Dining Room Table Care and Maintenance
Wooden dining room tables are highly common in both traditional and modern homes due to their great appearance and decent durability. If you have one in your home, it’s likely that it’s the centerpiece of your dining room area and is used a lot by you, family and friends too. Although wooden furniture has a great look and feel to it, it can get worn down after a while due to constant use. Damage in many cases can be easily inflicted, which can leave any wooden dining room table with dents and splits, which not only effects the appearance but could be damaging to the stability of the dining table itself.
All wooden dining room tables need a certain amount of care in order to last for a long time with minimal damage. All wooden materials seem to have their wear and tear value, but as a lot of woods actually look better as they age, it’s worth preserving your dining table so that it’s around long enough for it to age in that way and improve in appearance. Lets look at some useful tips on how to take great care of your wooden dining room table. Always keep in mind that prevention is better than cure!
* Be sure to clean your table after it has been used. The best way to do this is to use warm water with Murphy’s Oil soap (or a similar product). Soak a soft cloth in the soap solution, squeeze the water out so it is damp, and then wipe down the table surface thoroughly. Following this, be sure to use a dry cloth to wipe over it after cleaning, leaving the surface as dry as possible. Wooden dining room tables should still be cleaned at least once per week in this manner if they are not used frequently.
* Use coaster and mats for placing down mugs, cups, glasses, plates, bowls, and so forth – especially when containing hot food or drink. Mugs of hot coffee for example can end up leaving a moisture ring on the table that can be annoying to remove. If this does happen, apply some petroleum jelly to it and leave it for about 8 hours. It should be cleared up after this.
* Spillages should be cleaned up immediately after they happen. Leaving them to dry can make them difficult or even near impossible to clean up, depending on what was spilled. In this situation, just clean in the same way as advised above.
* The problem some people might find with wooden dining room tables is that if sunlight is regularly hitting only one area of the table, it can discolor that area leaving it with an inconsistent finish. This tends to be undesirable, therefore it’s best to keep it out of direct sunlight all together if possible, unless it is an outdoor dining table of course!
That is really all there is to maintaining a clean and undamaged wooden dining room table.