As the trend of using more natural materials and styles begins to grow, more people are beginning to install natural stone in a variety of settings, including in children’s bathrooms. And while stone is a beautiful addition to any space, parent’s putting stone into a child’s bathroom should be aware of some of the issues that may arise in this setting.
One of the biggest concerns for using stone in a child’s bathroom is etching. Young children in particular are not always careful or likely to wipe up spills and messes as soon as they occur. And many things in the bathroom from urine to toothpaste can leave etch marks, or dull spots, on some stones. Polished stones and softer stones like limestone are the most likely to show these marks over time if they aren’t carefully protected and cleaned. Conducting the water and lemon test is a good way to determine if a stone is prone to etching or not. Stones that don’t etch easily may be better choices for use in a child’s bathroom.
Another concern for parents with older children is staining, particularly in the sink and shower areas. Older children and teenagers may be more likely to experiment with things like makeup and hair dye, which can permantely stain natural stone. Some dark stones may not show stains easily, but if your teen likes to dye her hair purple on occasion, a white or light colored stone may absorb some of the color.
Some bath and beauty products may also etch stone, so if older children and teens are likely to be using a lot of bath products on a regular basis, be sure to keep the stone well sealed to help prevent damage over time.
Natural stone can make a beautiful addition to any room of your home, including a kids’ bathroom. Just be sure to take care to keep it well sealed and clean, and to choose stones that are less likely to etch than others to help keep it looking great for years to come.