Caring for Your Matte Black Fixtures

How should I clean my matte black fixtures?

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Matte Black has become a popular option that adds a sophisticated flair to your bathroom fixtures and a timeless elegance. Now, how do you keep your fixtures looking fresh with that velvety finish? Here are a few tips:

 

  • Avoid using caustic chemicals such as Limeaway or SoftScrub. Abrasive cleaners will damage the finish.
  • Take care using your faucets so as not to damage or scratch the surface with jewelry such as rings. Just as the finish on a beautiful new car will scratch without proper care, so will your fixtures.
  • Use a mild mixture of one part white vinegar, 1.5 to 2 parts warm water, and a generous squirt of Dawn Dish soap. Mix in a spray bottle. Using this routinely will clean away any white rings or droplet spots left on the surface. Use a soft microfiber cloth when cleaning with this solution.

 

      • Should you have a heavier water scale left on your shower head, we recommend wrapping a plastic bag full of the above solution around the showerhead and letting it sit for a few hours. This will help descale the nozzles and return the shower head to its clean black finish.
      • Do not use more vinegar than water when cleaning to prevent the risk of damaging the finish.

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How to Improve the Longevity of Your Faucet

There are a few simple steps you can do no matter what brand or finish of the faucet you have that can help extend the life of your faucet.

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From our research, a good quality faucet that is well maintained should last between 15-25 years.

How do you know if you need maintenance on your faucet?

A good rule of thumb is if you notice a change in your flow pattern. Usually, this is a pretty abrupt and obvious issue as the water will start spraying rather than being aerated with a nice flow. 

Maintenance on the faucet's needs may vary based on a few factors such as the general quality of water in the area you are located and the hardness of the water.