4. Reserve It for Decor Accessories
Here’s an easy workaround to moisture concerns. Limit the presence of wood in the bathroom to the mirror frame, storage cabinets, a decorative pot, a ladder-cum-clean towel rack, etc. In this way, you can warm up this room’s atmosphere without having to all the hassle of having to maintain wood surfaces.
5. Stay on Top of Treatments and Maintenance
If you have set your heart on having a wood floor or wood vanity top in the bathroom, you’re not alone. Many homeowners opt for this classic and inviting material for these surfaces. But how can you properly protect them for this high humidity environment?
Start by filling in the floorboards’ cracks with wood putty, then apply several coats of polyurethane-based oil over the entire floor surface to create a watertight seal. To maintain the floor from that point on, ensure that the varnish’s top layer remains intact. To test the finish, place a few drops of water on the surface. If the water beads, the floor is protected; but if it penetrates the wood, it’s time to brush on an extra layer of polyurethane.
An effective method for shielding a wood vanity top from moisture (and damage from makeup or toothpaste) is to coat it in epoxy. This product is a mixture of flax oil, wax and catalytic siccative (a drying agent). This option, while costly, is the most durable. However, epoxy does give the wood a very glossy finish—an almost “plasticized” look—and its surface no longer has the natural texture of wood to the touch, which is not everyone’s cup of tea. It’s up to you!