Of all the rooms in your home, your bathrooms are one of the most susceptible to damage. This is due to the high contrast of temperatures and the intense amount of moisture in the air. They also are high traffic areas that get used multiple times every day. Without proper care and maintenance, your bathroom can become a hotbed for germs, bacteria, and even toxic mold. It’s important to have a regular cleaning schedule in place and take certain steps to make sure that your bathroom stays clean and healthy.
If you have countertops in your bathroom, or plan on installing them, you should definitely focus on protecting them. They are a costly investment, and you don’t want to have to repair or replace them. Here are some tips to make sure that your bathroom countertops last for years to come:
Seal them properly
When purchasing countertops, make sure that they come pre-sealed. If they don’t, and you don’t immediately seal them, it could lead to long term damage. Porous materials like granite may be naturally water resistant, but if moisture does get trapped in them it could be bad news. Be sure to talk to an expert to determine whether your new countertops are good to go or need to be sealed. They should also get resealed about once a year, depending on wear and tear.
Clean them properly
Be sure to use low acidic cleaners, and never use bleach or ammonia. Usually warm water and soap will do the trick. Be sure to have a dry towel around to wipe up excess water so that it doesn’t soak into the counter.
Install proper ventilation
This is a good idea if you want to protect your countertops and literally everything else in your bathroom. Steam, drips, and spills are a part of daily life in your bathroom, and they can all have an adverse affect on your counters, flooring, walls and cabinetry. Ventilation, whether it’s a high power suction fan, or a small window, will help make sure your bathroom stays dry.
If you’re looking to install countertops in your bathroom, or have any questions on how to maintain them, stop into one of Naffco Flooring and Interiors 3 locations in Tampa Bay, or speak with a friendly professional by calling (813) 254-4066.