Avoiding Moisture Damage to Your Bathroom Cabinets

The bathroom is a place where moisture is unavoidable. Steam and condensation from hot showers, splashes from the bath and the sink, and even leaky pipes or overflowing toilets. If not managed properly, all that moisture can do some damage to certain parts of the room. Mold can grow on walls and any wooden materials can start to warp or rot over time. Your bathroom cabinets and cabinet doors can be particularly susceptible to damage caused by excess moisture levels.

This blog will help you prevent this problem and help you keep your bathroom cabinets in good condition.

Choose the right material

Most bathroom cabinets are made from wood, which can be susceptible to water damage. Think about the type of wood you choose for your cabinets and doors. MDF and particle board are popular, low-cost options, but they aren’t the most durable when it comes to humidity, steam, and water.

Plywood and solid wood may be more expensive, but they are also much more durable and resilient against moisture, meaning they can last much longer. If you go for either of the cheaper options, you have to be very vigilant with moisture levels to keep your bathroom cabinets in good condition.

Seal if necessary

The finish you apply to your cabinet doors and even inside your cabinets can make it much more resilient and less susceptible to water damage. Painting, staining, or varnishing the fronts of your cabinet doors will provide a certain degree of protection. There are even special waterproofing paints and finishes to boost this level of protection. If you’re using natural stone for your vanity countertop, then sealing this will also help to prevent it from absorbing moisture.

Ventilate your bathroom

Even if your bathroom cabinets are in top waterproof shape, it’s still a good idea to properly manage the moisture levels in your bathroom. An extractor fan helps to remove steam and moisture from the room after you’ve had a hot bath or shower, keeping humidity levels under control. This is essential in windowless bathrooms. If your bathroom does have a window, then keep it open after you’ve had a shower to help the steam and moisture escape.

Mop up pooled water

If there are ever any spills in your bathroom, then you should mop up the pooled water as soon as possible to prevent it from doing any damage. If your bathroom cabinets are beneath your sink, then leaky pipes could lead to water pooling inside the cabinets, so keep an eye out for any drips or leaks. If water splashes from the sink onto your vanity, then you should clean this up to prevent it from soaking through into the insides of your cabinets.

Once you’ve designed your dream custom bathroom cabinets, we want to make sure they last as long as possible. So, follow the tips in this article to keep your bathroom cabinets in top condition. Contact The Kitchen Center if you need cabinet contractors in Clemmons, NC.