Brushed brass is an increasingly popular finish for kitchen taps, basin taps and shower sets. Care should be taken when cleaning brass finishes to maintain the quality, and with regular maintenance, the finish of your brass assets should last for years.
What Is Brushed Brass?
Brushed brass is a brass that’s slightly more dull than traditional polished brass and contains more distinct brush marks. Brushed brass is durable and elegant and is a popular choice for many modern interiors. We have a selection of gorgeous brassware here at Tap Warehouse, from brass taps, to accessories such as toilet roll holders, towel rings and mirrors.
Types of Brushed Brass Coating
There are a few different options when it comes to brushed brass fittings, so we're here to give you the lowdown.
Electroplating is where a product is coated with a very thin layer of Chromium or a coloured alternative using an electrical current. This aids the overall durability of the product, including its resistance to corrosion and general wear & tear.
Immersion plating is similar to electroplating but uses a chemical formula, involving an aqueous solution that creates a series of reactions. Immersion plating also creates a high quality and very durable finish.
Applied as a free-flowing powder, this coating does not require a solvent to keep the binder and filler parts together, and is cured under heat to form a durable, high-quality skin coating. This produces an extremely tough finish.
PVD or ‘Physical Vapor Deposition’ is a high density material that produces thin films and coatings. This causes the material to go from a condensed phase, to a vapor phase, back to a thin film condensed phase.
PVD coatings are extremely resistant to corrosion & scratches and boast high temperature resistance, good impact strength, and wonderful abrasion resistance.
How to Clean Brushed Brass
Be wary before you buy brass taps and showers that they require extra care than other finishes. Like any item of high quality, care should be taken in order to maintain the finish of your product for many years.
Rinse away any traces of soap and dry carefully with a soft cloth after each use. It’s worth having a cloth next to the tap so you don’t forget to do this regularly. Rinse carefully and dry any water marks as this will prevent water damage and maintain the shiny finish.
Mineral Deposits & Limescale
Vinegar is your best friend to get rid of mineral deposits on your taps. Use a 50/50 solution of white vinegar and water and leave on the brass product for a few minutes before rinsing off. Do not leave the vinegar solution to soak on the tap as this could tarnish the lovely finish.
Materials to Use
Soft cloths are best for cleaning brass as they are delicate and won't scratch the surface. Never use a brush or scouring pad as this will damage the material.
What to Avoid
Try to avoid substances such as toothpaste, perfumes, shaving cream and nail polish remover as this will also affect the sleek brushed brass finish.
Unlacquered brass is a ‘living’ finish that is manufactured to tarnish and mature over time, giving an industrial, unique appearance. Unlacquered brass is less maintenance to clean than brushed brass, so just use a delicate cloth with soapy water which will help to remove any debris or smudges.
Brushed Brass Kitchen Taps
We have a selection of brass kitchen taps, from pull out taps to boiling water taps. Brass kitchen taps are a fantastic option for many modern and traditional schemes and will be the talking point of your kitchen!
We hope this guide on how to clean brushed brass has helped to keep your taps & accessories in mint condition! Check out our popular Crosswater MPRO collection, which boasts a unique, modern design as well as durability.
If you're wondering how to clean matt black taps, we have a handy guide over on our blog for how to clean black taps correctly.