Matt black (BL)
Matt black in three words? Stylish, luxurious, trendy. This popular finish is used in both minimalist spaces as well as in bathrooms and kitchens, which are defined by trends and design. One thing is for sure: matt black taps set the tone and give a bathroom or kitchen the look of an elegant boutique hotel or five-star restaurant. Matt black can help you make a statement and give your interior a real boost.
Cleaning matt black: 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: Minimum effort, maximum effect
✔ Tip 2: Prevention is better than cure
✔ Tip 3: use a good sanitation cleaner
✔ Tip 4: Remove limescale from your shower head nozzles
✔ Tip 5: Provide greater protection
To prevent damage and any complaints, both when using and cleaning taps and showers, follow the cleaning instructions below. Our guarantee does not cover any damage caused through careless use or cleaning.
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: use a good sanitation cleaner
Easy-peasy; When giving your bathroom its weekly clean, use the Hotbath tap cleaner. Always spray the Hotbath cleaner onto a soft cloth or sponge and then apply it to the tap; never spray directly onto the tap itself. Allow the spray to work in for no longer than 1-2 minutes. Then rinse everything thoroughly so no tap cleaner remains on the product, and wipe your taps dry to finish.
Tip 4: 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!
Hard limescale deposits? To keep your nozzles completely free of limescale, clean your overhead shower and hand-held shower again with the Hotbath tap cleaner. Don't forget to rinse everything off thoroughly after 1-2 minutes, and dry off.
Tip 5: Provide greater protection
The final tip from our box of tricks: car wash. To give your black taps an extra layer of protection, you can put them through the car wash. Car wax prevents dirt and limescale from corroding the taps. Dirt cannot cling to the surface so easily, and there is less risk of damage to the finish. Win-Win!
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.