At Green Art, we want you to enjoy the products you buy from us for many years to come. By following these general industry guidelines, you can avoid unnecessary wear on your surfaces and preserve their original beauty and elegance.*
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ACRYLIC SHOWER BASES
Acrylic shower bases have a high-gloss, impact-resistant surface. They are designed to retain their high-gloss luster with proper care and maintenance.
Do not use abrasive cleaners, tile cleaners or strong detergents on the acrylic surface. In addition, do not use any household cleaners that you’d normally use to clean stubborn stains.
Instead, mix a bucket of warm water with a mild liquid soap. This should be efficient for most cleanings and will maintain the natural beauty of the shower base.
CAST IRON SINKS/TUBS
Like vitreous china, cast iron has a high-gloss finish that adds to the beauty of the fixture. Strong, abrasive cleaners will scratch and dull the surface. Soft abrasive cleaners may be used to clean these products. Use a soft cloth to wipe the surface dry after every use. Use a soft nylon brush on stubborn stains, which may appear on the bottom of the tub.
Do not use hard bristle brushes, Brillo-type products, or steel wool to clean these surfaces. Do not leave dirty dishes, pots, coffee grounds or other staining materials in direct contact with the enamel finish. Long periods of contact may result in staining of the surface.
Different faucet materials require different cleaning methods. Do not – under any circumstances – use scouring agents, abrasive sponges, hydrochloric acid (i.e., so-called lime-scale removers), vinegar-based (acetic acid) cleaners, ammonia or metal silicates. Such cleaners are likely to damage the finish.
The best way to clean your faucets is to wipe them with a wet, soapy cloth, rinse off and wipe dry. There are cleaning agents designed specifically for the type of finish that you have on your fixture. Windex is not recommended. When cleaning your mirrors with Windex, do not spray the faucet. Windex contains harmful chemicals that will eventually destroy your faucet’s finish.
Lime scale is a build-up of alkaline residue from the water in your area. You can prevent lime deposits from forming by always wiping faucets dry immediately after use. To remove lime deposits, all you need to do is reduce the alkalinity by cleaning with an acid such as neat vinegar or lemon juice. You’ll be amazed at your faucet’s appearance when you rub it clean with half a lemon.
BRASS FAUCETS & FINISHES
Finishes on faucets have improved, with most decorative finishes being done with state-of-the-art PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition) technology. These finishes are very durable and most have a lifetime limited warranty from the manufacturer. However, please follow the basics for faucet care in the preceding section. Even PVD finishes may be vulnerable over time.
Powder-coated finishes are extremely hard and reliable. The finish is bonded to the underlying brass, providing a coating that’s smooth and clear, yet tough and flexible, and generally impervious to air and moisture for years.
Living finishes, those that may be plated with metals or have oxidizing agents applied to achieve a craftsman finish, will patina and change over time, making each faucet unique. Living finish/uncoated finish do not have a finish warranty.
Use non-abrasive cleaners. Apply all cleaners with a sponge or non-abrasive applicator made of nylon, polyester or polyethylene. Rub gently. Always rinse thoroughly to remove all cleaner.
Never use any abrasive cleaners like common scouring powders, nor any abrasive scouring pads, steel wool, sandpaper or scrapers.
Granite should be sealed with an oil-repellent penetrating sealer to prevent staining and reduce soiling. The sealer fills in the pores and repels spills on the surface, allowing you time to completely wipe them away.
Use a shower squeegee to clean the glass doors after showering. Use only warm water to clean. Dry with a soft cloth.
Rinse and wipe fixtures after cleaning to prevent soap buildup. On delicate surfaces, use plenty of water, rub gently and rinse.
Gold used on decorative products is like fine jewelry. Do not use bristle brushes, abrasive sponges or abrasive cleaners as they will scratch decorated surfaces. Do not allow cleaners to sit and soak on surfaces.
STAINLESS STEEL SINKS
To clean your sink, use the mildest cleaning procedure that will do the job effectively. On the mirror finish deck, we recommend using either a liquid detergent or Peek, with a soft cloth. Do not use any abrasive materials on the mirror finish. Inside the sink bowl, we recommend using a mild abrasive cleanser such as Old Dutch, Comet or Cameo. NEVER USE STEEL WOOL PADS TO CLEAN!
Always rinse the sink after using a cleaning agent, and wipe the sink dry to prevent any water spotting. If you do any cleaning or scrubbing to remove stubborn stains from the inside of the sink bowls, follow the direction of the grain line. Any scrubbing across the grain will show as a scratch. Scrubbing in the same direction as the grain will blend in any surface scratches.
Should a mineral deposit build up over time, use a weak solution of vinegar and water to remove it, followed by flushing the surface with water.
VITREOUS CHINA TOILETS/SINKS
Vitreous china has a high-gloss finish, which adds to the beauty of the fixture. Strong abrasive cleaners will scratch and dull the surface. Soft abrasive cleaners may be used to clean these products. Use a soft cloth to wipe the surface dry after every use. Warm soapy water is always a safe way to clean any china surface. Use toilet bowl cleaners on the inside of the bowl only. Wipe off plastic or metal surfaces immediately if cleaning products splash on them.
WHIRLPOOL CIRCULATION SYSTEMS
It is recommended that you should clean the circulation system once every two to three months. Start by filling the whirlpool with warm water. Once it is filled, add one to two tablespoons of dishwasher soap and a half-cup of household bleach to the filled whirlpool. (Laundry detergent is not recommended). Turn on the whirlpool system, as you would normally do, in accordance with manufacturer operating instructions. Run the whirlpool tub for two minutes. Drain the whirlpool tub, and refill with cold water. Run the whirlpool tub for at least five minutes. When this is completed, drain the tub.
PROPER CLEANING WILL ENSURE YEARS OF ENJOYMENT!
* Because the care instructions for individual products may vary, it is highly recommended that you follow the manufacturer’s specific instructions to ensure proper cleaning of your product. Green Art does not guarantee that the procedures outlined above will work with your product.
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