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Product Care & Cleaning

If your Rapidline furniture has fallen victim to mould, mildew, dirt, dust or stains, we have some inexpensive, easy steps for you to follow.

MELAMINE

Preparatory Wiping

Before proceeding to tackle the cleaning process head-on, it is recommended that you give your dirty melamine board a preliminary wiping to remove any excess dust and/or non-caked-on dirt. To do this, simply wipe the board in a circular motion using a dampened sponge or wash cloth. When carrying out this preparatory measure, make a point of being as thorough as possible. Keep in mind that the more dirt and debris you’re able to remove now, the easier the remainder of the cleaning process will be. In some cases, this wiping may be enough to sufficiently clean a dirty melamine board.

Apply a Homemade Cleaning Solution

If a simple water washing failed to do the trick, you’ll need to produce a simple, though highly effective, homemade cleaning solution. Inside of an empty spray bottle, combine warm water with mild dishwashing soap, then shake the bottle until your cleaning solution takes form. If you’re trying to clean mould or mildew deposits off melamine board, produce a cleaning solution of 1/4 white wine vinegar and 1 cup of warm water.

You will now need to vigorously spray your dirty melamine board with the newly formed solution and allow it to sit for 1 to 3 minutes. Once the cleaner has had ample time to set in, proceed to thoroughly wipe the board with a sponge or wash cloth. Next, fill another spray bottle with warm water and use it to rinse off the cleaning solution. If any dirt, mould or mildew deposits remain, reapply your cleaning solution, wipe it down, then rinse it off once again. Be aware that you may need to repeat this process several times before your melamine board is completely clean.

Thoroughly Dry

After successfully removing all traces of dirt, debris, mould or mildew from your board, it is important that you give the freshly cleaned board a thorough drying. Using a dry sponge, wash cloth or paper towel, take care to remove every last bit of moisture from the board.

Keep Your Board Clean

It is recommended that you wipe the board down with a dampened sponge or wash cloth, as outlined in the first tip, at least once a month. Also, as previously stated, take care to thoroughly wipe away any remaining traces of moisture once the wiping is completed.

UPHOLSTERY

Remove all stains and spills as soon as possible

Use a dry cloth or towel to collect any loose bits. Repeat until all surface dust, dirt and crumbs are removed. Simply brush the debris away, avoiding rubbing it into the fabric.

Attend to any spills immediately to prevent staining. Use a wet cloth to blot liquids and soak as much liquid up as possible before it seeps into the fabric. If there is a stubborn stain, use rubbing alcohol as a last resort. Dampen a cotton ball with alcohol and test on a small area of the chair. If alcohol is received well, continue to rub any stains with the alcohol-soaked cotton ball.

Refresh upholstery

Use a vacuum cleaner to remove any dust and dirt from the upholstery. Ensure arms, back and chair seat pad are included in this process.

Create a solution of 50% water and 50% natural, biodegradable liquid soap. Use a clean lint-free cloth to dip (not soak) into the cleaning solution and wipe along the fabric. Avoid scrubbing or rubbing to ensure there are no scratches to fabric, leather or mesh.

Position the chair in a well-ventilated area to allow for faster dry times and a fresher finish.

Clean legs, arms and wheels

Turn the chair upside down and use a screwdriver to remove all wheels. Use a small butter knife to remove all visible debris.

Use a dry cloth to wipe over the wheels and remove dust and dirt. If wheel muck has stubborn areas, use a liquid soap soaked cloth for a better clean.

Dry wheels with paper towels and attach them back to the chair.

CHROME

Remove dirt, marks and grime

Mix some water and dish soap. Clean the chrome first to remove dirt, marks, and grime, and to help expose any rust that may have formed. Fill a bucket with lukewarm water. Add five to 10 drops of liquid dish soap and swish.

Wipe the chrome with the cleaning solution. Dip a sponge or microfiber cloth into the soapy water. Wring out some of the excess water so it doesn’t drip everywhere. Scrub the chrome with the soapy water, making sure you cover every inch of the metal. Dip the sponge back into the soapy water regularly to clean it off and make sure it stays saturated with the cleaning solution. To access hard-to-reach nooks and crannies, use a soft-bristled toothbrush dipped in the soapy water.

When the chrome has been cleaned to your satisfaction, dump your cleaning water. Rinse the bucket, and fill it with plain water. Rinse your sponge thoroughly under running water. Wring out some of the excess water, and go over the chrome again with the wet sponge to remove leftover cleaning solution.

Clean stubborn stains with vinegar. Sometimes you’ll encounter stains or marks that didn’t come off with soap and water, and you can tackle these with a mildly acidic vinegar solution. In your bucket or sink, mix equal parts vinegar and water. Soak your sponge, wring it out, and go over the tough spots with the vinegar and water solution.

Inspect for rust

Dry the chrome and inspect for rust. With a clean microfiber cloth, towel dry the chrome. Chrome tends to show water spots, so you shouldn’t let it air dry.

If you find any rust, you’ll have to address it with a rust-cleaning method.

Cut some squares of aluminium foil. Tear off a 7.6 cm strip of aluminium foil from the roll. Cut the strip into three equal pieces. Each one will be about 7.6 to 10 cm in length. You will rub the chrome with the aluminium foil to remove rust.

Fill a bowl with water, water will act as a lubricant between the chrome and the aluminium foil, but it’s actually the chemical reaction between the two metals that removes the rust. Dunk a piece of aluminium foil into the bowl of water to get it wet. Lightly rub the wet foil against the rusted chrome surface. You don’t need to press hard or use a lot of elbow grease, because only minor friction is needed to produce the aluminium oxide that will dissolve the rust. As you rub, the rust will disappear and the surface of the chrome will become shiny and smooth. If you’re working with a large area, switch to a new piece of foil after every 25 cm of area you cover.

Dry and polish

Once all the rust has been removed, use a sponge or hose to rinse away any brown paste that’s formed when you scrubbed the rust. When all the paste and excess rust has been washed away, dry the area with a clean microfiber cloth.

Use a clean and dry microfiber cloth to rub the entire surface of the chrome. Apply gentle pressure and rub the metal in a circular motion. This will help to remove any leftover water, dirt, and rust, and help to buff the metal to a shine.

Apply a layer of baby oil. Baby oil, which is actually mineral oil, makes a great polish for woods and metals. Not only will it smooth out the surface of the metal, but it will also help bring it to a beautiful shine. Squirt a few drops of baby oil over the surface of the chrome, spreading it out so there’s a drop every 2.5 to 5 cm. You can also use car wax, Turtle Wax, or carnauba wax to polish and protect chrome. Use a clean and dry microfiber cloth to rub the baby oil into the surface of the chrome. Use a circular motion, and apply gentle pressure as you work. Once you’ve gone over the entire area, repeat with a clean cloth to remove any excess oil from the surface. As you rub the oil and polish the metal, the chrome will come to a bright, shiny, mirror finish.
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