Bathroom Vanity Maintenance And Care

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The addition of an antique bathroom vanity makes your bathroom look amazing, but caring for it can be challenging. Once you learn the basics of how to care for your vanity you will find that it fits right into your regular cleaning routine and keeping your vanity looking beautiful is not that difficult after all.

The biggest challenge of antique vanity care is understanding that most antique bathroom vanities need some type of preparation. Preparing it for being in the humid environment of your bathroom will help it to last longer and preserve its surfaces. You have to be committed to regular maintenance and ensure that you keep up on cleaning and care. You may have to do some restoration when you first get your vanity and then you have to clean it regularly. An antique bathroom vanity adds so much style and function to your bathroom, though, that the time taken to properly care for it is well worth it.

Care of Wood Bath Vanities

Generally when it comes to wood products the concern is the wood drying out and warping, but that is not what will happen in a humid bathroom.  The concern in the bathroom is that the wood will soak up the humidity and expand.  In order to reduce the effect your wood vanity should be treated with a finish and you should ensure your bathroom is properly ventilated.

Before you use any cleaner on the vanity you should always spot check it to test for damage.  Always be sure to dry off the vanity after cleaning and if any liquid is spilled on it.  To clean spills you should blot at the stain and not rub it.  Be sure to clean up water spots as soon as possible to avoid a stain. If the vanity is not urethane finished, you can wax it to help give it a shine and make cleaning spills easier.  With a urethane finish, waxing is not needed. 

Care of Stone Top Vanities

Stone vanities are popular because of the regal look they have. They are also a material that requires careful care. Most antique bathroom vanities are made from marble, limestone, or slate. Stone vanities require great care with any type of liquid. Cleaners need to be chosen that are specified for the use on stone surfaces. You should also avoid any type of powder or cream cleaner. Some cleaners will cause a chemical reaction that will etch or scar the stone surface. It is important to test any cleaner before using it. Wipe up spills as soon as possible to avoid damage. You should also be careful when cleaning other surfaces around the vanity as cleaners used can come in contact with the stone and cause damage. When cleaning any spill or liquid you should blot it and not rub. When using your stone vanity you need to be careful. Do not place hot items, like curling irons, directly on the surface as it can burn the stone and leave a lasting mark. You should also not place wet items on the surface of the vanity. Cosmetics can damage the stone, so use care with them as well. To make it easier to keep your stone antique bath vanity looking its best you should start with a stone sealer which can help to prevent stains from spills. Stone sealers work by filling in the pores of the stone making it more difficult for liquids to soak in. More porous stones should always be treated, but less porous stone may not need a treatment. You can also use a stone polish to help keep it looking good.

Protect your investment!

Caring for your antique bathroom vanity will help you to keep it looking good. Make sure you understand the basics of care for your type of antique bathroom vanity and you should be able to keep up regular care easily.

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