Indoor furniture care

UV Lacquered Natural Birch Plywood Surfaces

Most of our storage shelves and role play furniture items have birch plywood surfaces with a clear non-toxic lacquered UV finish. This finish is done in controlled factory processes and is therefore difficult to replicate with an off the shelf Lacquer. Care should be taken not to scratch or gouge the surface. 

To clean soiled surfaces, daily grime etc., use a damp cloth. For stubborn grime, you may need the help of waterbased, pH neutral cleaning solution like the Bona Wood Floor Cleaner. We recommend magic sponge as an excellent spot cleaning solution for crayon and scuff marks on your furniture. To apply wet the magic sponge and rug lightly over the mark until it fades. Any harsh detergents or chemicals can damage the Lacquer surface.

HPL Surfaces. (High-Pressure Laminate)

High-pressure laminate (HPL) is a surface material which has outstanding cleanability and durability properties. HPL, manufacturing is based on proven technology. HPL was developed to resist the hard requirements of daily use. Although HPL is extremely durable and needs minimal care due to its non-porous surface, it is nevertheless, not indestructible and will require care and maintenance like all surfaces. See below for some cleaning recommendations that will ensure your furniture and equipment assets look like new for years. 

Clean the surface only using water and dry it with a paper towel, tissue or a soft microfibre. If water cannot remove the impurities, use a common household cleaning solution WITHOUT any abrasive agents. Afterwards, clean the surface with a damp cloth and ensure it is thoroughly dry.  

Using a cleaning sponge (magic sponge) dipped in clean water works well for stubborn marks. Finish with an absorbent cloth or paper towel to ensure a streak-free finish. Try using warm water and a bit of household detergent for greasy surfaces and dry as above afterwards. 

Vinyl Upholstered Surfaces 

A small drop of mild dish detergent and warm water is the best cleaning agent for vinyl fabric. With a sponge or clean cloth and soapy water, wipe off the vinyl to remove grim and dirt, food, surface stains. Ensure you do this regularly to ensure there is no lasting build-up of grime.

AVOID using harsh cleaners: never use harsh cleaning solvents or abrasive cleaners on your vinyl fabric. When first cleaning with a new product, do a test in an inconspicuous place to ensure no discolouring on the material.

Perspex Surfaces

Stick with microfibre type of cloth. AVOID ammonia-based products, like Windex, Bleach or other home glass cleaning products. These products because they contain harmful chemicals that will damage the surface, leaving it cloudy and difficult to maintain. Warm soapy water is the safest and most effective cleaning solution for acrylic and Perspex surfaces. Cleaning wipes with at least 70% alcohol or acrylic approved disinfectants are also useful cleaning methods, especially where sanitising is required. 

Wheels and Castors 

Many of our products are fitted with swivel castors. Units that are being wheeled around often will need a spot of oil annually to ensure the workings remain well lubricated. Keep all castors away from consistent moisture as some parts can become corroded and could seize. 

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