One of the most distinctive and elegant features of a Victorian style bathroom is undoubtedly the copper bathtub. With its unique look and finish it offers a statement piece as well as a luxury feel for any bathroom, particularly freestanding baths placed on centre stage in the middle of the room.
Victorian copper baths sometimes have cast iron or porcelain finishes on the inside to give a more comfortable and smooth finish. Generally, if you follow these tips you can be sure to not damage your copper bath when cleaning it. It’s not as complicated as it might sound.
The best, and simplest, product you need to clean copper baths is a mild detergent mixed in warm water. There is no need to invest in expensive and complicated cleaning products, which makes maintenance affordable and easy. The most important thing to remember is that the material you use to clean the tub should be very soft so it doesn’t cause any scratches in the surface; a flannel will serve the purpose perfectly. Copper can’t handle corrosive cleaners or acidic and ammonia based cleaning agents (such as lemon or vinegar which can normally be used on more conventional bathroom surfaces). It is very important to avoid using these agents as they will seriously damage the copper bath.
Another important thing to bear in mind is the mineral content of your water. If water mineral levels are high in the area you live in it is worth drying your copper bath every time you have rinsed it as it will prevent any build up and deposits forming in the tub and on surfaces. Mineral deposits can damage the copper finish so it will be important to follow this drying procedure using a soft towel.
To give your copper bath some extra protection, particularly from mineral and hard water deposits, you can try treating the copper surface with wax. This will create an extra layer on the copper which makes it harder for water to penetrate the surface and cause the formation of stains and deposits which can be very hard to get rid of. Try to get hold of a wax which is commonly used for copper pipes and similar products as that will usually suffice.
Copper does unfortunately scratch fairly easily, however, this can add to the rustic character of the bath over time. Scratches do fade, and copper as a material changes over time, so the best thing to do it to embrace the changes and scratches as part of a unique feature in your bathroom.
As a summary, as long as you use a mild detergent combined with warm water to clean copper baths, and take care when considering using any other products to clean it, you can be sure to enjoy it for many years to come.