Typically the first appearance of warm days after a cold winter brings visions of open windows and breezy fields of flowers. More practically, it signals the beginning of Spring Cleaning. The practise typically involves cleaning the whole house from top to bottom. In our spring cleaning series to date, we have addressed inspiring bookshelves and a top 20 list of closet organization.
Today, we will discuss one of the most frequented sections of the home. A place of stolen moments on our cell phones. And those luxurious quiet moments with a magazine.
Naturally we’re speaking of the bathroom.
Specifically, we’re talking about caring for your custom crafted wood vanities and cabinets.
Spring cleaning for your quiet corner of the home does not have to be a dreaded chore. Following a few do’s and don’ts can prolong the durability of the bathroom vanities, particularly the wood or custom crafted bathroom cabinets. Cleaning wood or custom crafted bathroom vanities calls for some care and special consideration.
Wood bathroom vanities might be solid wood, veneer over wood or vinyl-coated wood materials. The wood used might also be sealed with wax, varnish or polyurethane. Cleaning such wood furniture and surfaces requires knowing what surface treatment was used on the wood. To be on the safe side, general purpose oil-soap wood cleaners will work well for most wood furniture or cabinets. It is important to know that heat and temperature fluctuations can cause wood to dry. Cabinets made of wood can also be damaged by condensation from steam. And bathrooms and steam usually go hand in hand.
Keep your wood in tip top shape, checking for damage in the finish every spring.
Always avoid getting any wood surface soaked. After cleaning the surface with cleaner, you should wipe again with a clean damp cloth. The last pass should be wiping the surface dry with a different cloth.
As far as cleaning wood is concerned, the cleaning action should be along the direction of the wood grain, rather than against the grain orientation.
Never use abrasive cleaners or pads to scour the wood as they can scratch the surface badly. Not only does it leave ugly marks, but it also leaves your investment open to water damage.
If there are stains on the wood, use a paste made of baking soda and water. Wipe the paste over the stain to loosen the dirt materials before cleaning up like the rest of the surface.
Spring cleaning of your bathroom cabinets and furniture need not be cumbersome or burdensome. A little care goes a long way in preserving and freshening your bathroom investments.