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August 09, 2017

Bathroom Furniture - High Gloss Aftercare

High gloss white bathroom furniture ranges such as the Windsor range, sold in the UK by a number of suppliers, are a genuine bathroom staple. This furniture looks good on its own but goes with anything, so you're free to design your bathroom however you wish without worrying about clashing colours.

It's also low maintenance. Regular cleaning, as with all bathroom furniture, is necessary to clear surfaces of dust and to prevent a build up of dirt getting ground in and potentially causing surface scratching on your furniture. Use water, a soft cloth, and a non-abrasive cleaner to ensure that you don't cause damage yourself while you're cleaning. However, there's none of the polishing and re-waxing that you could expect with wooden bathroom furniture needed here.

Any bathroom furniture in a laminate finish is likely to have an MDF core, as the Windsor range does. MDF is a good furniture material that is relatively durable and pretty environmentally friendly too, as there's limited wastage in its production. But it doesn't react well to moisture, as it is made up of wood fibres that will swell if they get wet. Care should be taken, therefore, to prevent the laminate covering of your MDF bathroom furniture becoming chipped or peeling back. The laminate outer protects the core from water ingress; damage the laminate and the core will soon be the worse for wear - wood fibres can soak up moisture like cotton wool, and structural integrity cannot be maintained if the furniture gets soggy inside.

Equally, a permanently moist environment is not good for either wooden or MDF bathroom furniture. You should ensure that your bathroom is adequately ventilated so that a reasonable level of humidity can be regained quickly after the room's been used for bathing or showering. Wiping up standing water will help, and installing and regularly using an extractor fan will be more efficient than leaving a window open - especially in winter, when you'll be wanting to close the window again as soon as possible.

Wipe up spills quickly, too. Although it's resistant to damage to some degree, white bathroom furniture in particular is susceptible to staining, because of its pale colour - coloured liquids should be cleaned away as soon as they're spilt to avoid damage.

Joins that are finished with waterproof sealant - for example, where the back of your vanity unit meets the bathroom wall - should be kept clean, and the sealant should be replaced when it begins to degrade, so that moisture cannot gain access to gaps and cause trouble in future. Don't use an abrasive cleaner as this will only speed up the process of degeneration of the seal.

Storage is a central theme of bathroom furniture, but to get the most out of your cupboards and drawers, you should ensure that the opening mechanisms of your cupboards operate smoothly. Keeping drawer runners and door hinges clean and well-lubricated will go a long way to minimising or preventing any problems you may otherwise have experienced, such as squeaking and sticking.

Over time, you might find that your bathroom furniture ages, particularly if it's light coloured. This is a normal process, that's speeded by direct sunlight. If you can shade your bathroom furniture's surfaces from direct sunlight, you can slow the effects of aging.


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