Aged Brass (AB)
Aged brass is a class apart. The finish has a naturally aged look, achieved through the manner in which the material is worked. The ageing contributes to the allure of this colour and gives the tap a stunning appearance. Water, air, cleaning products and touching it all have a positive influence on the material, and only serve to make it more and more beautiful. Please note: this finish has an industrially-applied irreversibly-aged patina which cannot be polished.
The AB finish is a pure metal finish, it will or can discolour through external uses or influences (oxidation) and form a natural patina, this quality is expected in the product supplied.
Cleaning aged brass: our tips and tricks
Nobody wants to spend hours on their hands and knees cleaning off limescale build-up in the bathroom. Luckily you won't need to - follow our advice to keep your bathroom shiny and clean! The tips and tricks below will help keep your taps looking amazing.
✔ Tip 1: dry with a soft (hand) towel or cloth.
✔ Tip 2: be careful when using sharp objects
✔ Tip 3: remove limescale from the nozzles
Follow these cleaning instructions below to prevent damage and complaints, both when using and cleaning taps and showers Damage caused by the careless use or cleaning is not included in the terms of our warranty. Hotbath items are fully manufactured from high-quality brass.
Tip 1: Minimum effort, maximum effect
Your taps remain limescale-free for longer if they are dried with a soft cloth or towel after use. If you have just enjoyed a refreshing shower, give it a quick 'pat on the head' with the towel you've used to dry yourself. In this way, you dry yourself and your taps at the same time. Try to make this a habit after showering. It's a small task that has a significant effect and removes the need for hours of heavy cleaning later.
Tip 2: Prevention is better than cure
Just like with a car, sharp objects can cause scratches on your taps. The taps are covered with a very high-quality finish but, like car paint, will always remain somewhat susceptible to scratches. Prevent these scratches by refraining from using scouring sponges, abrasives or microfiber cloths. Also, be careful with your jewellery. You have chosen the Ferrari of taps, after all.
Tip 3: Remove limescale from your shower head nozzles
You've probably been there: you're enjoying a nice hot shower, and you look up and suddenly see that a number of the water jets in your shower head are shooting off in various directions, except for the right one. This means there is limescale in the nozzles. It's nothing serious, as you can easily remove limescale build-up in the shower head nozzles with a good rub of your hand. Do this a few times while showering to prevent the nozzles from becoming blocked, and you'll be able to enjoy using your shower for many years to come!
What Hotbath does not recommend
- using a cleaning agent that contains hydrochloric acid, vinegar or any other aggressive acid or chlorine;
- using an (industrial) cleaning agent that contains phosphorus; mixing different cleaning agents;
- using aggressive cleaning agents, scouring sponges and microfiber cloths;
Even products like shampoo, colour rinses, shower gels and liquid soap can cause damage. Taps must also be thoroughly rinsed with water afterwards. Using a soft cloth on taps and showers after showering/bathing keeps the products free from limescale for longer.
Important advice when using a water softener
When using a water softener, you must pay close attention to the advice from your supplier regarding the adjustment of the system. Improperly adjusted water softeners can cause irreversible damage to metal surfaces that come into contact with drying shower or bath water. This damage is recognisable by what is known as an orange effect on polished finishes or non-polishable marks on brushed finishes. Hotbath fittings affected in this way are not covered by any form of guarantee.