Tips on Maintaining Your Bronze Bathroom Fixtures
by Angela Tague
The rich look of oil-rubbed bronze bathroom faucets is an upscale addition to any bathroom style. The copper-red color has a rustic feel, giving the bathroom a warm, inviting feel. Bronze bathroom fixtures are more corrosion resistant than their iron, brass and cast-iron counterparts, but they still require some upkeep. Keeping bronze bathroom fixtures looking shiny and new requires several maintenance and care steps, as moisture and harsh cleaning solutions can easily damage bronze bathroom hardware. Here are a few tips on maintaining your bronze bathroom faucets and other bath fixtures.
Maintaining Bronze Bathroom Fixtures:
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- Clean your bronze fixtures often.
Keeping bronze free from green film, corrosion and deterioration requires routine cleaning. With the right cleaning solutions, oil-rubbed bronze bathroom fixtures will last for years while keeping their great color and shine.
- Remove harmful corrossives from your fixtures.
Built-up dust, toothpaste, shaving gel, hairspray and other bathroom grime will eat away at the surface of bronze faucets. Use a soft, dry flannel cloth to gently wipe your bronze bathroom faucets daily, since they see more use.
- Dust bronze faucets frequently.
Built-up dust, toothpaste, shaving gel, hairspray and other bathroom grime will eat away at the surface of bronze bathroom faucets. Use a soft, dry flannel cloth to gently wipe your bathroom fixtures daily.
- Remove grime build-up.
Bronze faucets that have been neglected should be cleaned with a soft-bristle brush and an approved, non-harsh cleaning solution. Remove stubborn grime with a liquid cleaning solution. Mix 1 tablespoon of salt into 3 quarts of warm water. Wipe the bronze bathroom fixtures with the solution and rinse with clear water. Work to remove all dust and grime from crevices and around the base of the faucet. Finish by gently wiping the bathroom fixtures with a flannel cloth.
- Deep-clean your bronze faucets monthly with a paste mixture.
Mix 1 teaspoon of salt with 1 cup of white vinegar. Stir until dissolved. Add white flour until the mixture becomes a thick paste. Coat each bronze bathroom fixtures with the paste, working it into all hard-to-reach areas. Allow up to one hour for the paste to dry. Rinse with warm, clean water and polish dry with a flannel cloth.
- Polish bronze bathroom fixtures periodically.
Dip a clean flannel cloth in liquid wax. Wipe the entire fixture with the wax. Let it dry, coating the entire fixture. Use a fresh flannel cloth to buff the metal. This can help restore the shine on an oil-rubbed bronze bathroom fixture.
- Bronze faucets are prone to bronze disease.
When chlorides from cleaning materials combines with oxygen and moisture, a corrosion of rough, light green spots will form on the surface of a bronze bathroom faucet. Cleaning and treating bronze will reduce the chances of damage to this soft metal. A special solution of sodium sesquicarbonate may be used by a professional plumber to remove bronze disease.