When you are considering purchasing a wooden dining table it is important to inform yourself about the care and maintenance for the material. Solid wood such as teak wood, ash wood or oak wood is particular popular for dining tables because of its organic feel and the durability. Not only it stands the test of time, solid wood tables introduce warmth and texture to your dining space. While a wooden dining table may be strong, it is a natural product and needs a proper care to keep its attractive appearance.
Especially if you invest in a valuable design peace, it’s smart to keep the care and maintenance in mind –regardless of whether you use your dining table on a daily basis or only on special occasions. In this guide we give you simple tricks on how to maintain for your wooden dining table and ensure its longevity.
There are many options for dining tables, yet we would recommend to watch out for solid wood. Here’s an overview of the most typical woods in furniture design:
Teak Wood is popular for its beautiful natural hue but more so ever for being highly resistant to rot, pests (bugs, termites and worms), and fungi. It’s naturally water-resistant, not prone to significant humidity changes and physically very strong and durable. Teak wood contains oils that make it naturally weather-resistant and low maintenance. Hence, why teak wood is the most used wood for outdoor dining tables.
Ash wood is a light coloured, smooth-grained hardwood and a very attractive option for fine furniture. The most interesting features are its durability, lightweight and aesthetics. Especially its characteristics as a shock-resistant wood and the ability to absorb wood stains, make it perfect for furnishing with a high frequent usage. Ash wood furniture is particularly chosen for mid-century modern home style.
Oak Wood is one of the most popular woods used in furniture manufacturing and is generally a good choice in terms of eco-friendliness because it grows fast. It’s highly durable and comes in a number of hues. Its grain pattern is quite unique, you can enjoy it natural or with a light finish to protect the surface. Oak has a lovely golden hue, which fits perfectly in a warm coastal design scheme.
Naturally your wooden dining table will have some wear and tear over time. There are a few simple tricks that you can practice on a daily basis to protect your dining table from damages.
A proper care and maintenance for your hardwood dining table includes regular cleaning, mostly on a daily basis if it’s the place where you regularly eat. With wooden furniture it is important to avoid cleaning products with harsh chemicals and abrasive cloths that can cause irreversible damage. A vinegar mixture or diluted washing up liquid can be used in three easy steps:
1. Wiping: Use a barely damp soft microfiber cloth to remove any dust, crumbs, and stains that may have built up.
2. Applying cleaning solution: Sticky spots you can remove by adding a few drops of dish soap to a bowl of warm water. Dip your damp microfiber cloth into the soapy water and gently rub the affected area.
3. Drying: Your wooden dining table should never sit with water. After cleaning make sure to use a clean, dry microfiber cloth to dry and buff the table.
In addition to preventive measures and regular care and maintenance, your wooden dining table deserves some occasional pampering. You will notice over time that the shine of your wooden table might fade. To bring it back to life we recommend polishing your solid wood dining table at least once a year. Make sure to use a suitable clear wax, refrain from using silicone-based polish products as they’re absorbed easily by the wood and cause cosmetic damage to your table.
One great thing about solid wood furniture is that it can easily be refurbished. Scratches start to mellow and blend it over time, and yet they can be easily fixed. If well maintained wooden furnishing ages beautifully and will bring you a lifelong joy.
Taking care of your wooden dining table is a simple matter of habit. With daily maintenance and awareness for protection you can make it last longer and maintain its beauty. Keep your dining table dust free, remove spills immediately and be cautious with sharp objects and hot plates. These are the main things to remember. Whether you opt to teak wood, ash wood or oak wood, ensure to read the instructions that your manufacturer provides, and check out the furniture care section on our website for more information.
At La Maison you can find a wide selection of wooden dining tables, perfect for Hamptons style homes as well as contemporary home designs. Pair it with comfortable dining chairs for a perfect entertaining experience for your family and your guests. PS: Sign up to our La Maison Insider newsletter to be the first to know about new arrivals and promotions.