Designed by the Japanese brothers , Shin and Tomoko Azumi, the LEM Piston Stool won "Product of the Year" at the International Interior Design Awards in 2000. The design is modern and imaginative and incorporates futuristic design in a stool which is surprisingly comfortable. Of all furniture, chairs and stools are most prone to stains and marks and can lose their new look quickly. Taking care of your LEM stool is quick and uncomplicated – but there are a few must-knows for the process.
The stainless steel piston and base. Few furniture pieces make use of stainless steel – chrome plated steel is far more common as it is less expensive and practical to work with. If your base is stainless steel, you’ve hit the jackpot. It is a durable and easy metal to work with and clean. Stainless steel is known to be a clean surface that resists corrosion and rust. For dirt, dust and grime put stainless steel at risk for corrosion and rust.
Luckily, stainless steel responds well to cleaning and never wears out from excessive cleaning.
• Scuff marks from shoes and polish. These are the most often encountered blemishes on the frames of bar chairs. For the surface wipe it with a cloth or sponge dipped in warm sudsy water added with a few drops of ammonia. Rinse well with clear water and wipe dry.
• Minor marks and routine cleaning. The least risky option for regular cleaning of stainless steel is to use clean warm water and a soft cloth. Dry with a towel or cloth to prevent water spots. Wipe in the directions of the polish lines. A great option to clean stainless steel use microfiber cleaning cloths.
• Fingerprints and smudges. These are one of the biggest complaints about stainless steel, but can be taken care by using glass cleaner or household ammonia. Rinse thoroughly and towel dry. Some new finishes for stainless steel resist fingerprints, really great if you have small children in the house.
• Scratch marks. Because of the mirror finish on stainless steel any scratches are very obvious. Check the direction of the scratches – make sure that you rub only in the direction of the scratches. Buff the surface by rubbing it with a non-metallic abrasive pad (like a Scotch Brite pad). Rub down with a soft cloth, inspect and repeat if necessary. Keep warm water away from this process as it may eventually cause rust.