How Best Clean and Maintain Polished and Highlighted Cast Iron
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Your New Cast Iron Fireplace
Your cast iron Fireplace, Insert, Grate and Basket have been made using traditional materials providing you with a wonderful distinctive focal point to your chosen room whilst complimenting and adding character to your home. The superb, high quality reproduction Fireplaces, Inserts, Grates and Baskets avalible on the market today are made using craft based skills, methods and techniques similar to those that have been used in the production of cast iron goods for centuries (Find out more about fireplaces through the ages here) A little care and simple maintenance will ensure your cast iron Fireplace, Insert, Grate, and Basket will retain their natural beauty, offer you a lifetime of trouble free service, and potentially last many lifetimes. Like any heat producing product your cast iron Fireplace, Insert, Grate or Basket will require some simple routine care to maintain its high quality finish and keep it looking and performing at its best. Polished and Highlighted Cast Iron Fireplace and Inserts (cast iron and steel).
Initial Cleaning After Installation
Cast iron Fireplaces, Inserts, Grates and Baskets are delivered with oil based protective coating applied to the polished metal surfaces and this may result in the product having a slightly dull or matt appearance. This protective coat can be easily removed and buffed up by simple polishing the surface with a soft lint free dry cloth after installation. This will restore the surface of fireplace back to its full shine ready for you to sit back and enjoy and wait for the admiring glances and comments from family and friends.
The protective layer of oil already applied to the fireplace should last for many years unless the room the fireplace is installed in is badly affected by damp or has an underlying problem with condensation. Do keep in mind a freshly plastered room or chimney breast will cause high levels of moisture content in the atmosphere and surface rust might appear on your cast iron fireplace or insert polishing will usually remove it.
Rust, Stains and Marks
For more stubborn stains and marks, such as slight surface rust or tarnish marks it is recommended you use very fine wire wool grade 0000 or a fine grade scouring pad (the type of pad used to clean non-stick pans). Apply either the spray can type oil or recommended metal polish to the wire wool or pad and remove the rust or mark. Then reapply the protective layer of spray can type oil, or cleaner with a lint free cloth, polishing the surface back to the required shine. If cleaning stainless steel you must work along the grain of the metal gently removing the mark and again apply the spray can type oil or cleaner.
Regular Cleaning Maintenance
It is recommended you regularly dust over the fireplace or insert with either the soft brush of the vacuum cleaner or a soft lint free dry cloth and every four weeks or so polish the surface of the fireplace using a spray can oil lubricant such as WD 40, 3 in 1 or the manufactures recommended metal polish. The regular application of the spray can oil based lubricant or manufactures recommended metal polish will not only retain the shine of your fireplace but will penetrate into the slightly porous surface of the cast iron protecting it from any potential moisture damage from the atmosphere.
Any accidental spillage of food or drinks should be mopped up immediately with an absorbent cloth and the affected area cleaned and polished with spray can based oil or recommended by the manufacture cleaner to reinstate the shine and the protective layer to prevent surface rust appearing.
Last Word of Warning!
Under no circumstances should a damp cloth, water or water based cleaners, or water based polishes, be used to clean cast iron products.
By following these simple steps to clean and protect your cast iron appliance will ensure it will provide you with many years of trouble free service and will retain the natural beauty and aesthetic appeal that is so distinctive of cast iron.
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