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How to Care for Your Bathroom Vanity Cabinets

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Vanity cabinets have an important role to play in bathrooms. They serve the functional purpose of storage for everyday items of use, and enhance the aesthetics of the bath area. They can either make or break the look and feel of bathrooms – when chosen right, they elevate every element inside it, and when not appropriately placed, they cause a sense of discomfort.

A clean and well maintained vanity cabinet helps retain hygiene and sanitation in the bathroom. Here are some tips to help you care for your bathroom vanity cabinets, and which ensure that it stays spic and span for a longer period.

The care for a vanity depends on its material. Almost all vanities are made from wood, but different kinds of lumber need different degrees of protection and care. Also, most vanities come with separate counter tops. These, at times, are made of distinct materials like marble, granite, soapstone etc. The upkeep of vanities should necessarily factor in cleaning and maintenance of these counter tops as well.

  • The biggest enemy to a wooden vanity cabinet in any bathroom is dampness. These articles need moisture resistance to last long. This is possible with the help of moisture treatment and sealing solution. These water sealing finishes need to be re-applied every couple of years for optimum protection.
  • Using a fan when taking a steam bath or shower also helps in controlling dampness. The fresh, circulating air prevents wooden items from soaking up moisture and keeps them pristine and more durable.
  • The choice of wood also has an important role to play in moisture and rot resistance. Some lumbers like teak, old growth pine, and old growth cypress, are naturally resistant and hence need no or minimal treatment in this regard. Reclaimed or salvaged wood is also a good choice. Such kind of wood, especially those picked up from floating logs or barges have the additional benefit of having already been exposed to water. Hence, they tend to stay put even with minimum treatment. This kind of wood also lasts longer in bathrooms.
  • General purpose, oil – soap wood cleaners are an ideal choice for cleaning wooden cabinets. Painted vanities that are sealed with one or more coats of oil based paint are best cleaned with warm water, and diluted all-purpose cleaner. Counter tops made of marble need to be cleaned with an all – purpose, water based cleaner or a pH neutral cleaner designed for stones, as acidic reagents can damage the surface.
  • For effective cleaning, apply the cleaner onto the wooden surface using a damp cloth, rinse with a clean, damp cloth, and finally with a dry cloth.
  • When cleaning, working with the grain of the wood gives best results. Also, it is important to avoid using abrasives like steel wool, colored scrubbers, and powdered cleansers as these can leave permanent scratch marks of the surface of the cabinet and on the counter top. Microfiber cloths are the best choice in this regard.
  • Water, especially hard water has adverse effects on bathroom cabinets. Hence these furniture pieces need to be mopped and kept dry always. For the same reason, vanity cabinets with sinks are best suited for adult bathroom as water spills over the counter top need to be constantly mopped.
  • As with water, it also important to protect your bathroom vanity cabinet from liquid spills, especially those that are colored, as this can leave permanent stains on the furniture piece.

Vanity cabinets placed in bathrooms are prone to dampness and tend to remain moist at most times, which can affect their life and aesthetics over use. Hence, it becomes necessary to invest time and money in maintenance and care for your bathroom vanities, so that these articles do not deteriorate, and hence remain pristine for a long period.

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