While doing the bathroom or kitchen, it is important to choose the right equipment. The brass faucet is a reliable and aesthetic product that does not corrode. It can withstand any thermal conditions.
Not every metal adequately maintains contact with moisture. The brass alloy proved to be very good in these conditions. Its composition:
- zinc - 20-40%;
- copper - 60-80%.
To improve performance, tin, nickel or other metal is added to the material. Brass is safe for health, and its components are completely ecological. The mixer feed can also be made of this metal.
All brass valves can be classified as follows:
- place of installation;
- type of crane opening and temperature control;
- jet parameters;
- character of installation.
All products of brass alloy are divided into the installation locations:
Each mixer has a number of properties that are needed for a particular room. Bathroom mixers are made without spills, but with the same shower head. The brass mixer for the kitchen or dining room has a swivel mechanism and is equipped with a spout. The wash basin faucet is made completely fixed.
The mechanisms for opening the crane and adjusting the temperature are:
- with one lever;
A brass bath mixer with a two-fan circuit is the most reliable. The contactless type is not inferior to it, but the cost of its installation is unacceptable for people with an average income. The product is easy to use for one lever, but it often breaks.
Mount the brass faucet on the bath, washbasin and sink or directly to the wall. This will help in this quality feeder for the mixer.
Today, mixers made of brass and bronze are widely used. Their cost is slightly lower than brass faucets. They are no less durable and do not rust with time. Inside the product does not spoil from the aggressive impact of mineral deposits.
Among the main advantages of brass faucets with respect to stainless steel taps, there is an acceptable cost. When comparing the material with copper or bronze, there are a number of advantages:
- high strength;
- resistance to mechanical damage;
- heat resistance;
- absence of leaks.
All products of popular world brands Jacob Delafon, Hansgrohe, Grohe BauEdge, Lemark and others are made in accordance with international requirements and standards.
Types of Coatings
Brass alloy does not need additional coating to improve the protective properties. It by itself is able to withstand any stresses. Manufacturers still apply a layer on the faucets to give it an attractive appearance.
For brass mixers, two types of coating are used:
- application of enamel or paint.
In the first case, galvanization is carried out. Under the action of a current on the mixer, a thin layer of another metal is applied. The most common options are:
A number of positive properties are rewarded by a brass faucet for a sink covering of chrome. It causes the product to shine and destroy harmful bacteria passing through it. Nickel - the second most popular version of the coating. It is capable of causing allergies, so sensitive people should better abandon it.
Copper and bronze are used to maintain the overall style of the room. Brilliant coatings are more attractive, but require regular cleaning from stains and stains. Matte surface is more restrained, but always looks like new. For elite and prestigious premises you can buy a silvered or gold-plated brass mixer.
Enameled surface of the product will effectively shimmer in the sun or under the light of the lamp. A colored mixer is easier to match for interior design. Unfortunately, paint and enamel have insufficient durability. They are not suitable for active use. Shortly, they formed cracks and chips, which adversely affect the appearance of the room.
Today, a wide range of brass mixers is represented in sanitary ware shops. The product can be selected for any interior - classical or modern.
|Interior Style||A suitable model|
|Antique, retro style||With aging effect; coating - chrome, bronze or silver; curved slender cock and round handles|
|Classical||Traditional round shape; coating - copper or bronze; one handle for temperature switching|
|Modern||Brilliant coating; non-standard shape of the crane|
|High tech||Covering "chrome-crystal"|
|Royal||Gold-plated or silver-plated brass faucets|
Decorated products from brass alloy in various ways:
- relief surface;
- elements from glass.
Even an ordinary brass mixer enlivens and updates the familiar interior of any room.
How to distinguish a fake?
When buying plumbing, do not forget about the possibility of encountering a fake. A quality brass faucet and shower mixer can not be cheap. No share or discount will not justify the cheapness of products. This will only mean that you are trying to sell a fake or a poor quality product.
There is a way to protect yourself from buying a fake. Right in the store you need to estimate the weight of the mixer. Plumbing made of brass is heavy. Manufacturers like to forge spout, giving out for it thin steel. It is he who needs special attention. It is worth to abandon the brass cocks with plastic levers, as they are short-lived.
Brass mixer will decorate the room only with regular care. Careful exploitation also affects the appearance of the product. It is not recommended to touch it with dirty hands. The faucet should be protected from leaks from closely spaced knots and pipes.
Maintain a beautiful view and the original color of the plumbing is not difficult. If, nevertheless, the moment is missed and the mixer is in a deplorable state, then shop or home remedies will come to the rescue.
Avoid stubborn stains will help daily or, in extreme cases, a weekly wash. For maintenance, it is sufficient to wipe the product with a damp cloth. Aggressive cleaners should not be used, as they can damage the surface. Usual soapy water is used. In the end, you need to wipe the mixer with a dry cloth, so that it does not form stains from drying water and do not spoil the color of the product.
How to restore the old shine?
In an inhomogeneously aged brass has its own charm, but not everyone likes the antique look. In the hardware store, you can purchase funds to return the shine of the old surface. It is necessary to carefully study the label, since the old plaque does not remove all of them. Some only polish and briefly return the original color.
Clean the faucet from contamination with conventional ketchup. The citric acid, which is part of its composition, is able to restore shine and color. A small amount is applied to the fabric, after which it is brushed by a brass surface. The mixer is then rinsed with water and rinsed with a rag.
You can prepare for cleaning the crane "Polish" polishing paste. It will take 1 teaspoon of a large salt, 100 ml of vinegar and 3 tablespoons of flour. First, salt is poured into the vinegar and mixed until completely dissolved. Then the flour is added to the mixture to a dough-like consistency. The brass mixer is rubbed with the composition and left for 10 minutes. After the tap is washed in the standard way.
A brass mixer is the best choice if you do not want to face corrosion or frequent replacement of the crane. The coating of chrome or nickel will perfectly fit into any interior. The variety of classic and modern models will make it possible to easily find a suitable product.