Woodworking

Wood Vanity Base Care & Maintenance

Caring for the natural beauty of your Dickson vanity base means proper maintenance.

  • Regular Dusting
    Use a lint free cloth for regular dusting. You may choose to use pre moistened dusting sheets, but be sure to follow with a dry cloth to remove excess moisture from the vanity surfaces (they may damage your finish.)
  • Cleaning
    Wipe the surfaces with a clean, damp cloth, then dry immediately. To remove general soil or grease, a mixture of a mild soap and warm water can be used. Take a cloth and dampen it with the solution. Dry thoroughly.
  • Waxing and polishing
    Waxing is not recommended. Wax build up is difficult to remove and will leave a residue that attracts dust. Wood vanity finishes may be cleaned and protected by using any commercially available cleaning polish. Dickson recommends an emulsion-type cleaner (such as Murphy’s Oil Soap). If polishing is desired, then a small amount of lemon oil applied to a clean, dry, cloth may be applied to the finish– or wood furniture polish (such as Pledge) may be used sparingly.

Don’ts

Avoid harsh chemicals such as bleach and ammonia. Solvent based or petroleum based products such as nail polish remover or paint thinner. Abrasive products such as steel wool or tub cleaners.

Part of proper maintenance is knowing some common household enemies to avoid. Here’s how to prevent damage from these problem areas:

  • Water
    When left unattended, water can cause white spots and haziness to the finish and even damage the wood itself. Do not hang wet towels over the cabinets. Always remove excess liquid promptly.
  • Direct Sunlight
    When possible draw curtains or blinds during the sunniest part of the day. Exposure to direct sunlight darkens natural wood and lightens or fades painted and UV treated surfaces.