A Clean Yacht, is a Happy Yacht
Posted on: 09/29/2014
Written by Victoria Hockley | With thanks to JC's Carpet Cleaning, Fiona's Atelier and Pinmar Supply
A superyacht signifies luxury, style and perfection. Every detail from the gleaming exterior to the sophisticated interior must be immaculate. With no room for error, here are some top tips from cleaning specialists on keeping tableware, carpets and furnishings spick and span.
Tableware: How to keep it gleaming
A good quality set of tableware is crucial. Not only should tableware be beautiful, but it should also be properly maintained. Fiona’s Atelier, in conjunction with Pinmar Supply, has given these top tips that will help you keep your tableware clean and in the best shape possible for years to come.
Keep tableware separate
When bussing, it is important to always keep your tableware separate from your dinnerware to prevent damage to both. As they are being transported, unnecessary contact can cause unsightly damage to your supplies.
Acidic foods that may get stuck on the tableware, such as lemon juice, mustards, vinegar, etc. should be rinsed off as soon as possible. Extended exposure to acidic foods will quickly corrode your tableware, ruining its shine and reducing its lifespan.
Wipe food off before you pre-soak
Foods stuck to your tableware for an extended period of time can cause unsightly spots. Be sure to wipe these off thoroughly before pre-soaking and washing.
Use a pre-soak solution in a plastic or stainless steel container and only soak for 10 minutes. Soaking any longer can promote corrosion of your tableware. Stay away from aluminum and copper containers as these tend to react badly with pre-soak solutions.
Keep away from abrasives
To maintain the shine of your tableware, keep them away from abrasive scrubbing materials, like steel wool. These will quickly take the shine away from your sparkling tableware.
Wash immediately after pre-soak
Wash tableware at a high temperature, as metal requires higher temperatures for cleaning. Also make sure that tableware does not touch each other during the process, especially when using a dishwasher.
Leaving tableware to air dry can cause spotting and corrosion from trace materials in your water. It is important to dry your tableware immediately to prevent this from happening.
Store in a dry place
Store your tableware in a dry area away from the heat of the kitchen. Being close to the oils and greases and humidity in the air from the kitchen can cause the tableware to become effected. This can also promote corrosion of your tableware.
Silverware needs to be polished periodically, depending how much you use it. Ideally, tableware should be polished every three years to have that ‘brand new’ look. Sterling silver or silver-plated tableware should have a professional dip service periodically.
Carpets: How to remove red wine stains
John Curte from JC’s Carpet Cleaning warned, “We’ve all experienced it, that scary moment when a red wine glass topples over the table and spills onto the carpet. Yikes! It’s definitely one of those stains that knows how to leave its mark. And unless you know how to remove red wine out of carpet, that stain may become permanent.”
Here are some step-by-step solutions from JC’s Carpet Cleaning to help you with red wine stain removal on board.
As with most household stains, the sooner you act, the better. If you can start removing the stain before it fully sets into the carpet, you’ll have a better shot at getting rid of it.
Here is one way to go if you want to know how to remove red wine out of carpet:
Upholstery: Cleaning difficult fabrics
A suede armchair or cushion can be the epitome of suave and sophistication, as long as it’s kept clean and neat. Benefiting from regular cleaning and brushing, take care of suede furniture and furnishings with the following tips:
When it comes to removing stains, a quick reaction is key. The longer the stain is left, the harder it will be to remove.
Start by wiping the stain with a suede cloth to restore the nap. Then, dip a terry towelling rag into white vinegar and wipe the stain to remove. Always wipe the stain inwards to prevent spreading.
For grease or fat stains, wipe the stain with a small amount of white spirit on a paper towel. Sprinkle with bicarbonate of soda and leave to dry. Once it is completely dry, lightly brush or vacuum off.
Silk’s luxurious lustre and drape makes it an ideal fabric for on-board furnishings including upholstery, wall hangings and carpets. Although silk is one of the strongest natural fibres, it loses up to 20% of its strength when wet and therefore requires great care when cleaning.
Wool carpets and rugs are not only aesthetically pleasing, but also extremely durable. Because of wool's thicker quality, there is a natural tendency for more dirt and grime to collect in its fibres, therefore regular maintenance is a must.