CARE & CLEANING

Baths
For light daily cleaning, simply rinse the bath with warm water. If any marks persist, clean with warm soapy water ensuring that the soap is a non-abrasive bathroom or kitchen household cleaner (e.g. Sunlight Liquid). Abrasives (e.g. Handy Andy) will decrease the glossiness of the bath with continued use.

Should you need to clean the bath with an abrasive cleaner, as may be required after heavy use, polishing the dried bath with a car polish or household metal polish will restore the bath’s lustre. Ensure to wash away any remaining residue from cleaning products.

Do not use scouring powders and avoid contact with other household chemicals such as hair dyes, carpet dyes, paint strippers, strong disinfectants, alcohol, after shave, perfumes and nail varnishes and their removers or bleaches. Baths with special finishes require extra care – if need be, wipe with a soft, damp cloth and do not use strong chemicals.

 

Chrome plated products
Chrome can be cleaned regularly with warm soapy water and a soft cloth. Even though chrome is the most robust finish, it is still prudent to avoid abrasive powders, detergents or polishes as well as any cleaners containing alcohol, acid or corrosive chemicals. When chrome fittings are installed close to the sea air, regular cleaning is required to remove salt from eating into the chrome.

 

Cleaning do’s

• Clean regularly with warm water and a mild pH-neutral liquid soap and then polish with a clean, soft, lint-free cloth. A microfibre cloth is ideal as it is gentle but effective for cleaning without scratching and needs only to be dampened with water to clean the product.

• It is easier and more preferable for the finish to perform regular cleaning than infrequent ‘heavy’ cleaning.

• Always rinse the item with water after cleaning with a detergent.

• To remove limescale deposits, we advise a 50/50 solution of water and white vinegar or lemon juice. To avoid the solution from running away, apply to some cotton wool and wrap it around the area. Alternatively use a nylon scratch pad or toothbrush to clean difficult areas.

Do not leave the solution on the product for more than an hour and ensure to rinse thoroughly afterwards followed by drying the item with a lint-free cloth to delay any future build-up. For heavy scaling, the process can be repeated as long as the area is rinsed off in-between treatments to avoid a build-up of citric acid.

• If the product has a removable spout aerator or filter, it can be unscrewed and cleaned periodically in warm water and white vinegar or lemon juice to maintain the flow rates.

 

Special finishes
Victorian Bathrooms offers a select range of special finishes for specific tapware and accessories. It is important to be aware that special finishes are known as ‘living finishes’ that over time will develop a natural patina, changing as they react with the environment they are in. For many, this natural aging of the finish is the appeal and charm of choosing a special finish however, some would prefer for the finish to remain in its original state which requires regular maintenance and care.
Maintaining the special finish is not difficult but it does require regular effort, especially if you live along the coast.

Extra care must be taken for all special finishes during installation and daily use. Normally, a damp soft sloth is all it takes to shine up your fittings however if it is not sufficient, mix a solution of warm, soapy water with the cloth. Do not use anything stronger than a non-abrasive household cleaner (e.g. Sunlight Liquid). Never clean with abrasive solutions (e.g. Handy Andy) as these can actually damage your special finish.

After cleaning, be sure to dry the fittings as this will prevent water spots and any possible further damage. A tip to keeping your fittings in ideal condition is to keep a dry cloth nearby so that you can dry off the fittings after you have finished using them. Please be aware that with the majority of the special finishes offered by Victorian Bathrooms, the finishes are engineered locally by hand making them unique and individual to every order. With this being said, should you have other finishes to which you plan on matching the Victorian Bathrooms’ special finishes, please consider that the metals may not be an exact match. Victorian Bathrooms holds stock of fittings in the chrome finish so should you request a special finish, be aware that there is a lead time according to the fitting being ordered and additional charges for the finish.

 

Mirrors
Mirrors are very fragile and need to be handled with care during cleaning. Care should always be taken to avoid getting the edges of the mirror wet with any liquid or substance. This can result in damage to the mirror edges, commonly known as ‘black edge’. Should mirror edges get wet, they should be dried off immediately.

The following are recommendations for maintaining your mirrors:

• The very best and safest cleaner for a mirror is clean, warm water used with a soft, lint-free cloth. Wring all water from the cloth before wiping the mirror. Dry the mirror immediately with a dry lint-free cloth.

• Do not use acid or alkali cleaners for mirror cleanup after installation. Either substance can attack the front surface and edges as well as the backing of the mirror. No abrasive cleaners should ever be used on any mirror surface.

• Many sealants, including most silicones, will damage the mirror backing paint and expose the silvering to chemical and moisture attack.

• Do not use commercial mirror cleaners that contain ammonia or vinegar.

• Do not spray cleaners directly on the mirror. Always apply cleaner directly to a soft, lint-free cloth and then wipe the mirror. This will help prevent the cleaner from contacting the edges of the mirror and damaging them.

• Ensure to use soft, lint and grit-free cloths to clean a mirror. Never use razor blades or any other metal tool to clean a mirror as these may scratch the mirror’s surface.

• Make sure that all joints and edges are dry so that no liquid or cleaner comes into contact with the edges and backing. Keeping any liquid or cleaner from collecting at the bottom edge of the mirror will also prevent the silver coating in the mirror from being attacked and ‘black edge’ from occurring.

 

Construction site conditions:
Mirror products must be protected during construction site storage and installation. Mirrors should be stored in a dry, well-ventilated area, free of chemical fumes and away from high heat sources, such as steam or water pipes. Exposure to excessive moisture or harmful construction materials can result in hard-to-remove surface conditions.

Mirrors should be the last to be installed. We do not recommend that you install your mirror directly onto raw wood, latex enamels, or oil-based paints or stains. These materials will attack the backing paint on the mirror and expose the silvering to these chemicals and moisture in the air. Fresh paint must be allowed to cure for a minimum of 14 days before installing the mirror over the paint.

Perspex
Please clean all Perspex items with care using warm water and a soft, lint-free cloth. Exceptionally soiled products can be cleaned with warm water and a non-abrasive cleaner (e.g. Sunlight Liquid). Never use any harsh cleaning abrasives as these will damage the Perspex (e.g. please do not use Windolene) as this may result in crazing of the Perspex). Special Perspex cleaner is available through Victorian Bathrooms if required.

 

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