Caring For Your Patinated Zinc, Copper & Brass Tables, Worktops & Desks
The Metal Tops :
The patination on these metal tops is chemically created and sealed in using a special lacquer.
With care the surface will provide a lifetime of protection but the following points should be followed.
A) To clean the table, simply wipe off any spills with a damp cloth as soon as they occur. Some everyday foods and liquids like Worcester Sauce, HP sauce, lemon juice and wine contain Citric acid and Acetic acid, which can burn through the lacquer and leave marks, so these should be wiped off immediately.
B) We recommend the use of tablemats on this surface.
C) Please do not place anything very hot on the surface of the table, such as hot items like saucepans and ovenware, as this could damage it and change the colour. This type of heat can also cause the metal top to expand rapidly and cause ripples.
Candles set in tins or glasses should also have a mat as they can produce large amounts of heat through their bases.
D) Please do not use abrasive cloths or scourers on the metal surfaces.
E) Please do not use strong cleaners like Brasso, Cillit Bang, or similar products containing ammonia or hydrochloric acid on these metal tables.
F) General upkeep using spray polish that contains some beeswax is advisable and will add further protection over time.
The patina of the metal will continue to develop over time and may take up to 2 years of use, to develop its full and final look. As the top adapts to its environment and its uses, then your top will change with that wear, tear and uses.
No two tops will ever look the same after this process of time, some may darken and others may lighten. Any initial marks will blend in with new ones until the top has completely worn in.
The table tops are wrapped in metal in a traditional way, similar to the methods used on antique and old tables from the past. Over time the metal on these antique tables would expand and contract with everyday heating and cooling, sometimes causing ripples to form in the top. The same rippling effect can sometimes happen with our handmade tables depending on the conditions that they are exposed to. This is all part of the ageing process and is to be expected.
The Table Bases:
The base of the table is made from cast iron and requires cleaning by using a clean dry cloth and occasionally some wax polish spray. Wet cloths and soapy water MUST NOT be used on the bases as the cast iron could rust.
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