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Acrylic Baths

This is the most common material now used to produce baths in the UK and Europe. Acrylic comes in several thicknesses most commonly 3mm, 5mm, 8mm and 10mm. The thicker the bath does not mean the stronger the bath, the acrylic is there to hold the colour and maintain a waterproof barrier, the strength of the bath is a combination of the glass-reinforced plastic which is sprayed on the underside of the bath and the acrylic.

Manufacturing

A sheet of Acrylic 5mm thick is heated and pulled into a mould to make the shapes of the baths, rectangular, circular, corner or square.
The acrylic mould is then sprayed with glass-reinforced plastic on the underside of the bath to give the bath more strength
A chipboard base is then fitted to the bottom of the bath to give the acrylic bath more rigidity for stepping in and out of.
Another layer of Glass-reinforced plastic is then sprayed on again to fully encapsulate the bath, again adding extra strength.

Fitting

Before installation the protective packaging on the bath should be removed and the bath inspected, we then recommend that the bath is to be re-covered for protection during installation.
All acrylic baths are supplied with no tap holes and it is down to the installer to drill the baths as required to suit the choice of taps.

Maintaining Acrylic baths.

All Acrylic baths are designed to give many years of reliable service provided they are maintained and cared for.
These are our recommendations:-

• Clean up immediately after use to stop a build up dirt and scale.
• Use warm soapy water, CIF cream cleaner or Domestos multi surface cleaner.
• Fix dripping taps – this stops scale and lime scale build up.
• Minor scratches and abrasions can be polished out with a mild polishing compound like Brasso.

We recommend that you don’t:-

• Leave soap and shampoo pools, these can cause permanent stains.
• Never use household or commercial cleaning chemicals with bleach incorporated it can damage the acrylic.
• Do not use scouring products, acrylic can scratch.

Double Skinned Acrylic baths

Double skin acrylic baths are free standing baths that are either traditional or contemporary, very much like the cast iron versions but not as heavy.

Manufacturing

The best way to describe these baths is a “bath in a bath!”

* Firstly they take a 5mm sheet of acrylic and mould the shape of the bath.
* Another mould is then made inside out to fit directly inside the bath.
* Both undersides of the bath are sprayed with Glass-reinforced plastic.
* A base board is then fitted between the 2 sheets of acrylic for extra support and strength.
* The floor mounted baths are fitted with adjustable legs on a frame to give extra support and for fitting purposes.
* Each bath has a specific waste and a specific tap position.

Maintaining the baths

To maintain the bath the same rules apply to the Double skin Acrylic baths as they do the acrylic baths:

These are our recommendations:-

• Clean up immediately after use to stop a build up dirt and scale.
• Use warm soapy water, CIF cream cleaner or Domestos multi surface cleaner.
• Fix dripping taps – this stops scale and lime scale build up.
• Minor scratches and abrasions can be polished out with a mild polishing compound like Brasso.

We recommend that you don’t:-

• Leave soap and shampoo pools, these can cause permanent stains.
• Never use household or commercial cleaning chemicals with bleach incorporated it can damage the acrylic.
• Do not use scouring products, acrylic can scratch.

Cast Iron Baths

Cast Iron is the material from which most baths used to be made and is now most commonly used for freestanding baths.

Manufacturing

The Cast Iron Baths are moulded and fired to an exceptional heat. When the bath is heated to the sufficient temperature the cast iron bath is enamelled by fusing a thick coat of powder enamel to the surface of the red hot surface. This process gives the cast iron bath very individual characteristics.

Characteristics:-
1. The Bath may inherit dimples
2. There may be a degree of surface ripple.
3. There may be evidence of small black specks on the surface of the bath.

These are normal and will not affect the life span of the bath.

Points to remember:-

1. The weight of a standard cast iron bath is in the region of 25 stones without water, spread over 4 legs. With water it approximately weighs 40 stones.
2. Cast Iron Baths come unfinished, customers must metal prime the baths, and then paint them to suit using an oil based paint.
3. A cast iron bath must be painted before the feet are fitted.
4. We recommend that the cast iron baths are cleaned regularly with a non – abrasive cleaner. Wash with warm soapy water after use to get rid of the build up of dirt and scale.
5. Never use any bathroom lime scale remover or any acidic or alkali cleaner unless it has been specifically recommended in the manufactures instructions.
6. Never use bleach on the cast iron bath it will erode the enamel surface.
7. Repair any leaking or dripping taps to ensure no pools of water are left in the bath.
8. Any silver aluminium / metal marks can be carefully removed using a bath rubber.

Recommended additions for Cast Iron Baths:

Stand pipes: to carry the water through copper pipes fitted inside with last pipe to pipe fix in the floor - used when the baths have no tap holes, the taps are fitted straight onto the pipes.

Shrouds: as a decorative pipe to cover the copper piping that carries the water; the bath must have tap holes to use these.

An exposed waste: if the pipe work is visible along with a shallow seal bath trap which carries the water out of the house to the main waste.

Bath Wastes

Standard Plug & Chain – This type of waste is the most common waste used on all the majority of baths, more often the traditional suites or baths with Pillar taps.

Pop up waste – a modern type of waste, it is operated by a cable mechanism, very much like a brake cable, the plug pops up and down by turning the overflow.

Click Clack Bath waste – This type of waste is operated with a spring loaded function that is pushed up and down to seal the bath.

Please note that some acrylic freestanding baths and cast iron baths have specific wastes to fit.

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