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Copper Bathtub Care & Maintenance

Cleaning Copper Tubs & Copper Tubs with Nickel Finish

Naturally copper metal is corrosion resistant hence copper bathtubs would never rust.

Copper turns green because of chemical reactions with the elements. Just as iron that is left unprotected in the open air will corrode and form a flaky orange-red outer layer, copper that is exposed to the elements undergoes a series of chemical reactions that give the shiny metal a pale green outer layer called a patina that protects the copper from further corrosion.

Copper bathtubs are easy to maintain & require you to keep only three points in mind that we will discuss ahead.

Often a copper bathtub or sink is partially plated with nickel, leaving some natural copper exposed to bring out the rich earthy tones of the copper.

Nickel is a highly reflective finish with a warm, silvery tone, available in both polished and matte varieties, as well as a variety of textures.

Nickel bathtubs are typically lacquered and require little maintenance to maintain the polished surface.

To clean your nickel or copper tub follow following three bullet points:

  • Simply rinse after each use to rid the surface of any soap or dirt. Dried water spots can be easily rubbed out with a soft towel.
  • For a more thorough cleaning, wash occasionally with dish soap and a sponge.
  • To keep your copper fixture in its original condition and prevent the natural aging process, apply copper wax at least once every 15-20 days.

Warnings

  • Use a mild detergent or mild soap ONLY. Other cleaning products can damage the surface of the copper bath. These include degreasers and corrosive cleaners, plus ammonia or acid-based cleaners. NEVER use any of these as it can cause irreparable damage.
  • Use a soft cloth ONLY. NEVER use steel wool as this can scratch the surface of the bath, and the same goes for brushes.
  • When you’re having a bath make sure anything you want to add to the water is suitable for use in a copper bath. For example, lemon should NEVER be added to bath water.

Dealing With Mineral Deposits

From time to time you may get a film on the surface of your copper bath that is the result of a build-up of mineral deposits. This will especially be the case if you live in an area where the water has a high mineral content, but it can happen anywhere if you don't take the correct precautions. Simply do the following:

  • Dry the surface of the bath down thoroughly after each use, making sure it’s completely dry and smooth.
  • Optionally you may want to try waxing the surface of the copper bath. This helps to prevent scratches, but it also helps prevent mineral deposits from forming in the first place. When you've done this you will notice that beads of water form on the bath. When these disappear it is time to give the bath another coat of wax, although it’s worth noting this won’t be a regular task.

Scratches

To be honest it’s really not worth trying to repair any scratches. It’s a well-known fact that copper scratches easily and the second you try to repair a scratch another one will just pop up elsewhere. Instead you should learn to love the scratches, as these alongside dings and dents form a unique character for your copper bath and add to that rustic feel. Eventually scratches will blend into the surface of their own accord anyway, as copper will change appearance over time.    

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