The sanitary fittings most frequently found on the reuse market are washbasins, sinks, toilet bowls and bathtubs, of different styles and eras.
Although the plumbing components sometimes age badly, the ceramics and enamelled cast iron resist the ravages of time quite well. Among other things, it is their ease of maintenance and tolerance of heavy-duty cleaning that explain this durability. For this reason, the reusable sanitary fittings are usually reinstalled with new taps and plumbing.
There are few enterprises specialising exclusively in reusable sanitary fittings. These are more often elements offered as part of a wider range of products.
Sanitary fittings that are particularly stylish (an enamelled cast iron bathtub with lion’s paws from the late 19th century, pedestal sinks with clean lines from the 1950s, coloured hand basins from the 1970s, contemporary top-of-the-range suspended toilets, etc.) will find a place in projects looking for a unique character. More anonymous but well-crafted products will find their place in public development programmes (bars, restaurants, cultural centres, etc.).
The most common sanitary products are:
bathtubs and washbasins, of different styles and eras
sinks, slop sinks, urinals and toilet bowls
accessories: plumbing, mirrors, dividers for urinals, etc.
Among the possible treatments:
thorough cleaning of elements up for sale
re-enamelling (for the restoration of antique bathtubs)