The Palitra kitchens are designed to last through our life. In this section we provide you a maintenance manual for your new kitchen: it includes hints and recommendations for the most correct use of the different surfaces. In fact, we have considered this manual could help you keep your new Palitra always beautiful and efficient, for a lifetime.
HOW TO CORRECTLY LOOK AFTER THE DIFFERENT SURFACES
LACQUERED SURFACES. Use a solution of non-abrasive neutral liquid detergent diluted in water (10-20% solution), or use concentrated detergent in the event of very dirty or greasy surfaces, applying over the entire surface with a soft sponge. Rinse and dry immediately with a soft clean cloth. Strictly avoid the use of metal scourers, bleach, acidic detergents, solvents (such as trilene, acetone, alcohol), and any abrasive substance that could weaken the integrity of the surface.
PAY ATTENTION TO THE LEVEL OF HUMIDITY
Wood maintains an internal level of humidity that depends on the humidity present in the environment it “lives” in: approximately 8%-12% in surroundings with 40% to 70% humidity and temperatures between 10° and 35°C. When the surrounding humidity changes, the level present in the wood increases or decreases, consequently causing the dimensions of the kitchen elements to change, primarily perpendicular to the grain of the wood. If these dimensional variations are marked – and in extreme cases of humidity they can be in the order of several millimetres – occasionally they lead to the formation of cracks or a noticeable shifting of the elements. To avoid this, it’s necessary to ensure that the surrounding humidity does not remain below 40% or above 70% for extended periods of time.
AVOID THE STAGNANT WATER
Don’t forget that your kitchen is based on wooden materials that, when exposed to water (whether pure or mixed with detergent, or in the form of steam), because of their nature, thicken due to the absorption of water (swelling). Furthermore, even though water has its own surface tension that causes it to bead, the mixture of water and detergent tends to penetrate the micro-porosity of surfaces even when they have
been correctly treated. To avoid this, it’s important to make sure that water – and especially water mixed with detergent – doesn’t accumulate anywhere, such as at the edges and intersections between planes, for example. When using products in spray bottles (which are increasingly popular due to their convenience and effectiveness), don’t apply excessive amounts of the product, and make sure that it doesn’t get into the cracks.
THE SOONER YOU CLEAN, THE BETTER IS
We recommend cleaning any part of the kitchen as soon as possible, as giving dirt time to congeal can noticeably increase the risk of rings, stains, and surface damage. Pay particular attention to cooking oils and intensely coloured substances such as coffee, cola, tomato juice, wine, vinegar…” Getting rid of grime is much easier when done immediately since some elements, in particular cooking oils and greases, may become very hard and adhere to the surfaces of your kitchen once they have dried and been oxidised by the oxygen in the atmosphere; this may tempt you to use abrasive products and tools, which – with the exception of those surfaces for which it is expressly recommended (for example, units made of synthetic material) – should be avoided at all costs