Plastic film is used as an additional safeguard during transport and thus provides effective protection for our high-quality furniture surfaces. Any adhesive residues that may be left after removing the plastic can easily be wiped away with a little alcohol-based cleaner on a soft cloth. Never use strong chemical products.
The high quality surfaces of a Nolte kitchen are very easy to look after. Despite that, it is still advisable to clean your kitchen regularly – and properly – in order to maintain the high value of your new kitchen for many years. Please read these instructions; it’s worth it!
Whether your kitchen is synthetic or made from real wood, certain detergents should not be used under any circumstances. These include harsh liquid detergents and abrasives. Polish, wax and solvents are also not suitable, and will in fact do your kitchen more harm than good. Do not use a steam cleaner.
The following always applies:
Our kitchen units are essentially made of wood and wood-based materials which must be protected against water and steam, even after prolonged use and despite the comprehensive measures taken to seal them.
The materials used in the kitchen have all been designed for use in a controlled room climate and should ideally be used at a relative humidity of 45%-70% (18-22 degrees). Slight distortion or warping is a sign that the ideal room climate conditions (e.g. not enough or too much heating) have not been observed, and does not constitute a material flaw. This warping, which is typical of wood materials, is determined by the temperature and humidity of the present environment.
Typical material odours:
When new, almost everything has its own distinctive odour. This also applies to furniture and lacquers in particular. Our ranges of high-quality real lacquer finishes are no exception either as this property demonstrates the authenticity of genuine lacquered fronts. The airing process can only begin when the protective films we apply are peeled off after the kitchen has been fitted. Depending on room climate or how often a cabinet is opened, the length of time taken for lacquer to lose its odour may differ.
Cleaning the cabinets
Use a slightly damp cloth and a liquid household detergent / glass cleaner to clean the cabinets, shelves and drawers /
pull-outs. Always dry with a soft cloth after cleaning.
If the cloth is too wet, water could penetrate cracks and gaps and cause the material to swell up. Make sure the sealing lip is cleaned from time to time. This will help to prevent dust from collecting inside the cabinet. It is completely normal for marks to appear around the seal as it acts a barrier.
This is why we recommend that the units be regularly opened and that provision be made for intensive ventilation of the kitchen area in order to eliminate odours due to cooking vapours and cooking residues in the furniture.
Abrasive detergents, anything containing thinners and artificial resins are not suitable for cleaning your kitchen.
Cleaning handles properly
When cleaning your kitchen unit handles, refrain from using substances which contain solvents and substances that damage aluminium, in addition to vinegar-based cleaners and cleaning prod-ucts containing steel, as they can cause permanent staining.
If you use cleaning products that do not display this information, try them out first – at your own risk – in a small area that is not obvious in normal use.
Care instructions for wooden fronts, solid or veneered
Wood is a living material with natural variations in colour and texture. Light of any kind will cause the colour to change, which is completely normal and natural. It is not a cause for complaint. Solid wood fronts are easy to look after. The surfaces have been sealed with several layers of high quality varnish. We advise you to clean your kitchen units with a slightly damp cloth. Always wipe in the direction of the grain, as this
helps to remove dirt from the pores. Dry with a soft cloth after cleaning to prevent moisture from accumulating in profiles, corners and on edges. Dirt marks must not be left to dry and must be removed immediately. Avoid the use of excessively wet cloths in this case.
Wood should never be exposed to very humid or very dry air as this could cause it to move – it will expand or shrink, despite the careful application of a very high quality varnish. Do make sure you use the extractor whenever you are cooking, or else ensure that the room is adequately ventilated.
Unit fronts with synthetic coatings are easy to clean with any commercially available household detergent, ideally with a soft cloth, hand-hot water and a little washing-up liquid. Never use a polishing cleaner or hard sponge. Stubborn marks, such as fat splashes, paint or glue residue, may be removed with any commercially available plastic cleaner. Test on a small area that is not on view before using any of these products for the first time. Do not use any cleaners containing solvents, or steam cleaners!
Please note that high gloss and varnished fronts should not be cleaned in the dry state.
The use of abrasive cleaning materials such as microfibre cloths, scouring sponges, etc. can increase the appearance of scratches. No complaints will be entertained in this respect. Traces of fine scratches visible in sunlight and halogen light are normal. These are due to the high gloss effect and are not a surface defect.
It is best to use a dustless, damp chamois (wash-leather) for gentle cleaning and also for drying off afterwards.
As with all other glass items, please avoid hard knocks and bumps against the fronts when handling crockery or heavy pots and pans, for splintered glass can cause injuries and must be replaced. Glass fronts are best cleaned with standard household cleaning agents or a glass cleaning agent (e.g. for cleaning mirrors). Spray the surface as usual
and wipe with a soft cloth. Ensure that corrosive substances or liquids do not enter the handle hole under high pressure, as they may damage the handle fittings.
Do not use any polishing agents, hard sponges or solvent-based cleaning agents and steam cleaners.
Self-cleaning system, activClean, active carbon filters, pyrolysis, catalysis – these are just a few of the technical processes that are too complicated to explain here. Instead, we recommend that you read the information provided by the manufacturers of your electrical appliances carefully, and follow them.
Steam and heat
Nolte Küchen offers a variety of protective devices to protect your furniture against steam, humidity and heat. These devices will already be in place when you receive your kitchen, or else will be installed by the fitter.
Make sure that steam and heat from electrical appliances such as microwave, coffee machine, kettle and so on do not come into contact with the furniture, as bursts of steam will cause it to swell up.
Surfaces: All our worktops are products made by renowned manufacturers and finished with a highly resistant laminate surface. Despite this, the worktop must not be used as a cutting surface, for knives will cause permanent damage. Earthenware pots and heavy or sharp-edged objects can produce scratches if pushed over the surface; such scratches, however, are not attributable to a defect in the material. In spite of our exceedingly stringent quality standards,
signs of use will become visible more quickly on very dark and light decors than on others, depending on the degree of use.
Cleaning: Worktop surfaces should always be cleaned with a damp, soft cloth without any abrasive particles. Detergent or occasionally laundry soap can be added to remove particularly stubborn dirt. Soaking may also be necessary sometimes. If your worktop has a tangible surface texture, it should always be cleaned parallel to the direction of this texture. Special methods are described in the chapter Care instructions for worktops on our website.
Heat: Do not place hot pots and pans from the hob directly on the worktop. Always use a suitable trivet, as the surface of the worktop will suffer irreparable damage if exposed to hot pots and pans, no matter how briefly.
Water: Due to the joins between worktops, pools of water should never be allowed to remain on the surface. Note that soapy water flows more easily than pure water. We therefore recommend that pools of
water be removed immediately to avoid damage due to swelling, especially near joins.
Genuine wood front edge: If your worktop has a solid wood front edge, special care must be taken. Heavy loads and impacts must be avoided, such as knocking crockery or utensils against the soft wooden edging. Visible damage must be repaired by suitable means (e.g. revarnishing, repair).
Built-in sinks and hobs
Built-in sinks, hobs and anything not specifically listed here made of stainless steel are best cleaned with a sponge or fleece cloth and either washing-up liquid or any well-known special cleaner (stainless steel cleaner, metal polish etc.).
Abrasive cleaners must not be used.
Remove surface rust (oxidised iron par-ticles, e.g. iron filings after the initial installation of water pipes) immediately with a commercial stainless steel cleaner.
Use gentle washing-up or cleaning liquids on sinks made of other materials such as porcelain, synthetic material and acrylic ceramic, and on stainless steel.
Abrasive detergents will damage your sink.