Finishes

Raw Material

Rough components used for the making of HORUS taps are made of solid brass, which is an alloy of copper and zinc. According to their characteristics and their manufacturing processes, the rough components are realized through different techniques: especially casting, die stamping, and dcolletage.
Then, each component must be polished, usually by hand, in order to obtain a perfectly smooth rough component, without any unevenness, ready to get the surfacing which will give it its final shade. A close handmade control is then done before the finishes itself.

Finishes

HORUS offers his customers the largest possible choice of finishing shades, in order to allow private customers, architects and interior designersto decorate on demand the fittings finishes as best as possible according to the style of the bathroom or the kitchen. The finishes are made on each component before assembling the complete tap set.
The most usual finishes for taps and fittings is chrome coating. This lightly blue glint finish is obtained by soaking rough components into several baths, by electrolyse, which process consists in an electric current.
Chrome, a tough and stainless metal, brings protecting qualities to the coating thus obtained. Shiny or mat nickel finishes, which have slightly different shades from the chrome ones, are obtained by electrolyse as well. The process is the same for gold coating which is realised on request only.
The chrome and nickel finishes are mass produced, and the most usual references of HORUS ranges are usually stock available, which allows a short delivery.
Other finishes, named deco finishes, are obtained through a different process. It doesnt consist in a coating on the rough piece, but in a reaction on the rough piece itself caused by soaking it into an acid bath, thus changing its outer aspect.
This process is of course handmade: its a tricky operation, the result of which depends at the same time on the content of the bath, the characteristics of the piece, the temperature and hydrothermal conditions of the hall, the time of soakingThese conditions demand a sharp skill and experience. The components are usually given a shiny or mat glaze, then put in oven in order to protect their surfaces from the constraints they will have to stand.

Maintenance

Water usually contains limestone and mineral residues that settle on the taps surfaces after water has evaporated. Some marks of products such as toothpaste, cosmetics, fruits, acid vegetables or even wine could damage the coating.
The handmade characteristics of these tricky successive operations make each HORUS tap set to be a unique article with very specific shades. These shades should be kept undamaged for a long time thanks to a day after day maintenance, carefully carried out without any aggressive or abrasive cleaning product. Chlorine and bleach are luxury taps and fitting enemies. Acid, ammonia and soda should not be used either. Scourers, scouring powders and disinfectant must be avoided as well.
The best is to daily clean the taps with water and soap, then wipe them with a smooth duster such as chamoisine or micro fibre. Moreover, this method is economic and respects environment.
The use of DECAL, anti limestone cleaner for taps, gets the cleaning of surfaces much easier. DECAL could be used for every HORUS finishes and protects your taps against mineral residues present in every sanitary facilities. DECAL can be used as often as necessary.

Chrome

Polished nickel

BN

Brushed Nickel

Antikbrass

Old Copper

Old Bronze

Polished brass

Gold

Black chrome