Wood is a very special material. For the craftsmen who make wooden furniture, it is at the same time a noble, elegant and fascinating material. Of course, wooden furniture is not uncommon, but each piece is always unique. Each tree is exposed to very different environmental influences and thus forms a wood with a unique structure. The sense of growth, the grain and the individual color of each type of wood make each piece of wooden furniture something very unique. Especially solid wood furniture. They are sturdy and durable furniture. But solid wood, for example, even more than others, requires special attention and care. Wood is a living material that also evolves as furniture. But with a few tips and tricks, you will enjoy your solid wood furniture for a long time. If you take it big, your wooden table will be forever! If you take care of it properly, you will be able to pass it on to your children and grandchildren without losing its charm. On the contrary…
Tips and tricks to protect and maintain a wooden table
The old wooden tables in particular look really great and never go out of style. The prerequisite, however, is that you take a little care of the wood.
- In principle, your table should not have prolonged contact with any liquid. Or it has to be extremely brief. If something should splash anyway, immediately wipe down your wooden table. Otherwise, you run the risk of some nasty stains ruining your table. In addition, the wood swells quickly due to the liquid, and such damage can hardly be overtaken.
- The table tops that last the longest are the easiest to clean: those that are varnished or lacquered. In this case, when a glass spills, it is generally sufficient to quickly wipe up the liquid, to wipe it off because the wood is well protected by the varnish. Nevertheless, you should always have a dry cloth handy, even if your table is protected by varnish.
- However, lacquered wood generally looks a bit artificial. Therefore, many people prefer oiled wooden tables. This way the wood looks more natural. The downside, however, is that these wooden tables are much more sensitive.
- It is therefore even more important on these wooden surfaces not to pour or drop water or other liquids. If this happens, action must be taken immediately.
- If the surface of your oiled wooden table is dirty, add a little vegetable soap. You can also mix cooking oil with table salt and use it on the stain. Leave the solution to work for a while before rubbing the area again with a dry cloth.
- If you have a waxed wood table, remove a little more stubborn dirt with a wax balm cleaner.
- If you have an oak or ash wood table, you need to be especially careful with the water. If you wipe the wooden table that is too wet, you will quickly get the opposite effect, as the dust quickly settles in the pores of the wood. After scrubbing to dry, place a cotton tablecloth on the table until the surface is thoroughly dry.
- Tip: If the wooden table is extremely dirty, it may be advisable to sand it down before further processing.
Maintaining a wooden table – it all depends on the type of wood
How you maintain your table largely depends on whether your wood is varnished or waxed. You need to take care of your wooden table about two to three times a year. It is not only important for the appearance of your table. It is also essential in the event that liquid spills onto its surface. The care of the surface also makes the wooden table less prone to stains, such as those caused by spilled drinks.
- Maintaining lacquered wood tables over time is as easy as cleaning them. Special maintenance kits for lacquered wood surfaces can be purchased from specialist dealers, which you can use to treat wood two to three times a year.
- If you have an untreated wood table, oil should be your first choice for maintenance. You don’t even have to resort to expensive furniture maintenance oils from specialty retailers. You can even maintain your wooden table with normal cooking oil. Rub the table well with the oil, let it penetrate and then rub the wood again. Occasionally, rub heavily used wooden tables with natural resin or paraffin oil.
- If your wooden table is waxed, maintain it two to three times a year with a beeswax care emulsion.
- Tip: Wood as a natural raw material lives and continues to develop. In the case of your wooden table, that means it will darken over time. For this reason, it is impractical to place things such as vases in the same place on the table top for a long time.