How to Maintain a Wood Dining Table
When it comes to dining room tables, there are many options. The most common and most expensive types of dining tables are wood. Wood dining tables look great when cared for properly; however, if they are not cared for properly, they can look terrible. Here at The Kitchen, we have the best tips to maintain your dining table and keep it looking great for years to come.
Keep It Clean!
Dusting your dining table often will help prevent scratches from occurring on the surface. Fine particles of dust can build up on the table if it is not dusted often. To dust your dining table, grab a soft, lint-free cloth, such as a cotton diaper, a piece of cheesecloth, a microfiber cloth or an old t-shirt and slightly dampen it with clear water. Work from the center of the table to the outside following the wood grain to help prevent scratches. Finally, do not use furniture polish, such as Pledge. These polishes contain silicone which can penetrate the finish and get into the wood grain, causing permanent damage to the table. If you own an extending oak dining table or one that can be made larger then make sure to take it apart when cleaning.
How to Remove Water Rings
Did you know that mayonnaise can help remove water rings? Most often, water rings are caused by water penetrating the wax on the table. To get these marks out, apply a small amount of mayo with a soft cloth and buff. Buff following the grain of the wood to remove the ring.
Dining Table Location
When it comes to placing your dining room table, there are a few things to keep in mind. Never place your table near your heat register or radiator, as temperature swings can cause the wood to split or warp. Additionally, keep your table leaves near your dining table. This will ensure that the leaf is kept at the same temperature and exposed to the same amount of moisture. Never place your dining table leaves in the attic or basement as the difference in moisture and temperature can cause damage to the leaf.
Keep an Eye on the Humidity
Humidity can damage your wood. Too much humidity can cause the wood to swell; too little humidity can cause the wood to crack. The best humidity range is between 40 and 45 percent. Depending on your location, you may need to run a dehumidifier in the summer months and a humidifier during the winter months to keep your home at the proper levels
Shine It Up to keep your table looking its best, polish it with carnauba wax.
To apply, grab a soft cloth like the ones discussed above. Apply a thin layer of wax to the table and buff it to a shine. This will take some work; however, waxing and polishing your dining table need only be done a couple of times each year.
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