Here are some helpful home care tips to help you keep your home looking as beautiful as it did the day you moved in.
Avoid using abrasive materials on baths, basins, toilets, troughs, glass, tiles or silicone as they can cause scratching. We recommend using only mild household cleaners and water to effectively and gently clean all surfaces and fittings.We do not recommend bleach-based products for cleaning tile grout as it may lead to severe discolouration. Avoid contact with hot water on glass shower screens as it can cause cracking.Keep bathrooms adequately ventilated to minimise humidity and excess moisture.
Moisture can be an issue for brick walls. Avoid planting gardens too close to brickwork, as moisture from the garden bed can seep through external cavities, potentially damaging plaster or floor coverings.
Ensure reticulation and watering systems do not spray directly onto brickwork.
Light yellow and green discolouration often occurs on light coloured clay bricks and is neitherpermanent nor harmful. Called ‘vanadium stains’, it does not indicate a fault with the bricks or workmanship. Vanadium stains will generally wash off in time, and their removal can be hastened by chemical treatment. However, care must be taken to avoid damaging the bricks. Frequent application of standard household bleach is the safest way to ensure removal over a period of time.
Freestanding brick piers in alfresco areas or verandahs are not designed to carry lateral loads, only vertical loads, so the fitting of hammocks or similar is not recommended.
Ceilings and Walls
Wall painting should ideally be delayed for at least six months to allow walls to cure and release moisture, which may have been trapped during construction. As such, Celebration Homes does not repaint walls during the service period.
When painting always use top quality wall paint and administer a three-coat system including an oil based sealer.
Walls and ceilings can be vulnerable to mould, but with proper precautions this can usually be minimised. Mould is caused by excess moisture in the air and can be prevented by ensuring rooms are properly ventilated. Ensure wet area extractor fans are always used, and try to keep windows open as often as possible.
Plastered walls aren’t designed to withstand heavy contact. To avoid chipping the edges of your walls, take care when moving furniture and maneuvering around corners.
Due to the different materials used to construct your ceiling and walls, you may notice some cracking between the wall and cornice. This is not indicative of a structural fault and is not unusual in masonry construction. Regular maintenance of this issue will keep your home looking great and prevent the
need for costly repairs.
Simply scrape away any loose or damaged plaster and patch with an appropriate plaster patching compound such as polyfiller. Sand to a smooth finish and repaint as required.
Doors and Windows
Timber doors are a natural product, and as such are susceptible to changes in the environment such as sunlight, humidity and temperature fluctuations.
Preventative maintenance should always be carried out on a regular basis.
If doors are exposed to variable sunlight or rain, extra protection may be required in the form of shade or weather strips.
Door handles, hinges and locks work better if they are cleaned and lubricated regularly. Carry out regular tightening and adjustments if doors are used frequently.
Build-up of dirt on window frames can reduce durability, especially when exposed to moisture.Therefore, it is the homeowner’s responsibility to ensure windows are cleaned every six months (or as necessary) to remove the build-up of impurities.To ensure window tracks glide smoothly, keep them free from sand to avoid damaging the roller wheels.
Water from downpipes can damage footings and paving, and create problems with dampness.To help prevent this, use spoon drains or soakwells installed a minimum distance of 1.5m from footings.
It is recommended that you check smoke detectors and RCD switches regularly to ensure they remain operational at all times.
Hairline cracks can appear in your concrete floor slab immediately after being poured and for up to 12 months after. This is normal and due to shrinkage. It is not detrimental to the structure of your home.
Keep tiles and grout in original condition by cleaning regularly with a soft clean mop and warm water.Avoid abrasive cleaners. Avoid using bleach-based cleaners as this can cause grout to discolour.
Ensure liquid spills are cleaned immediately to avoid permanent stains on light coloured surfaces.Glazed floor tiles are best kept clean with regular sweeping or vacuuming and washing with a solution of warm water and soapless detergent.
Glazed wall tiles should be wiped regularly with a soft cloth to remove soap before it dries. Avoid harsh abrasive and corrosive cleaners, particularly on decorated tiles.
Unglazed floor tiles have a slight porosity to their surface and can have a textured finish. This means more attention is required to keep the floor clean. Any spills should be washed from the floor straight away.
Grout with soap build up and mould in wet areas can cause discoloring. Gentle scrubbing with a nylon pad or brush will help restore discoloured areas.
Retain all spare tiles and grout left by Celebration Homes for possible repairs during the post-Construction Warranty Period.
If you intend to lay floor tiles (of any kind) please note that a flexible adhesive is a minimum requirement for floor tiling. This will compensate for any minor slab movements or shrinkage during the settlement period of your new home.
