner if used immediately after spillage has happened. Abrasive

cleaners are not recommended for this type of product.

Do not expose the doors or panels to temperature in excess of 60°C (140°F) (Approximately the

temperature of washing up water).

Light: If the doors are supplied with a protective film on the face they must not be directly

exposed to sunlight. Once installation is complete, carefully remove the protective film from the

front of the fascia. We also advise that colour change is taken into consideration when replacing

or fitting new doors some time after the original kitchen has been installed.

Painted Doors

Cleaning: it is advisable to use a damp (not wet) cloth to remove fingerprints and marks,

followed at once with a clean and dry soft cloth. Any form of furniture polish or other cleaning

products should be avoided.

Light: painted finishes will change colour when exposed to light – the intensity of exposure will

affect the rate of change. Due to this, we recommend that painted swatches and door samples

be changed regularly.

We also advise that colour change is taken into consideration when replacing or fitting new

doors some time after the original kitchen has been installed.

Stained Doors

Uform’s range of stains are protected by an application of lacquer.

Cleaning: it is advisable to use a damp (not wet) cloth to remove fingerprints and marks,

followed at once with a clean and dry soft cloth.

Light: stained finishes will change colour when exposed to light – the intensity of exposure will

affect the rate of change. Due to this, we recommend that stain swatches and door samples be

changed regularly.

We also advise that colour change is taken into consideration when replacing or fitting new

doors some time after the original kitchen has been installed.

Sanded (raw) Doors

Cleaning: sanded products are unfinished and therefore the care of these doors will depend on

the type of finish applied, eg paint, stain, wax etc., see above for care guidance.

Please note your guarantee may be adversely affected if used for non-general domestic

environments. Please see Terms & Conditions page for details of the guarantee.

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