We see many baths in our line of business. Even when we’re not ‘on the job’, we’re looking at baths, basins, toilets, tiles and showers…Occupational hazard you might say! We call it a passion to restore!
The majority of baths we see are in need of restoration due to the fact that the base of the bath has become dull, stained, chipped or cracked, rough and hard to clean. Sometimes the damage is far worse – it’s already reached the black surface – this is the final stages just before the base metal of the bath starts shining through.
We find the majority of these baths are cast-iron baths – found in period homes and apartments in the suburbs or country side. Cast- iron baths are in our opinion baths that are definitely not to be replaced! These are one of the best baths – they’re big and retain the heat well!
We are often called in to rescue acrylic baths – these baths are not as durable as their cast-iron and pressed-steel forefathers and so they are susceptible to large scale damage – holes, stains, acid burns, candle burns and many many cracks. The baths put into the newly built homes are not the best quality and as such are often not well installed. The walls are thin and they wear down quickly with multiple users in the home.
Another regular fix we’re called in to perform is when a client’s just purchased a new home and loves everything about their new purchase barring the loud or brash colour that’s featured in the bathroom. Changing the colour of a bath, basin, toilet, tiles or shower base is very easy – the client chooses their preferred colour – be it from a colour swatch in a paint shop or a piece of material they’d like us to replicate on their bath – we can resurface your bath in any colour of your choice.
All baths are easily damaged by today’s harsh cleaning detergents – we like to tell our clients “Don’t use anything other than regular sunlight liquid.” Anything that has ammonia in it is a definite no-no for any bath, basin, toilet, tile or shower base – the ammonia dulls the top coating and over a period of time you will be left with a bath that is hard to clean and constantly looks dirty. This means your bath is ready for a good resurfacing job!
Pressed-steel baths are prone to chips, scratches – both which are filled by dirt and debris from soaps and detergents. Even plumbers often chip the enamel under the taps when installing taps in these baths. When your pressed-steel bath looks like it has a bad dose of acne – then it’s time for it to be resurfaced.
So when do you resurface your bath?
THE MORAL OF OUR STORY IS…WHEN IN DOUBT… DON”T REPLACE. RESURFACE.