Care and Maintenance

Your covers should require little or no care under most normal conditions. Menu Du Jour use the most durable and strongest material available for menu covers.In order to keep your covers looking beautiful, please refer to cleaning instructions found under each specific stain classification. No matter how much care is taken with your covers, a certain amount of degradation will occur from environmental or mechanical conditions existing within your establishment. The following are some examples and what can be done to minimise the damage.

Direct sunlight
Ultra-violet rays in sunlight will eventually result in fading of most materials.

Abrasives and cleaning solutions
Abrasive cleaning solvents or ammonia should never be used to clean covers unless absolutely necessary. The majority of spills require only gentle wiping.

Heat sources
It is not recommended to place your covers near strong heat sources such as a fireplace, heaters, or direct sunlight. Such heat can dry out the natural oils and cause stiffness and cracking. To prolong the life of your covers, lightly rub the material with a very soft cloth containing a small amount of silicone cream (Neopol furniture polish is a popular one).

Cleaning normal dirt and foodstuffs
This can be removed with a mild soap or detergent and warm water; allow to soak for a few minutes, then rub briskly with a cloth or sponge. Rinse with clear water, then wipe with a clean dry cloth. Repeat if necessary.

Nail polish
Remove immediately with a cloth being careful not to spread the stain. Go over quickly with rubbing alcohol and then rinse with clear water.

Paint, shoe polish, car grease, tar-asphalt
Wipe off as much as possible, then clean with kerosene or turpentine. Rinse thoroughly with clear water.

Ball point ink
Must be removed immediately using a cloth dampened in rubbing alcohol.

Chewing gum
Wipe off as much as possible (will come off easier if rubbed with an ice cube) then rub lightly with rubbing alcohol. You can also use kerosene.

Pencil & crayons
Scrape off excess crayon. Erase pencil marks. Wipe any remaining stains with rubbing alcohol. Stains should be removed as quickly as possible to eliminate any possible reaction between the staining agent and the material. Time is especially important for removing materials containing colours or solvents such as ball point ink, nail polish, lipstick, oil, shampoo tints, paint, lacquer or enamel and some foodstuffs. Excess soiling materials such as chewing gum, asphalt crayon, paint, nail polish or tar should be carefully scraped off prior to other cleaning attempts. It is desirable to start cleaning with mild products such as soap, detergent and water. If necessary, stronger cleaners can be used such as liquid household cleaners (with or without ammonia), rubbing alcohol and solutions up to 3% of hydrogen peroxide, turpentine, gasoline or kerosene. Repeated use of stronger cleaners will extract plasticiser from the cover material causing it to lose its suppleness.