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How can I take care of my wood dining table?

  • CaptainAwesome
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    Hi everyone! I just bought my dream table at The Art Shoppe, they have such beautiful dining room furniture that it can be difficult to make a choice, but I knew this table was perfect for my house as soon as I saw it!

    However, it’s made of wood, and I’ve never owned a wood dining table before. I want to make sure it will keep looking great forever, but how do I do that? Do you have a few tips for me to take good care of my new wood table?

    twilight
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    Congrats on your new table!

    One thing I know is that you have to be careful to never put hot dishes directly on your table. Always use a trivet and placemats to protect it from the heat. You also have to avoid moisture because it can damage the wood so coasters under your glasses could be a good idea.

    KarateKid
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    I love going to The Art Shoppe! It’s true that they have beautiful dining room furniture.

    I’ve heard that the most important thing with wood furniture is to clean any spills as quickly as possible. If you spill anything on your table, wipe it clean right away with a cloth. If you wait too long, it could leave a mark that will be difficult to get rid of!

    You should also dust your table once in awhile with a moistened cloth. Always wipe in the direction of the wood grain! I don’t think it’s recommended to use harsh cleaning products, they will only damage the finish of the wood.

    CaptainAwesome
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    OK, I’ll keep that in mind, thank you. What about polishing? Is it necessary to polish a wood table?

    bumblebee
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    I think you can do it once a year if you want it to look shiny and nice. I guess you’d have to choose some wax made specifically for wood tables.

    Other than that I don’t think it will require a lot of maintenance: polishing once a year, regular dusting, protecting the surface from the heat, and wiping up spills as soon as possible.

    holymoly
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    You also have to be careful where you put your wood table if you want to maintain it in great condition. Of course, for dining room furniture you have no choice but to put it in your dining room… But keep your table away from direct sunlight and windows as much as possible, and away from heat sources. Sunlight and heat can damage wood.

    Too much humidity will also damage wood, but not enough humidity is not better. You might need a humidifier and/or a dehumidifier to control the humidity levels in your home. Too much or not enough humidity is not good for humans either, so creating the perfect environment for your wood table should also benefit you, so I think it’s worth it.

    CaptainAwesome
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    Ok… If I had known it was this complicated, maybe I would have considered another table…

    So yeah, I think humidity levels are definitely an issue in my home, but I’ll see what I can do about that! But my table gets a few hours of direct sunlight everyday… What can I do?

    Hugo
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    Just protecting it with a tablecloth will save it from fading and cracking due to too much sunlight. But I guess if you love the look of your table, you probably don’t want to keep it hidden under a tablecloth all the time.

    CaptainAwesome
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    Yeah… and I don’t want to keep the curtains closed and live in the dark because I want to protect my table. I’ll try to think of a solution.

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