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Care Guide: How to look after your dining table

Care Guide: How to look after your dining table

The dining room. It’s where you eat, drink and entertain. And whether you’ve got a room full of guests or a simple dinner for 2, you still want to make sure your table’s good enough to eat (off). So dig in to our tips below.


General dining table care tips 

You (obviously) want to avoid scuffs, marks and damage. They dull your table’s shine, and distract from your dinners. Here’s how to keep them at bay:



Veneered and solid wood tables

  • Regular cleaning is key. Wipe your table with a damp cloth, then dry with a clean, lint-free cloth
  • Wipe up any spills immediately
  • Use a diluted, wood-friendly detergent on any stubborn marks
  • Don’t use harsh or abrasive chemicals, polishes or sprays
  • To repair small scratches on veneer, you can use a small amount of oil polish, and for solid wood, you can just seal with matching varnish or paint. Always test a discrete area before you do this
  • Coasters and placemats, please. They protect the table’s surface from moisture and heat – don’t place hot drinks or plates directly on your table
  • Try to keep your table out of direct sunlight – this can cause some colour fading and movement of the timber
  • Don’t put your table directly in front of a radiator – on veneered tables, this can cause the veneer to lift away, and cause solid wood to move
  • Just a reminder; solid wood is a changeable and living material, so excess heat, cold and moisture will affect the timber and over time could cause bowing or hairline cracks


Lacquer

  • Clean your lacquered table as per veneered tables above
  • Lacquer is easily scratched, so make sure everyone uses a placemat and coaster
  • Wipe away finger marks with a soft microfibre cloth



Glass

  • Wipe away spills and finger marks with a clean, dry cloth



Concrete, marble and stone

  • Concrete tables are porous, so clean up any spills as soon as they happen
  • Keep sharp objects like knives away from the surface – these are particularly prone to scratches
  • Wipe concrete, marble and stone tables regularly with a damp cloth, then dry with a clean, lint-free cloth
  • Don’t use harsh or abrasive chemicals, polishes or sprays



Extending dining tables

Roughly dragging your table when extending it can cause the legs to break – so it’s important to take care when you’re moving it. If you can, get someone to help you.

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