How to care for your bathroom furniture
1st September 2023
Bathroom furniture is a modern solution that can not only help to update your space to reflect current interior trends, but it can also bring many functional benefits too.
Whilst increasing your storage space and helping to conceal essential plumbing and pipework, bathroom furniture doesn’t have to take up any more precious floor space than a traditional pedestal basin would.
In a bathroom environment that is used daily, your new furniture can become exposed to liquids and typical household items that could increase wear and tear.
We want to help you maintain your new Calypso furniture, so we’ve pulled together our top tips to ensure your new bathroom stays in pristine condition for years to come!
Let’s start with the obvious - cleaning products!
Typically, bathroom furniture features a coloured coating that won’t be able to withstand some chemicals, therefore, for all our finishes, we recommend that you use nothing more than a damp cloth to clean your furniture.
For removing dust, germs and dirt without affecting the colour or effect of your chosen finish, you can use a small amount of washing up liquid but do not use any type of bathroom cleaner or polish.
This includes any spills from any of your typical bathroom items such as toothpaste, mouthwash, body lotion etc, be mindful that if left untreated, these can stain and corrode your furniture finish too.
Spills, spills, spills!
When it comes to our furniture finishes, our fascia’s have an MDF core and are either vinyl wrapped, painted and lacquered or acrylic coated. Like any wood-based furniture, bathroom furniture is not waterproof and if left with sitting water, the material will begin to swell and soften and the damage is irreversible.
This also includes household items such as mouthwash as this can damage a gloss finish.
Correct ventilation is key
Although not a direct cleaning tip, installing adequate ventilation when redesigning your bathroom is essential for keeping your new bathroom in the best condition possible.
If there is nowhere for steam and condensation to escape, this will descend on your bathroom furniture and eventually soften the wood and corrode your chosen finish.
Lingering condensation can also cause mould and mildew which can be extremely hazardous and costly to rectify.
Please check with your installer before construction begins as they will be able to advise on the correct ventilation solutions to suit your bathroom, which will comply with your local building regulations.
When redesigning your bathroom, it is important to make note of your ‘high traffic’ areas, for example, areas that are in a direct path which can be easily scratched, kicked or damaged. This includes anything from vanity units, WC units, tall units or even bath panels that are in the direct line of traffic.
Should your furniture be in your direct line, constant contact from things like shoes on the finish can remove the protective surface layer which could ultimately increase any damage from steam or condensation.
Maintenance & Care
A simple but beneficial step after installing your bathroom is to keep an eye out for any possible leaks or areas that suffer from condensation puddles.
This doesn’t just apply to your furniture, but should there be any water left to build up in any area, this can cause swelling of the wood and ruin your chosen range very quickly.
If this is something you believe can be rectified, get in touch with a local tradesperson who should be able to suggest a solution.