Care

To continue enjoying your kitchen for a long time we highly recommend that you follow our tips for care and maintenance. Aggressive liquid cleanser and abrasive polish are not suitable for cleaning kitchen surfaces.

Also wax and solvents damage surfaces. These and additional useful tips can be found here.

Caring and Cleaning links for Nolte furniture:

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Practical applications:

Cleaning Cabinets

Use a slightly damp cloth and a liquid household detergent / glass cleaner to clean the cabinets, shelves and drawers / pull-outs. Always dry with a soft cloth after cleaning. If the cloth is too wet, water could penetrate cracks and gaps and cause the material to swell up. Make sure the sealing lip is cleaned from time to time. This will help to prevent dust from collecting inside the cabinet. It is completely normal for marks to appear around the seal as it acts as a barrier.  This is why we recommend that the units be regularly opened and that provision be made for intensive ventilation of the kitchen area in order to eliminate odours due to cooking vapours and cooking residues in the furniture.

Abrasive detergents, anything containing thinners and artificial resins are not suitable for cleaning your kitchen.

Cleaning handles Properly 

When cleaning your kitchen unit handles, refrain from using substances which contain solvents and substances that damage aluminium, in addition to vinegar-based cleaners and cleaning products containing steel, as they can cause permanent staining. If you use cleaning products that do not display this information, try them out first – at your own risk – in a small area that is not obvious in normal use.

Care instructions for wooden fronts

Solid or veneered Wood is a living material with natural variations in colour and texture. Light of any kind will cause the colour to change, which is completely normal and natural.  It is not a cause for complaint. Solid wood fronts are easy to look after. The surfaces have been sealed with several layers of high quality varnish. We advise you to clean your kitchen units with a slightly damp cloth. Always wipe in the direction of the grain, as this helps to remove dirt from the pores. Dry with a soft cloth after cleaning to prevent moisture from accumulating in profiles, corners and on edges. Dirt marks must not be left to dry and must be removed immediately. Avoid the use of excessively wet cloths in this case.  Wood should never be exposed to very humid or very dry air as this could cause it to move – it will expand or shrink, despite the careful application of a very high quality varnish. Do make sure you use the extractor whenever you are cooking, or else ensure that the room is adequately ventilated.

It is essential to dry down unit components that have become damp after cooking in order to avoid subsequent damage due to swelling.

Synthetic fronts

Unit fronts with synthetic coatings are easy to clean with any commercially available household detergent, ideally with a soft cloth, hand-hot water and a little washing-up liquid. Never use a polishing cleaner or hard sponge.  Stubborn marks, such as fat splashes, paint or glue residue, may be removed with any commercially available plastic cleaner. Test on a small area that is not on view before using any of these products for the first time. Do not use any cleaners containing solvents, or steam cleaners!

High gloss fronts

Please note that high gloss and varnished fronts should not be cleaned in the dry state. The use of abrasive cleaning materials such as microfibre cloths, scouring sponges, etc. can increase the appearance of scratches. No complaints will be entertained in this respect. Traces of fine scratches visible in sunlight and halogen light are normal. These are due to the high gloss effect and are not a surface defect.  It is best to use a dustless, damp chamois (wash-leather) for gentle cleaning and also for drying off afterwards.  We recommend that you leave the protective plastic film in place on the fronts until completion of installation and initial cleaning. Then follow these instructions for the care of your units. 

Worktops

All our worktops are quality products, made by renowned manufacturers. As a general rule, do not use the worktop as a cutting surface; knives will mark even the hardest laminate. Do not place hot pots and pans from the hob directly on the worktop.

Please always use a trivet or other heat protection.  Although the item is protected with a high quality varnish, it is a known fact that the real-wood worktop edgings are more sensitive than the worktop. They should therefore be protected against scratches and water and they should be regularly revarnished by a specialist.

Avoid direct heat on the edging and joins between panels.

Please remove any residual water as quickly as possible with a dry cloth.

