Gold Mixers: Selection Criteria and Care Rules
- How to choose?
- Types and features
- Useful tips
You started a repair, while you want luxury in detail? Let's talk about mixers, but not simple, but “under gold”. Modern faucets are sophisticated high-tech equipment. In any plumbing store and on the Internet you will be offered a variety of goods for every taste and color, with different characteristics. Make your choice will help this article.
How to choose?
Choosing a faucet "under the gold" in the kitchen, you should take into account the size of the sink, the style of the kitchen as a whole and, of course, ease of use. The mixer should be placed compactly and comfortably, and also rotated if necessary, otherwise it will not be so convenient to use it. Of all the species, the majority traditionally chooses single-lever or “herringbone” - they are easy to install, they are reliable and practical. When choosing a faucet in the bathroom also consider the area and style of the room, so that your choice does not look ridiculous.
Often, bathroom faucets put wall faucets, but it is provided that a different type is not suitable. The best option would be a combination of a powerful body and a short spout of large diameter, this will allow you to quickly draw water if there is a good pressure, and the faucet itself will not interfere.
The main point when choosing "Golden" mixer: do not buy at very cheap options. This is such a thing that is exploited daily, for a long time and actively by all members of the family, which means that it is forced to withstand heavy loads. Pay attention to the weight of the product, a durable mixer will be heavy, but the light one is made of cheap material, which means the plumber will quickly wear out and break. Now there is a huge choice, go through several shops, consider options, think, read the specifications, collect as much information as possible, and then make the final choice, you should not hurry in this matter.
When buying directly, make sure that the seller is ready to provide a quality certificate from the manufacturer, specify the terms of warranty service and the complete set of the mixer.
Types and features
Despite all the diversity, manufactured mixers can be divided into 3 types:
- single lever;
The best-selling - the first type, single lever. It is popular because it has an uncomplicated structure and is convenient in operation. The most active housewives will appreciate that you can open the tap with one finger and easily and simply set the desired water temperature. These are important points for those who are constantly engaged in cleaning, cooking. There is one more advantage of a single-lever mixer over a two-valve mixer - it is economical, when there is no need to constantly adjust the water temperature by turning the handles. Two-valve mixers are a type that is now much less popular than before, while if you have a kitchen in retro style, then this look will perfectly emphasize the design of the room and fit into the overall concept.
Consider the most modern type of mixer - touch. Everything is simple here: a sensor built into the body of the mixer (sometimes in the sink) reacts to your hand when you bring it up to the “spout”, at this moment the water supply of the temperature you set is automatically turned on. You can set the exact temperature in this case, regardless of the pressure, the device mixes hot and cold water in the required proportion. The device is very comfortable and modern, fits perfectly into many interiors in both classical and minimalist styles, and in the direction of high-tech.
Particularly advantageous looks such a mixer in the performance of "under the gold." The disadvantage is that the cost is quite high, but if there is an opportunity to make such an acquisition, then you probably will not regret it. Important parameters are the size and shape of the spout. Ideally, the stream of water should fall approximately in the center of the sink, the mixer spout should not be too high or too low, then it will be inconvenient to wash large-sized dishes. But here it is necessary to take into account the depth of the bowl in the sink.
Another very important point when buying a mixer with a spool is the material used in the manufacture. Nickel can cause allergies, enamel is beautiful and stylish, but with frequent use it is impractical, since chips and cracks can easily appear. If the choice fell on the alloy "under the gold", you must be prepared for the fact that you will need some care. It is best of all, if the coating is electroplated, then the product will retain its original appearance longer and will be less susceptible to mechanical damage to the coating and to the effects of time and corrosion. Quality materials are applied by the German brand Elghanza ("Elganza"), which produces mixers for gold, bronze and classic steel and chrome.
So, if you want to preserve the attractive initial appearance of the gold-colored mixer, so that it will delight you for a long time with its brilliance and look like new, you need to stock up with special tools to care for it. Before using a cleaning spray or other product, be sure to read the instructions carefully. It may not be suitable for all surfaces. In no case do not use hard sponges and scourers, as you damage the surface and spoil the appearance of the mixer. Also not recommended funds, which include acids and other active chemical constituents.
Apply the cleaner on a soft cloth or a special sponge., wipe the surface, wash it off with water if necessary, and then thoroughly wipe dry with a soft cloth or microfiber cloth, otherwise water stains may remain on the shiny surface (and the harder the water, the greater the likelihood of stains).
Never leave a chemical or abrasive agent on the mixer for too long, it can damage the surface (possible stains, stains, discoloration), wash household chemicals immediately after cleaning and, of course, follow specific instructions.
Gold color always attracts attention, is associated with precious metal., so recently, such mixers have become so popular. This exquisite and stylish purchase is perfect for both the kitchen and the bathroom. Brilliant or matte, two-valve in the style of "retro" or a modern contactless golden faucet will be an elegant decorative technique that will decorate the interior of any home.
In the next video you will find a review of the mixer "under the gold" Edelform Lumier LM2910G in the "retro" style.