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 Information for Zinc Top and Reclaimed Wood Products.
 
Zinc as a Work Surface
 
  • If a white powder appears on your zinc top then it is zinc oxide.  This should wipe off and is harmless. Over time the table will have ‘oxidised’ so it should only happen if moisture is left on the top.
 
  • Zinc sheet material, being rather soft, will bear the witness marks of use. Slight dents and abrasions will occur during routine use.
 
  • Zinc is also reactive to acidic foods and other substances that may come in contact with it during use.  Advocates of zinc work surfaces consider areas of slight discoloration that occur from casual contact with reactive agents to be part of this material’s desirable character.
 
  • Try to avoid contact with lemon juice or other citrus fruits, vinegars, or other acidic items that will mark the zinc.
 
Cleaning & Maintenance
 
  • Regularly wipe the surface down with a damp cloth- treat it like a wood top, do not allow liquids or marks  to remain on the surface for long.
 
  • Zinc work surfaces can be cleaned with mild detergent solutions. Chloride-containing products should be avoided. Abrasive products should not be used.
 
  • Zinc, like all natural metals will expand and contract slightly with temperature change. Extreme temperature changes may cause the zinc to contract or expand so placing item away from radiators is recommended.
 
If you have a problem with something marking your zinc please telephone us before you tackle it yourself. NEVER use a scourer or scrub the mark.
 
Wood Items
  • Reclaimed wood is a natural material and may display various marks and characteristics such as knots, cracks, grain variation, colour variations etc. These are natural, and deemed by many, desirable features which demonstrate the individuality of the wood and will not affect the durability or performance of the furniture in any way.
  • Solid wood furniture is affected by heat and moisture. A hot dry environment will cause timber to shrink, whilst a damp environment will cause it to swell. Knots, cracks, drying shakes and movement are inherent characteristics of natural timber and are not considered a fault in the wood or our workmanship.


Brass + Copper
Brass and copper provide not only a visually stunning surface but are also practical and
hygienic requiring minimal maintenance.
Marks and stains are inevitable and will soon add to the rich patina that creates much of the allure these beautiful materials provide.
Our aged copper and brass finish, has already been pre-aged using a specific
process that creates a patina, which will develop further with age.
We recommend regular application of a protective film such as bee's wax. (Your surface will have been waxed before it leaves the workshop unless otherwise reqested)
Do’s and Don’ts
Don’t use metal scourers or wire wool to clean polished brass or copper as they will scratch the surface.
Don’t cut food directly on the worktop, as it will scratch easily. 
Don’t place hot pans directly on the surface. They will cause irreversible expansion to the metal, which may warp.
Avoid using bleach, ammonia or citric acid based cleaners on copper or brass (unless
intentionally wishing to add patina). These cause increased oxidation of copper and brass, which will darken the surface. It also causes corrosion, breaking down the surface of the metal.
Avoid sliding hard or sharp-edged objects (e.g. heavy iron pans) over the worktop.
Do wipe dry after every use - Liquids left on the surface may leave marks and stains.
Use Bees Wax to maintain the Finish
Issues
Copper and brass are highly reactive and trying to maintain a polished finish is not recommended. Spots and marks will form and can be caused by a variety of things from fingerprints to cleaning agents. These can be removed with localised cleaning methods but leaving them to add to the natural patina may be preferable. The mild abrasive pad, often found on the back of a sponge, can help remove spots or dried on substances, but the abrasive may leave marks. (use a non-stick scourer first)
You can use more aggressive abrasives for really stubborn stains but they will scratch or matt the surface which could leave an inconsistent finish. That said, minor abrasive marks should dull down over time through natural wear and as the worktop’s patina evolves.
If in doubt CONTACT us!! Send an image and we can advise!