California Faucets


Finish Care Instructions

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Congratulations on your purchase of a fine decorative fitting from California Faucets.  With proper care, your fitting will maintain its beautiful appearance for years to come.  While all California Faucets finishes are designed for maximum durability, failure to give your fitting the proper care may void the warranty.  As a result, here are a few helpful tips:

All Finishes

Easy Maintenance…

  • Wipe dry after each use with a soft dry cloth to prevent water-spotting and mineral build-up.

  • Clean and wax regularly.  We recommend Faucet Brite**, which contains both gentle cleansers and a fine wax coating.  Otherwise, cleanwith mild soap and water, then apply a quality car wax or floor paste wax.  For Living Finishes (see description below), we recommend Renaissance Wax instead.

  • Avoid all abrasive and aggressive chemicals (“SoftScrub”, etc.).

  • Avoid ammoniated products (window cleaner, tile cleaners, etc.).

  • Avoid bleach.Do not use abrasive cleaning pads.

  • Do not allow water to come into prolonged contact with faucet surface, wipe down after each use.

  • Do not allow water to collect at base of faucet.

In addition to above, read the following finish-specific notes:

Powder Coat Finishes

(Antique Brass, Bella Terra Bronze, Pewter, Polished/Satin/Antique Copper, White, Biscuit, Black, Matte Black, Matte White)

These finishes are protected with a clear powder coating designed to allow the underlying color to show through and provide a layer ofprotection.  Still, abrasives and harsh chemicals can damage the finish and expose the underlying fitting to tarnish and corrosion.  Follow the “All Finishes” recommendations listed above.  Avoid all abrasives.

Nickel Finishes

(Satin Nickel)

These finishes are uncoated so as to allow the natural, subtle beauty of the metal to show through.Follow the “All Finishes” recommendations listed above.  If not cared for regularly, Nickel finishes may oxidize and require a stronger cleaning agent.  If this happens, simply use a mild metal polish such as Flitz or Semi-Chrome. It will restore your fittings’ natural luster.

24k Gold Finishes

(Polished/Satin 24K gold)

We no longer offer 24k Gold Finishes. For reference, we offer the following care instructions for 24kGold Finish already in the field:

The name says it all.  Treat 24K gold-plated faucets and fittings like you would fine jewelry.  Follow the “All Finishes” recommendations listed above.  Gold is soft.  Avoid abrasive cleaning agents, rough cleaning cloths and vigorous cleaning action.

PVD Finishes

(Polished/Satin Brass, English Brass, Black Nickel, Polished/Satin Rose Bronze, Polished/Satin Gold, Mocha Bronze, Stainless Steel, Ultra Stainless Steel, PolishedNickel, Graphite, Carbon, French Gold and Satin Bronze)

PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition) uses a state-of-the-art process that molecularly bonds the finish to the faucet, creating a super-hardsurface that is by far the most durable available today.  These cutting edge finishes are so effective we guarantee them for life against tarnishing.  Although our PVD finishes have proven resistant to over 100 cleaning products, we recommend avoiding certain products(listed below) since they can harm even a PVD finish:  Follow the “All Finishes” recommendations listed to above.   Avoid all products designed to remove tarnish or rust, and contain hydrochloric, hydrofluoric, and/or phosphoric acid or caustic agents.  Avoid bleach.  Avoid Scouring Pads (such as Scotch Brite®).  

*NOTE:  California Faucets’ Stainless Steel (SS) finish is a PVD Coating.  Products with this coating are not made from actual stainless steel raw material.   Do not use cleaners or polishes which may typically be used on stainless steel kitchen appliances.  Use of such products will void finish warranty.  For proper care, please refer to PVD Finish instructions above.

Living Finishes

(Weathered Brass, Weathered Copper, Oil Rubbed Bronze, Rustico Bronze, Polished Brass Uncoated)

These are unique artistic products, created so no two fittings look exactly alike.   A remarkable characteristic of these finishes is that theyage and wear over time, enhancing the rustic, antique look of the faucet.  Because Living Finishes are by nature more delicate than other finishes, the only treatment we recommend is a high quality wax such as Renaissance Wax, available from your authorized CaliforniaFaucets dealer.  No other cleaning is necessary or recommended.  

For Weathered Brass and Weathered Copper: Allow faucet parts to age in the open air for 1-2 weeks, and then re-wax prior to installation.  This will help prevent dark water spots and allow the rich natural patina to develop evenly.  

For Oil Rubbed Bronze and Rustico Bronze: Areas that are touched frequently, such as handles, will lighten faster from contact and develop additional shine from your natural hand oils.