The worktops can be cleaned with a soft cloth or soap solution (NOT balsam dishwashing liquid).

Owing to the special surface of Premium worktops, it is also possible to resort to curd soap in conjunction with a porous sponge (Mr. Clean magic eraser) if necessary.  When cleaning, apply curd soap to the moistened sponge and wipe in the direction of the grain, applying light pressure.  Then wipe dry with a soft cloth.  Water marks can be removed with common table vinegar.

Built-in sinks and hobs

Built-in sinks, hobs and anything not specifically listed here made of stainless steel are best cleaned with a sponge or fleece cloth and either washing-up liquid or any well-known special cleaner (stainless steel cleaner, metal polish etc).

Abrasive cleaners must not be used.  Remove surface rust (oxidised iron particles, e.g. iron filings after the initial installation of water pipes) immediately with a commercial stainless steel cleaner.

Use gentle washing-up or cleaning liquids on sinks made of other materials such as porcelain, synthetic material and acrylic ceramic, and on stainless steel. Abrasive detergents will damage your sink.

Please note that traces of wear and fine scratches due to hard objects may possibly form, but do not result in a loss of quality in these very hard-wearing fitted sinks.

Please observe the instructions provided by the sink manufacturer.

Ceramic hobs

Clean your ceramic hob after every use, as even tiny splashes or spillages may burn on the next time you use it. Remove light soiling with a soft cloth and a commercial washing-up liquid, then dry thoroughly.

Stubborn marks, limescale and water spots and marks left by saucepans and pots can easily be removed with the special cleaner recommended by the manufacturer. Use the glass scraper provided to remove burnt-on marks (sugar, salt or food spillages containing sugar) while still hot.

Please also refer to the information provided by the appliance manufacturer.

Dishwashers 

Please also refer to the information provided by the appliance manufacturer.

Do not open the dishwasher as soon as the programme has finished, as the steam that then escapes could damage the neighbouring worktops and furniture. Once the programme has finished, the  water vapour condenses on the inside walls, then trickles down.

The clean dishes can be removed after 30 minutes. This also applies to dishwashers with an audible alert. Please observe the manufacturer’s specifications for dishwashers with an audible signal tone.

Fitted appliances

Self-cleaning system, activClean, active carbon filters, pyrolysis, catalysis – these are just a few of the technical processes that are too complicated to explain here.

Instead, we recommend that you read the information provided by the manufacturers of your electrical appliances carefully, and follow them.

Steam and heat 

Nolte Küchen offers a variety of protective devices to protect your furniture against steam, humidity and heat. These devices will already be in place when you receive your kitchen, or else will be installed by the fitter.

Make sure that steam and heat from electrical appliances such as microwave, coffee machine, kettle and so on do not come into contact with the furniture, as bursts of steam will cause it to swell up.

Always use the extractor hood when cooking.

Avoid positioning the cooker flap door / dishwasher flap door at a slight angle for ventilation,

since the escaping heat / moisture may result in heat damage / swelling of the adjacent unit components.

This is not necessarily the result of any material or manufacturing fault in our furniture.

If signs of damage do start to appear, we recommend fitting appropriate vapour guards (DSS…) as damage from swelling is no cause for complaint.

Simply ask your kitchen supplier for advice.

Glass countertop 

Our glass countertops are comprised of ESG (single-layer safety glass). This specially tempered glass possesses a high degree of durability with respect to impact and temperature exposure.

Nonetheless, the following instructions must be observed: Damage (edge damage, scratches) to ESG can result in a sudden, time-delayed fracturing of the glass. Impact to the edges and the placement of hot objects (cooking pots) on the glass should be avoided. We recommend inspecting the glass countertop on a regular basis and consulting with a glass specialist in the event of damage as described above. Observe the following tips with regard to care:

  • When cleaning the glass, use plenty of clean water, ensuring it is as clean as possible in order to prevent scratching by dirt particles. Never clean in a dry state!
  • Use soft, clean sponges, leather or cloth rags.
  • Any neutral cleaning agent or commercially available household glass cleaner is suitable.
  • Use a commercially available solvent such as ethyl or isopropanol alcohol for grease or silicon contamination, etc. Avoid the use of chemical cleaners such as alkaline out, acids or agents containing fluoride. A cleaning agent must not noticeably degrade or damage the surface!
  • The use of pointed, sharp metallic objects, such as blades or knives, can damage (scratch) the surface. Glass/ceramic stove top scrapers or similar tools must not be used.

