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DIY-type question about bathroom taps & chrome stuff

Discussion in 'Personal' started by Mrs Mo, Jul 11, 2011.

  1. We are currently in the process of having a bathroom refit - it all looks fabulous! We went for real top of the range fittings which were eye-wateringly expensive. Claw-foot bath with fab chrome stand pipes, beautiful chrome designer radiators/towel rail etc. I just happened to ask the fitter today about whether the chrome will ever go rusty. He then proceeded to say that I cannot use any preparatory cleaners such as Cillit Bang, Flash etc on the taps & other chrome parts because it will take the chrome off! Apparently they are only chrome plated on plastic. I have never heard of anything like this before. We have chrome taps elsewhere in the house and I have happily used Flash to clean them for years and they're fine.
    Has anyone else been told this? The fittings we chose were top of the range, not cheap rubbish. I can't quite believe that I can only use fairy liquid to clean them, or are they just covering themselves so as not to void any warranties?
    We've also had a wood effect laminate floor laid which also looks lovely but again, I've been told I cant use normal floor cleaners on it, I can only use the special cleaners from the manufacturer (which are no doubt pricey).
    Feeling a bit chuffed off really.
     
  2. We are currently in the process of having a bathroom refit - it all looks fabulous! We went for real top of the range fittings which were eye-wateringly expensive. Claw-foot bath with fab chrome stand pipes, beautiful chrome designer radiators/towel rail etc. I just happened to ask the fitter today about whether the chrome will ever go rusty. He then proceeded to say that I cannot use any preparatory cleaners such as Cillit Bang, Flash etc on the taps & other chrome parts because it will take the chrome off! Apparently they are only chrome plated on plastic. I have never heard of anything like this before. We have chrome taps elsewhere in the house and I have happily used Flash to clean them for years and they're fine.
    Has anyone else been told this? The fittings we chose were top of the range, not cheap rubbish. I can't quite believe that I can only use fairy liquid to clean them, or are they just covering themselves so as not to void any warranties?
    We've also had a wood effect laminate floor laid which also looks lovely but again, I've been told I cant use normal floor cleaners on it, I can only use the special cleaners from the manufacturer (which are no doubt pricey).
    Feeling a bit chuffed off really.
     
  3. harsh-but-fair

    harsh-but-fair Lead commenter

    What are they?
     
  4. I use whatever I fancy on my laminates
     
  5. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    A completely different hazard I found with chrome fittings was if you have one of those round chrome plug opener/closer thingies fitted at the bottom end of your bath just below the taps. First time I got in my new bath I thought the chrome fitting was displaying some awful **** movie featuring a naked bloated fat person wallowing around on their back. Then I realised it was my reflection.

    I only take showers now.

    All that stuff about only using the manufacturer's cleaning products is b*llocks.
     
  6. Yes you can - I have been doing so for donkey's years! The only thing to need to avoid is getting the floor too wet - the cloth/mop should just be damp, not wringing wet.

     
  7. "Preparatory cleaners" - I've probably used the wrong term here - I mean the usual shop bought stuff like Flash, Mr Muscle, Cillit Bang. THe sort of stuff I use all the time on my chrome taps in the kitchen and which are showing no signs of wear or damage.
     
  8. harsh-but-fair

    harsh-but-fair Lead commenter

    I think you mean proprietary ....
    You are usually advised not to use cleaners which contain abrasives, such as cif or cream cleaner as there is a risk of putting scratch marks into the chrome, although as chrome is quite a hard metal the risk is fairly small unless you are using a lot of 'elbow grease'.
    However while it is possible to chrome plate plastic I have never seen taps made of plastic. Certainly 'top of the range' fittings wouldn't be made of plastic. I think you need to ask a few more questions.
     
  9. anon468

    anon468 New commenter

    Oooo errr, missus! [​IMG]
     

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