Information on the proper use of kitchen furniture:
The appearance of modern fitted kitchens has changed markedly over the last few decades. You have purchased a highly functional system of furniture that not only lets you organize your work area as best as possible to store, prepare and serve your food, but also fulfils the function of a representative living and recreation area.
Your new kitchen has been designed as your private workplace, and when used properly it is able to withstand the effects of mechanical loads, water vapour, liquids and heat. To be able to simultaneously fulfil your expectations with regard to appearance and the design of a durable piece of furniture, it is important to observe some important points about using and caring for your furniture.
Water vapour / increased humidity:
Kitchen furniture is made primarily from wood materials. These react sensitively when regularly subjected to the improper effects of humidity. When cooking, you should always set the cooker hood to an appropriate setting – that will be the highest setting in most cases – and at the same time also ensure a sufficient supply of fresh air (e.g. leave window on tilt, ventilation system). It is essential to observe the operating instructions provided by the appliance manufacturer. Recommended room conditions: approx. 22°C (72°F) and 50-60% relative humidity. If condense water should form on the fronts or below the wall units, immediately and thoroughly rub these areas dry.
Wait for approx. 20 minutes after the program cycle has finished before opening the dishwasher. That will allow the steam inside the dishwasher to condense as intended by the manufacturer. If you urgently require something from inside the dishwasher: open the dishwasher fully, remove what you need and then close the dishwasher again properly (do not leave the door slightly open). Ensure the door seals of dishwashers are intact! If steam continuously escapes from the appliance when in use, immediately inform the customer support department of the appliance manufacturer.
Do not place pots and coffee machines below wall-cupboards. The steam emitted when using these appliances will overtime cause moisture damage to the units of furniture above. Never use a steam cleaner to remove soiling (see also Care and Cleaning guidelines).
Water/liquids lead to the material swelling and irreparable damage. As a consequence, do not allow water splashes, fruit juices or other liquids to soak into worktops, fronts or pieces of furniture for longer periods of time. If any such liquids are spilt: please clean them dry straight away. Never lay damp dish cloths, sponges or kitchen towels over fronts or on worktop joints to dry.
Do not place hot pots or baking trays onto worktops or other furniture surfaces without using surface protectors.
Very high temperatures are created when baking. The insulated oven door protects adjacent parts of furniture against too much heat. Ensure these door seals are also intact! Please contact the customer service department of the appliance manufacturer if the seals are damaged.
Always allow the oven to cool down completely with the door of the appliance left closed.
Never cut foodstuffs directly on the worktop – always use a cutting board. Always bear in mind the susceptibility of the surface to scratches when placing heavy bowls, stacks of plates or pots onto the worktop. Sliding stoneware crockery with sharp edges on their bottoms can cause permanent damage to the surfaces.