Adjusting the front panels on drawers and pull-outs

The front panels on drawers and pull-outs will have been factory set in the basic position, so no further adjustment will be necessary after correct installation.

However, in the unlikely event of this not being the case, please proceed as follows:

1. Adjusting the height of the fronts:

Rotate the two (on a drawer) or four (on a front pull-out) levers ( A ) by 90° and adjust the height ( B ) using a crosshead screwdriver (± 2 mm). Return the levers to the original position.

2. Adjusting the sides:

Rotate the two (on a drawer) or four (on a front pull-out) levers ( A ) by 90° and adjust the side by moving the panel with your hand (± 1.5 mm). Return the levers to the original position.

3. Adjusting the tilt (front pullout only):

Rotate the two top levers ( A ) by 90°and adjust the tilt ( C ) using a crosshead screwdriver (+ 2 mm on a panel height of 500 mm). Return the levers to the original position.

Assembly instructions for the ComfortLine drawer system

Removing drawers and pull-outs 

We will show you how drawers and pull-outs can easily be removed for easy cleaning and then returned.

Note: Please remove the drawer from bottom to top in order to prevent damage to the grooves in the drawer or front pull-out when removing.

  • Half open the drawer or pull-out.
  • Take hold of the side groove of the drawer and the runner, and hold. It is important that you hold on to the runner, as otherwise you may injure your fingers.
  • Now tilt the drawer upwards and pull towards you.
  • Hold the drawer / front pull-out with the extended runners in your hand.
  • Then gently tilt the drawer / front pullout, and remove your fingers from the runners on the side. The runner guide will now return to the groove, which means it is now protected inside the groove, and you will hear it click into place.
  • Drawer / front pull-out (including runner) may now be placed to one side.
  • Drawers and pull-outs must not be stacked on top of one another.
  • Set down the drawers / pull-outs separately.

Removing / fitting the plinth panel 

If, for example, you need to replace or remove a faulty dishwasher in your kitchen, you can remove and replace the plinth panels beforehand. Proceed as follows:

1. Removing the plinth panel

The plinth panel is attached to the floor by a locking element in the plinth foot.

To remove the plinth panel, press the nose of the locking element (beneath the cabinet base) upwards, and use the other hand to pull the plinth panel out from the top (see sketch).

2. Fitting the plinth panel

First place the plinth panel in the top of the locking element, and then press the bottom of the plinth panel against the plinth foot.

Facts worth knowing about colour variations (real wood/laminate):

Genuine wood materials are a unique quality feature of every high-quality kitchen. Being of natural origin, they vary in colour and grain, unlike manmade imitations.

Later changes in colour (darker / lighter shades) due to the effect of light and differences in colour between older furniture parts and newly purchased items are therefore entirely normal and characteristic of the genuine, naturally grown material.

Even laminate decors are subject to slight variations in appearance. However, these do not contradict our typical decor version (interior and exterior), but are instead entirely normal and due to production conditions.

The colour formulation required for printing the decors is in fact set afresh for each product lot.

In addition, the various parts making up a kitchen (such as fronts, cabinets, worktops) are given different coatings depending on the requirements of their subsequent use. Particularly in artificial light, these coatings may appear different. For this reason, Nolte Küchen specifies stringent requirements to be met in this context and consequently also undertakes regular inspections in both its own plant and in suppliers’ plants.

Warnings:

Some parts of the plinth (such as the side pieces, diagonal connections etc.) are screwed or glued and may well be damaged if handled inappropriately.