If grout or silicone dislodges in showers, prompt maintenance should be carried out to avoid moisture damage to adjoining rooms. A common location for this to occur is the last row of wall tiles where the wall meets the floor. Please ensure you regularly inspect this area to avoid any leaks. Problems caused by the use of harsh cleaning agents are not covered by warranty.
Care and Maintenance of Silicone Joints
1. Avoid the use of abrasive or harsh cleaning products and stiff brushes
2. Keep wet areas well ventilated to avoid mould and mildew forming due to excessive moisture
3. Clean silicone joints regularly to avoid deterioration
4. Inspect silicone joints every 12 months to identify any potential issues
(failure to do so may void your warranty)
Hot Water System
If your home is fitted with a storage hot water system, this is designed with a pressure relief valve that will release water on a regular basis. It is normal to see some discharge of water or steam from this area.
To keep your kitchen sink scratch-free for longer, avoid contact with harsh metal utensils. We recommend using Barraza Stainless Steel Cleaner, available from most hardware outlets, to keep stainless steel sinks sparkling clean.
Please refer to your Caesarstone warranty brochure for care of your benchtops.
Your benchtops will stay unspoiled for longer if you take a few simple precautions. Use chopping boards to protect your benchtops from knife scratches. Also, use mats or insulated stands under kettles, pans or hot food dishes as well as under heat-generating electrical appliances like toasters,frypans and slow cookers. Direct contact with hot utensils can cause surface burns, blistering and delamination of your benchtops.
We also suggest that you dry off excess water immediately and do not flood or immerse the laminated surface. Sitting water can seep into the surface and filter into joins, causing the underlying layers to swell and warp. Do not allow water to pool around the edge of the sink. Finally, keep laminated surfaces
protected from direct sunlight, as it can cause contraction and fading.
Mirrors and Showers Screens
Mirrors require special care when cleaning. Simply wipe over the surface with a few drops of methylated spirits on a damp lint free cloth and polish. Do not use abrasive cleaners as they may scratch the surface. Do not use acidic cleaners as they can damage the reflective backing.
Shower screen glass should be cleaned using cleaning materials that are free from grit and debris to avoid scratching. Use only detergents and cleaning solutions that are recommended for cleaning glass. Mild detergents are preferable.
Avoid contact with hot water on glass shower screens as it can cause cracking.
Celebration Homes recommends walls are not painted for six months after key handover.This allows the walls to dry out properly, as well as initial settlement of cornices and plaster work.Celebration Homes uses and recommends Solver Paints. As a Celebration Homes’ customer, you are eligible to receive an in-store discount from Solver on paint purchased to initially paint your home.
Celebration Homes recognises that you may opt to complete the painting yourself. Please follow the following guidelines to help achieve the best quality finish:
• Allow walls to dry and initial settlement to be repaired
• Brush down all walls to remove dust and impurities
• Apply an oil-based sealer to all walls – ensure coverage to lintels and window surrounds
• Patch any imperfections or marks to walls and sand smooth
• Apply two coats of low sheen acrylic paint in chosen colour
• Note some additional patching may be required during coats
Patching prior to sealing the walls can lead to a poor finish as the patch and the surrounding areas are different materials and will sand back at different rates. Celebration Homes does not recommend high sheen paints (gloss or metallic paints) for use on hand-finished surfaces, ie walls. These paints are not suitable for wall painting due to the way the reflected light highlights imperfections in the surface. These paints may not offer a high quality finish
in this situation.
Leaks under your sink, laundry trough or vanity basin may be due to shrinkage of the rubber seal in your waste pipe. Extra hand tightening may eliminate an unnecessary service call and damage to cupboard shelving.
Dripping taps may have sand lodged in the washer. By turning the tap on full for 10-15 seconds you may dislodge the particle. Due to the number of ongoing connections into the water mains (particularly in newer sub-divisions) it is not uncommon to use more than a few replacement washers in the first 12 months of occupation. We recommend that you keep a packet of tap washers on hand.
You may notice the water pressure in your shower is not as strong as other fixtures in your home.In accordance with Water Corporation regulations each shower is fitted with a water saving disk to regulate the amount of water flow.
Water hammer is common in homes and can be avoided by gently turning off taps. Dishwashers and automatic washing machines cannot be controlled as easily, but turning down the pressure at the water meter or fitting water hammer arresters may assist in lowering the noise.
Roof leaks in your home should be repaired without delay, as water can cause considerable damage to your home. Inspect roof tiles regularly, ensuring cracked tiles are replaced. Inspect gutters regularly to remove excess leaves or sand that may cause water to overflow into the eaves.Please note: roof leaks caused by air conditioning or an antenna installed post-handover are not
covered by Celebration Homes’ warranty.