We always get asked all kinds of questions regarding the care of our tables and chairs, especially the marble ones. So let us share some hints and tips in order to get the very best out of your beautiful Tulip Tables and Tulip Chairs and to get years of good service from them.
What is Carrara Marble?
Carrara Marble derives its name from the region in which it is quarried. This beautiful natural stone is famous for its predominant white 'chalk-like' base laced with flashes in blue-grey and occasional brown. Carrara Marble is tough, more resilient and less porous than some Marble which has made it one of choice when it comes to table or counter tops, for commercial or domestic use.
But being stone doesn't make it infallible. In fact, tables made of all known materials including wood, glass and even metal, will all go through a lot. Without due care and attention, tables of all materials can suffer from permanent or semi-permanent damage including 'hot rings', water staining, scratches and erosion. So what can we do to evade this?
We believe that no matter how much more you may need to care for your table, marble is worth every second! It gives a natural elegance to any room and provides an instant centrepiece. With the right care, it could very well last a lifetime.
Here are the basics:
- We recommend the use of place mats and coasters at all times, for food and drink. Whilst Carrara Marble is pretty resilient to temperature and even spills, placemats and coasters can not only ensure contact with the marble surface is minimal but the right ones can enhance the look and feel of the place settings.
- Wipe up spills as soon as possible, especially if the liquid is likely to be acidic. As said previously, the Carrara does well for some time on spillages but after a while, water or acidics such as wines can begin to eat at the surface.
- Avoid using traditional kitchen cleaners, especially those with any kind of chemical such as bleach or a limescale remover. These will damage the surface of your table. More on this later.
- Contrary to popular belief, don't wax the Carrara Marble. White marbles can turn yellow with waxing. It also does not require sealing due to the nature of the stone.
- Watch out for foods with heavy natural colours, these may include curry, strawberries and try and remove these from the surface quickly.
ok, so how do we go about keeping things in top shape, some of the answers to the questions below will certainly help you:
What cleaning products should I use on my marble table?
Don't use anything with bleach (including kitchen spray or oven cleaning) or anything with lemon or vinegars. Use only a mild soap and water, that is all you need. You can use a sponge if you need to clean the surface well.
Can you use waxing sprays or dust sprays (such as Mr Sheen)?
No, they are abrasive and can cause surface damage and they should not be necessary too.
How do we remove yellow staining?
This requires a little work but it works if you have managed to stain the table surface. Mix some baking soda with water until becomes paste like Then add to the stained area of the table and leave (covered by something not touching) for 24 hours. This will lift the stain and you can repeat it too for even more stubborn marks. This process works for yellowing too.
Can we use the marble outside?
Our tables are not made for outside use, these require different natural stone to be able to use readily in outdoor weather.
Does marble scratch?
The answer is yes, just like any table surface including wood and metal. With marble however it is more something that happens over a prolonged period of time. The tops are almost like ice rinks and over a considerable amount of time (some years) they will gradually attain more and more 'skate marks' which are thin scratches almost not visible. Good news is that a marble refinisher can very easily polish and buff your table top. We may estimate this only needs doing every 5 years however it depends on the usage and could be longer.
Does marble fade in direct sunlight?
Yes, although it happens gradually and over a long period of time. Black and darker marbles are more susceptible to fading but direct sunlight isn't good for any furniture in the long term.
What Are White Laminate Table Tops?
White topped tables are often the material of choice where light and space are highly important and where the reflective quality of the sheen enhances the environment of the room with the clean-cut feel of the white. Not only do they provide a very neutral appearance but they also offer the very best value too compared to those with natural stone.
Our white tables are constructed of wood, then paint sprayed with 3 layers of synthetic paint before being topped with a thin clearcoat to provide a measure of protection. This method is employed with modern tops as the fiberglass of the original tables has not been used since the 1980's due to environmental concerns.
How do we look after White Tops?
The best advice is actually to follow everything that we have written about the marble table tops as virtually almost all the same rules apply. Avoid chemical cleaners, use mats and coasters where possible, mop up spillages and heavy colours quickly and clean from time to time with mild soap and water. Stains and rings are perhaps more susceptible with the white tops therefore diligence is the best action.
How to look after Tulip Chairs?
The construction of the Tulip Chair makes it easy to keep clean. The sheen of the chair tops are such that spillages can be easily wiped free from the gloss like surfaces and they do not stain easily. Like all furniture, it pays not to have the chairs sat in direct sunlight as this can reduce the life of the product by fading.
There are two parts of the Tulip Chair that require very infrequent maintenance. The first and most obvious is that of the Cushion. Our synthetic fabrics are chosen as they provide deep and rich colours, with beautiful soft textures, and with a durability and flexibility that can last. We recommended a soft brush for the removal of day to day crumbs and dust.They can be machine washed at low or delicate temperatures without the foam insert (removable via the zip). We don't recommend using the tumble drier however as they are better dried naturally. If you have access to one, a home handheld or professional steam cleaner is the most effective cleaning method for the cushions as they preserve the integrity of the fabric far better in the long term.
The second maintenance point of a Tulip Chair is the bearings. These may require intervention at very irregular time periods which could span to years. If you hear anything that resembles a squeak on the turning of the chair then it is likely time to apply a tiny amount of grease to the bearings. There are two sets of bearings which both to the top and the bottom of the base column that runs through the centre of the Aluminium stem. Undo the nut on the underside of the base (spanner or socket of size is required) and you will be able to remove the mechanism in order to access the bearings. You can use grease or buy a can of chain grease, found at all bicycle or automotive shops.