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General Care For All Metal Surfaces

General Care for all Metal SurfacesWhether your silver, stainless steel, brass or copper items are heirlooms or everyday necessities, you can easily keep them gleaming and free of tarnish.

First, prevent tarnish by keeping metals dry. Tarnish, which can dull or destroy metals, results when oxygen in the air contacts moisture on metal. Creating a moisture barrier with Goddard's metal cleaners and polishes can help stop tarnish before it starts.

Protect, preserve and polish all your metal items safely and effectively with these metal care tips from Goddard's:

  • Apply metal cleaner with a clean, soft, lint-free cloth, turning the cloth frequently to expose a fresh, unsoiled surface.
  • Use metal cleaner generously on ornate objects, removing the excess with a wet sponge.
  • Rub metals with straight, back-and-forth motions rather than circles to maintain a uniform appearance.
  • Maintain a metal's shine by avoiding the use of abrasive cleaners, steel wool or scouring pads, which can scratch and dull metals.
  • Separate stainless steel and sterling silver in the dishwasher. A chemical reaction between them can leave black spots on the silver.
  • Use only diluted dishwashing detergents on metals. Contact with undiluted detergents can damage a metal's finish.

General Care For All Wood Surfaces

General Care for all Wood SurfacesWood adds great warmth to your home — warmth you can enhance by bringing out the natural beauty of wood furniture and floors with simple care.

First, condition your wood surfaces to maintain their optimal moisture level. Moisturizing your wood furniture and floors with Goddard's cleaners and polishes can prevent drying and cracking while protecting your wood furniture and floors from water damage.

Condition, nourish and clean all your home's wood surfaces safely and effectively with these wood care tips from Goddard's:

  • Use soft cotton, microfiber or flannel cloths to polish wood, avoiding abrasive cloths that can scratch furniture and floors.
  • Wipe in the direction of the grain when polishing wood.
  • Condition wood furniture exposed to sunlight to prevent drying and fading.
  • Prevent scratches by avoiding dragging items across wood surfaces.
  • Protect wood furniture from difficult-to-remove “drink rings” with a protective layer of wood polish — and avoid setting drinks directly on wood furniture.
  • Prevent stains by wiping spills on wood surfaces immediately.
  • Use protective pads when setting hot dishes on wood surfaces.

General Care For Stone & Tile Surfaces

General Care for Stone and TileSophisticated and sleek, your home's natural stone surfaces are simultaneously modern and timeless. Proper care will ensure that they stay that way for years to come.

While stone countertops, tabletops and floors are durable by nature, protecting them from scratches, etching and stains will maintain their luster and shine. Goddard's stone and tile cleaners and polishes provide a line of defense against damage to natural stone.

Clean, shine and protect your home's stone surfaces with these stone and tile care tips from Goddard's:

  • Protect the sealant on your granite countertops with a specially formulated stone cleaner like Goddard's.
  • Clean up spills — especially acidic liquids like coffee, wine, soda, and fruit juices — immediately with hot water.
    • Excessive use of dish soap will dull stone surfaces and granite.
    • Acidic vinegar, ammonia, and citrus cleansers can degrade granite sealants and etch marble and stone, leaving them more susceptible to stains.
    • Abrasive tub and tile or grout-specific cleaners can scratch natural stone.
  • Use coasters to protect stone surfaces from drink stains.
  • Place hot pots atop trivets on stone surfaces to prevent the scratches that grit can cause — even on granite, which often contains softer, more vulnerable minerals.
  • Cut foods on a cutting board to protect stone surfaces and prevent dulling of knives.
  • Clean natural stone floors with a dry, non-treated dust mop or, as an alternative, a vacuum cleaner with wheels free of the grit and dirt that can scratch stone.
  • Repair chipped stone with a strong adhesive from your local hardware store.

General Care for Glass Cooktops

Glass Cooktop CareA glass ceramic cooktop gives your kitchen a sleek, modern look, especially when you keep your cooktop clean and gleaming.

Preserve your glass cooktop's beauty by cleaning it regularly and properly. Goddard's Glass Cooktop Cleaner quickly and gently removes spills and spots for a smooth, shiny finish that helps keep foods from sticking.

Protect, polish and maintain your glass cooktop with these care tips from Goddard's:

  • Before applying a Cooktop Cleaner/Polish, remove as much burned on particulate and residue as possible.
  • Allow your glass cooktop to cool slightly before cleaning typical spills. Avoid using a wet sponge or cloth on a surface that is too hot in order to avoid steam burns.
  • When applying Glass Cooktop Cleaner, make sure that the surface is cool to the touch.
  • Shake the product well before using, and then apply directly to the Glass Cooktop surface.
  • Clean your Glass Cooktop with a sponge, soft cloth or paper towel. Do not use steel wool or abrasive materials that could scratch the surface.
  • When cooking, avoid spills and boil-over by turning down heat to the lowest possible setting for the cooking task.
  • Ensure that the bottoms of pots and pans are properly cleaned and free of grease and food residue before cooking with them.
  • Check your pans for tarnish before using them on your glass cooktop; tarnish can discolor the Glass Cooktop surface.
  • Move pots and pans across your glass cooktop by lifting them, not sliding them. Sliding cookware over a piece of grit can mar the glass surface.
  • Be careful when lifting heavy or hard objects above your glass cooktop, as accidental dropping can crack the cooktop.