Often providing the framework for our living spaces, the wood coffee and end tables usually need some protection from everyday wear and tear. There are some steps to take to protect wood tables and ensure their lasting beauty.
First of all, it is possible to have a custom piece of furniture glass made for table tops. This will ensure that water marks and everyday use will not ruin the wood. It is then simple to clean by just simply wiping the tops with glass cleaner.
It is possible to use table mats and table cloths to protect the wood surfaces of tables. However, it is still necessary to be careful with beverages that may leak and penetrate through the cloth and thereby reach the wood surface. Water and liquids in general are the worst enemy to wood tables.
If it is time to deal with an unsightly water stain, toothpaste can be used to gently buff the stain away. Usually, water marks are not on the wood itself, but rather a reaction to the finish. So it is possible to usually gently buff away the water stain by using toothpaste and a soft cloth. Use a small amount and buff in small circles to erase the water stain.
Another way to protect tables and avoid any unnecessary destruction to them is buy using coasters for beverages. It is crucial to use coasters with felt backing or any other soft material backing. This is to prevent the coasters from sliding on the wood surfaces and creating tiny scratches.
Placement of wood furniture is also an important thing to remember. If at all possible, it is best to situate the furniture out of drafty locations. Avoid placement in areas such as near a window that is frequently left open. This prevents wind, rain, and harsh sunlight from causing harm to the finish. Excessive sunlight can bleach the surface of coffee tables and end tables.
When protecting wooden tables it is crucial to remember that these pieces will usually get very heavy usage. If there are trays for corralling remote controls, magazines, and other objects this would be highly beneficial. Just be sure that they have some sort of soft material on the bottoms of the trays so that you don’t end up with scuffs in the finish.
Lastly, do not over clean wood tables. It is not necessary to use every product on the market. Keep it simple. There are many natural polishes that can do the trick and are easy to make. Take a cup of olive oil and mix it with a half of a squeezed lemon. This is a simple and effective wood polish that can be used to retain the natural beauty of the wood furniture.
If you follow these steps, they will keep those wooden end tables and coffee table in pristine condition. It will ensure these pieces will last for many years to come.