Choosing a solid wood dining table helps bring a rustic feel and more character to your dining room. When you choose a hand-built piece, you want to maintain the quality. Taking care of solid wood requires some consistent maintenance. Sugar House Furniture wants to help our customers take care of their mission-style furniture. Here are some essential tips for taking care of solid wood dining tables.
Caring For Your Wood Dining Table
1- Wipe Down After Meals
The easiest way to keep your table looking pristine is to wipe it down after eating meals. Wiping down with a damp cloth can protect the wood and remove grease buildup and other food debris from getting stuck to your table.
Cleaning after meals is just a common household cleaning task that can help make your home look put together. Cleaning after eating also helps prevent liquids from seeping into the wood and causing damage.
2- Keep Away From Direct Heat And Sunlight
When exposed to heat or sunlight, wood can warp or become faded. Heat can dry out the wood which then leads it to crack and can ruin the integrity of your furniture. Keep your dining table away from direct sunlight through windows, or place it next to a heater.
3- Fill In Nicks Or Scratches
Owning solid wood furniture is bound to come with scratches and wear and tear. Using your table will come with scratches and nicks that may need to be covered up. There are simple ways to fill in shallow scratches including using a crayon, shoe polish, or even coffee grounds to cover the marks.
When using a product to fill in cracks or scratches, make sure that you are using a matching color and apply it in the direction of the scratch.
4- Avoid Warping Of The Eaves
Some dining tables come with leaves, eaves, or inserts that can make the table bigger for special occasions. Storing and taking care of the eaves is just as essential as taking care of your tabletop. Store your leaves flat and away from moisture. You want your dining room to be a place to gather and keep your friends and family coming back.
5- Dust Consistently
While dust is small and seems light, cleaning it off of your table can keep it looking sleek. Dusting may seem like a small task but the build-up can scratch the wood. Avoid using a cloth or abrasive cleaner, and gently buff the surface with a microfiber towel.
6- Avoid Moisture
Moisture and condensation can cause warps in the wood. Using coasters, and placemats, and keeping liquid, like ink away from your wood dining table can prevent staining and warps. Keeping up with natural wood and keeping it away from humidity and moisture can make your furniture last longer.
Another way to avoid spills is to use a tablecloth when eating. This can help stop liquids from seeping deep into the wood. Cleaning up sticky liquids can make the wood stand up to more wear and tear.
Long Term Maintenance
Since wood furniture can last for a long time, you will need to keep up regular maintenance for it to last through your adult life. You can bring new life to your dining table with a quality refinish.
If your furniture has become sun faded on one side, try flipping it in the other direction so that it can fade evenly. Sun fading may not be the end of the world and can be stained over or aged evenly to make it look natural.
Sugar House Furniture
Our mission-style furniture brings sophistication and elegance to your home. We provide high-quality crafted furniture from dining tables, chairs, office desks, vanities, and bedframes.
Sugar House Furniture wants to bring a clean look to your home. Purchasing furniture is a great investment and can move you through many different stages of your life. Furniture needs to fit your needs and also represent your personality while being high quality. Sugar House Furniture is the leading provider of mission-style furniture in the Wasatch Front. Come look at our showroom and see our excellent furniture in person.