In the 21st century, wooden vanities are like wooden fireplaces—not so much so that you should be worried about them catching fire, but more in the way that they’re not a good idea. In fact, there could be any number of dangers lurking in your wooden bathroom vanities, especially if they’re near a water source such as in locker room or restroom.
In this post, we take a closer look at what problems your wooden bathroom vanities may pose as well as a cost-effective alternative.
Dangers of Your Wooden Vanity
There’s one element present in bathrooms that can be extremely damaging to wood surfaces: moisture. Even if the vanity is laminated and sealed, it doesn’t guarantee that moisture won’t be able to find its way inside and begin wreaking havoc on the delicate wood below.
When moisture comes in contact with a porous surface such as wood, a number of things can occur. For one, it becomes a breeding ground for mold and mildew. Mold can be extremely harmful and even life threatening in certain cases.
But that’s not the only issue. As moisture remains present, the wood may begin to rot and break down.
In either scenario, the wooden bathroom vanity will need to be repaired or replaced entirely. But moisture isn’t the only threat to your wooden vanities.
Wooden Vanities Prone to Damage and Graffiti
Wood, unlike tougher materials like high-density polyethylene (HDPE) or steel, is easily damaged. This damage may be caused accidentally, like a maintenance worker chipping the wood while working on nearby pipes. Or it may be done intentionally by vandals who want to deface the vanity by scratching or writing on it.
Both of these problems are fairly common with wooden bathroom fixtures in commercial settings, and it’s also true that their presence tends to inhibit more. So it’s vital if your wooden bathroom vanity is damaged or defaced to repair or replace it right away.
An Alternative to Wooden Bathroom Vanities
If you’d rather not deal with the dangers that can lurk in a wooden vanity, there are some alternatives out there, like HDPE. This highly durable plastic has been used to make vanities, bathroom partitions, and lockers. The best part is that it’s resistant to the problems that plague wooden vanities.
Since HDPE is non-porous, it’s resistant to mold and mildew. It will also never rot and is highly resistant to scratches and even graffiti.
But that’s still not all of the benefits of using HDPE for your bathroom vanity. It’s also resistant to bacteria, so your bathroom is actually cleaner and healthier. In fact, HDPE is naturally germ resistant!
If you’re tired of repairing and replacing your wooden bathroom vanities, consider an alternative like HDPE. You can learn more about this versatile material by contacting our team at Scranton Products.
If you’re interested in redesigning the rest of your bathroom as well, then check out our free eBook Restroom Design for Commercial Facilities.