Renovating a bathroom and outfitting it with a new vanity isn’t the cheapest home improvement task, nor is it something you want to do every year. This means that when you make an investment like this, you need to take extra care of your vanities to keep them looking like new for as long as possible.
While every well-made bathroom vanity can withstand the harsh conditions of an average bathroom, over time they can start to look a bit worn and weathered unless they are properly cared for.
But fear not! Because, you can follow 7 simple tips to keep your vanity looking pristine and looking new for longer. Here’s what you need to know:
1. The Dresser is Waterproof (Not Waterproof)
It is important to remember that bathroom vanities are waterproof. While this may indicate: waterproof, it doesn’t mean it’s completely immune to it over time.
The truth is, your vanity should be fine when exposed to humid air and a little moisture. However, when water is left on a dresser, like any regular wooden furniture, it can leave water spots and stains, and in some cases (if you’re really not careful) it can start to warp.
2. Clean Up any Spills Immediately
In the bathroom, make sure to clean up any spills on the vanity immediately. If you want to protect your finish and keep it looking new for longer, then you have to keep it dry. Also, just because it’s waterproof doesn’t mean you can submerge it in the tub and not be affected!
3.Dusting and Polishing
Dust and wipe down your vanity as part of your daily cleaning routine. Just take a soft dry cloth and remove all dust and loose hair. After that, apply some wood polish and rub lightly in the direction of the grain.
With ongoing maintenance, you’ll also prevent dirt from seeping into your vanity (wood is relatively porous and stains easily, after all).
4. Avoid Harsh Chemicals
Just as you should be aware of the chemicals you put on your skin, you should also be aware of your vanity. Sure, a well-made vanity can withstand the harsh conditions of a bathroom, but using the same chemicals you use to clean your toilet can corrode the surface of your vanity and end up doing far more harm than good.
5. Be Extra Careful With Your Stone Vanity
It’s easy to forget that a stone countertop vanity is not completely resistant to any and all damage. Keep in mind that materials like marble and granite are inherently porous, which makes them prone to staining and damage from exposure to harsh chemicals. Therefore, you should use your stone countertop vanity with extreme care and gentleness.
Take this cream marble top vanity; absolutely stunning. However, without proper care and maintenance, it can quickly get dirty and fall into disrepair.
A little goes a long way when it comes to maintaining your vanity.
6. Regularly Cleaned and Resealed Annually
At this point, it sounds like a lot of work, but it’s not. The main thing is that you clean up any spilled water immediately before the water seeps into the stone. A quick check after each use is enough to keep it looking like new. You can then do a thorough cleaning every week or two while resealing the varnish once a year for extra protection.
7. Think Ahead
Before you go ahead and buy, plan out where you’ll place your vanity. Location is everything. For example, using a dresser in direct sunlight will definitely age it prematurely.
Luckily, at NICEMOCO we have vanities in a variety of shapes, sizes and materials, so you are sure to find the perfect optimization for your unique bathroom layout.
8. In Conclusion
There it is; if you follow these tips, your vanity will last longer. Yes, it does take some effort, but if you make a habit of wiping down your vanity after use, it can quickly become second nature.
Add in some routine maintenance and an annual varnish, and you’ll be able to enjoy your beloved dresser for years to come!