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While you chose the reclaimed wood table as a solid, sturdy, virtually indestructible option for your dining room table, it is important to take proper care of this piece of furniture to ensure that it lasts for lifetimes after. Below are some helpful tips to maintain your reclaimed wood table. The right tools and correct types of cleaners can help extend the life your reclaimed wood table so that it may one day be a family heirloom.

While you chose the reclaimed wood table as a solid, sturdy, virtually indestructible option for your dining room table, it is important to take proper care of this piece of furniture to ensure that it lasts for lifetimes after. Below are some helpful tips to maintain your reclaimed wood table. The right tools and correct types of cleaners can help extend the life your reclaimed wood table so that it may one day be a family heirloom.

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1) Use the right cleaner!

Lots of natural cleaning blogs recommend using a solution of olive oil and white vinegar mixed with water to clean reclaimed wood furniture. The reason being is this cleaning solution is all natural and nontoxic. The white vinegar and oil combination works best on reclaimed wood tables that are untreated. This means that the table has not been brushed with a finishing oil or shellac. If your reclaimed wood table has been sealed/treated then use a gentle soap and a soft rag.

1) Use the right cleaner!

Lots of natural cleaning blogs recommend using a solution of olive oil and white vinegar mixed with water to clean reclaimed wood furniture. The reason being is this cleaning solution is all natural and nontoxic. The white vinegar and oil combination works best on reclaimed wood tables that are untreated. This means that the table has not been brushed with a finishing oil or shellac. If your reclaimed wood table has been sealed/treated then use a gentle soap and a soft rag.

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Make sure your reclaimed wood table is properly cleaned prior to applying wood cleaner.

Reclaimed wood tables are a thing of beauty with their unique composition of cracks, knots and flaws that come with being an old piece of wood. A soft paintbrush is an ideal tool to clean the nooks and crannies that will inevitably have crumbs stuck in them. If the knots and cracks in the table have some stubborn food buildup use an aerosol spray can that they use for computer cleaning. The airbursts are helpful in the removal of the most stubborn crumbs.   

Ideally you should remove the crumbles and any liquid spills from your reclaimed wood table as soon as you can. Food crumbs can have oils that may stain the table and liquid spills can create the same threat of staining your reclaimed wood table. Invest in a small, soft-bristled paintbrush or something like it to help keep your table clear of any crumbs that may invade the knots and cracks.

 

You leave coasters around so people will use them and hopefully leave your reclaimed wood table intact, but inevitably there is always one person who neglects to use a coaster. So now you’ve had it happen, the dreaded watermark on your new-to-you reclaimed wood table. How do you get rid of the watermarks? There are many simple ways to remove watermarks with natural ingredients like salt, water or baking soda. A number of furniture experts recommend non-gel toothpaste to remove watermarks and then using a little furniture polish to buff out the tough spots.

Do not place hot plates on your reclaimed wood table. Putting hot plates and pots on your table will create terrible marks that are very hard to get rid of. Make sure you use trivets or hot pads to protect your table from potential burn marks.

Avoid putting your reclaimed wood table in direct sunlight. You want to prevent your table from drying out and cracking. By removing or keeping your table out of direct sunlight you help prevent warping, discoloration and other potential issues from exposure to intense heat and light. If your reclaimed wood table is intended for the outdoors do your best to keep it in the shady part of the yard or put an umbrella over the table.

 

Make sure your reclaimed wood table is properly cleaned prior to applying wood cleaner.

Reclaimed wood tables are a thing of beauty with their unique composition of cracks, knots and flaws that come with being an old piece of wood. A soft paintbrush is an ideal tool to clean the nooks and crannies that will inevitably have crumbs stuck in them. If the knots and cracks in the table have some stubborn food buildup use an aerosol spray can that they use for computer cleaning. The airbursts are helpful in the removal of the most stubborn crumbs.   

Ideally you should remove the crumbles and any liquid spills from your reclaimed wood table as soon as you can. Food crumbs can have oils that may stain the table and liquid spills can create the same threat of staining your reclaimed wood table. Invest in a small, soft-bristled paintbrush or something like it to help keep your table clear of any crumbs that may invade the knots and cracks.

 

You leave coasters around so people will use them and hopefully leave your reclaimed wood table intact, but inevitably there is always one person who neglects to use a coaster. So now you’ve had it happen, the dreaded watermark on your new-to-you reclaimed wood table. How do you get rid of the watermarks? There are many simple ways to remove watermarks with natural ingredients like salt, water or baking soda. A number of furniture experts recommend non-gel toothpaste to remove watermarks and then using a little furniture polish to buff out the tough spots.

Do not place hot plates on your reclaimed wood table. Putting hot plates and pots on your table will create terrible marks that are very hard to get rid of. Make sure you use trivets or hot pads to protect your table from potential burn marks.

Avoid putting your reclaimed wood table in direct sunlight. You want to prevent your table from drying out and cracking. By removing or keeping your table out of direct sunlight you help prevent warping, discoloration and other potential issues from exposure to intense heat and light. If your reclaimed wood table is intended for the outdoors do your best to keep it in the shady part of the yard or put an umbrella over the table.

 

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