What to do if you make a mess?
Tell someone who cares
Just because your furniture is really, really, really good-looking doesn’t mean it hasn’t been designed and built to use! Please don’t put us in your ‘good room’ to just sit there and look pretty. We use quality materials, along with meticulous attention to detail, so your Christopher Blank piece will stand the test of time.
So, you’ve nurtured your design, fed it form and function, now you finally get to meet it in person and bring your new baby home. You stare at it with love heart emoji’s in your eyes, and then the panic sets in. It’s so beautiful, so defenceless and precious. What the frick do you do with it now?
The answer is; you care for your timber and treat it with a little respect. Don’t get us wrong, it’s hardier than it looks, a little roughhousing is fine, but try not to drop it on its head, ok?
If you follow our simple steps your piece will last so you can pass it down to some lucky bugger you really like.
Caring for timber
Timber is a natural material with varying grain detail, colour and finishes. Christopher Blank’s philosophy is to always honor the integrity of the materials we use, especially our timber. Timber will naturally shift slightly, especially in warm climates and environments where temperatures change frequently from hot to cold or vice versa. Make sure you carefully choose the placement of your piece, and keep it out of direct sunlight to avoid discoloration. And don’t put it outdoors where it isn’t protected from the elements – you wouldn’t put grandpa outside in the rain without a jacket, would you?
- We use a hard wax Oil by Osmo which is extremely tough and hardwearing (kind of like an Aussie bloke). It is also water and dirt resistant (unlike an Aussie bloke). If you do encounter any damage to your Christopher Blank piece, don’t hesitate to pick up the phone or the internet (can you pick up the internet?), and ask us for advice.
- Wipe your timber piece down with a soft, dry cloth (preferably microfiber) to remove dust and dirt. Note: it also feels really nice to do this to yourself.
- Do not use abrasive chemical cleaning liquids, polishes or sprays to clean the surface. They may cause permanent damage – like that one time you thought bleaching your hair was a good idea. Christopher Blank recommends using Osmo Liquid Wax Cleaner Please make sure you follow the instructions very c-a-r-e-f-u-l-l-y, and always check any product before applying – when in doubt, a damp cloth will do the trick!
- If a spill occurs – PANIC, flail your limbs about and swear… then just wipe it up with a damp cloth, followed by a dry cloth to remove any excess moisture.
- Take care when placing any items that may have a rough underside as they may scratch the surface. Scratches on surfaces are not cool, people.
- Avoid placing extremely hot items on the surface such as lava. Lava really damages nice things. We recommend using coasters, placemats, grandma’s doilies etc. to avoid any permanent marks on the surface.
- Please avoid manhandling any liquids containing alcohol or harsh chemicals near your piece as their damage is difficult to reverse. Much like the damage alcohol has caused you in the past.
Caring for steel
- Stainless steel should always be wiped down with the grain, not against. It’s a bit like stroking your cat while you hatch plans, you wouldn’t do it backwards. That’s just weird.
- To keep everything looking fresh, regularly wipe down the surface with a soft polishing cloth. Harsh cloths will scratch and dull the surface.
- Do not repeatedly rub down matte black surfaces (particularly Black ACE), as they will actually buff up to a satin finish, become an independent woman and will leave you for a younger, much more matte piece of metal.
- Do not use solvents or harsh cleaners.
- Oil Based products such as Baby oil and WD40 are the best to remove and resist finger print marks on stainless steel (Bunnings might have a fancier product, but this is what we use). Another great finger-print resister is just not touching your piece, ever. It works.
- If, after all of the above, you still haven’t quite got the gist…Liquids are, generally, not friendly. Keep metal dry to prevent tarnishing which can dull or destroy the surface.