CLEANING AND CARE

VC Products:

  • Clean the surface of your vitreous china toilet or lavatory with a mild cleaner/soap and soft cloth.
  • DO NOT USE ABRASIVE CLEANSERS, ABRASIVE PADS OR STEEL WOOL to clean vitreous china surfaces as it can result in scratching and dulling of the surface.
  • DO NOT USE IN-TANK DROP-IN TOILET BOWL CLEANERS CONTAINING CHLORINE OR BLEACH.  Do not expose plastic trim parts to strong oxidizing agents, chlorine, or acid levels of lower than 5.0 ph. Most bowl/tile cleaners contain such agents.
    • Use of in-tank drop-in cleaners containing chlorine or bleach can cause tank component failure and damage. Our warranty excludes such failures.
    • Use of in-tank drop-in cleaners containing chlorine or bleach voids Fluidmaster warranty and will result in damage to tank components and may cause flooding and property damage.
  • Toilet Seats
    • Clean the surface of your toilet seat with a mild cleaner/soap and soft cloth. DO NOT use abrasive cleansers, abrasive pads or steel wool to clean the toilet seat surfaces as it can result in scratching and dulling of the surface.

 

Brass Products:

Many of the bathroom cleaners used today contain aggressive chemicals and abrasives for the purpose of removing soap scum and stains from porcelain, enamel, and ceramic tile surfaces. Often these products are incorrectly used to clean the chrome, polished brass, or other finishes on faucets, showerheads, and bathroom accessories. Depending on the particular abrasive or chemical product used, application to plated products may result in immediate or long-term damage or finish removal.

The following guidelines are suggested to clean plated products:

  • Maintenance:
  • When cleaning plated surfaces, DO NOT USE ACIDS, SOLVENTS, OR ABRASIVES as they will damage the finish. Use of a warm, dampened with water cloth to clean and a soft cloth to dry is recommended. Use of Turtlewax with Silicone is recommended as well.

    The following types of solutions can adversely affect any manufacturer’s chrome plating:

    • High chlorine content cleaners: Bleach, bowl cleaners.
    • Acid based cleansers: Hydrochloric acid, muriatic acid, hydrofluoric or phosphoric acids. Even those with acetic acid such as found in vinegar.
    • Solvent based cleansers: Xylene, toluene
    • Others: Alcohol, aromatic oils (found in aftershave)

    Remember that even inadvertent application such as over spray or splashing can result in damage. If these products come into contact with your faucets, rinse with water immediately. Proper training of housekeeping or maintenance staff can significantly reduce damage to finishes that may result in costly replacement of products.

    Our products are plated and tested per ASTM specifications. These are standards that are used throughout the industry. No manufacturer’s product will withstand solutions that are described above.

    General comments on the potential effects of cleaners are noted below:

    • Foaming cleaners: - may cause crazing or cracking of acrylic handles and plastic parts. Repeated use may soften protective organic overcoats on polished brass finishes.
    • Bleach – (active ingredient – sodium hypochlorite) causes long term corrosion damage to finishes.
    • Solvent stain and spot removers – (active ingredients – xylene, toluene) causes cracking of plastic parts, damage to finishes.
    • Cleaners with alcohol – may cause cracking in acrylic handles and other plastic parts.
    • Heavy grout/tile cleaners – (active ingredients – hydrochloric acid, muriatic acid, hydrofluoric or phosphoric acids) will remove finishes.
    • Lime removers – typically contain either phosphoric or hydrofluoric acids, which remove finishes.
    • Abrasive cleansers – any abrasive cleanser, even a mild one, will remove chrome, brass, or any other finish. At first the finish will appear dull and scratched.
 
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