All about brass

Where can brass be used in the bathroom and what do you need to know?

Brass is one of the oldest materials used in bathrooms and can be used almost anywhere – with care and attention. If the finish is natural brass – an unlacquered finish – it will need polishing and buffing regularly if you want to keep its lustrous shine. Natural brass can be left to patina down over time. Without polishing or surface care the shiny surface will develop its own character depending upon the environment.

When buying brass products, or products described as brass, always check whether they are actual brass, or brass-plated and whether they have been lacquered or unlacquered (sometimes called live or living brass). Lacquered or plated brass finishes may cause problems over time as the lacquer or plating can be removed or damaged by cleaning. This can lead to spotting or an uneven surface and can be difficult to rectify. Natural brass, however, can always be returned to a beautifully polished finish with the use of a brass cleaner and a little elbow grease.


Do they come in different shades, different qualities, will it patina, etc?

Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc and the different levels of each material may lead to slight differences in shading. The differences are mainly down to the use of the material, whether it will it be cast or bent, the different amount of elements can affect the use.






Pictured top left and right is the iconic 814 Low Level cistern in polished solid brass from Thomas Crapper which retails at £2,915 including VAT.  The cistern is hand-made in Britain with each one taking up to five hours of polishing to achieve the ideal surface finish. Pictured bottom left is a close up of the ornate Thomas Crapper branded brackets that are available. Pictured bottom right is the Marlborough cloakroom basin with taps in polished brass. The Marlborough taps retail at £405 inc. VAT, while the basin shown retails at £465 inc. VAT.

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