Regardless of whether you use your dining room furniture on a daily basis or reserve it for special occasions, it's a good idea to keep maintenance in mind.
Especially when it comes to beautiful furniture that you've invested in. We're giving you a simple guide on how to maintain your furniture and extend its longevity so you can enjoy your dining table for years to come.
The first thing to keep in mind is that natural wood furniture is a dynamic, natural material. Pitch pockets and stains are an inherent and beautiful part of natural wood. Check out our Homeowner's Guide to Natural Wood to learn more.
If you're using your wood dining table every day, you'll inevitably see wear and tear over time. That said, if you purchase a natural hardwood table that's made with solid construction, the lifespan will be much longer than that of a cheaply made table.
Wood can also be restored and refinished. If you're just beginning your design journey and deciding what table to choose, keep in mind your lifestyle and the location of the table. For a comprehensive guide on how to choose the best dining table for you, read more here.
On a daily basis, there are a few habits you can pick up that will extend the longevity of your furniture over time.
The great thing about a hardwood table is that it can be refinished. You'll also notice that over time, scratches start to mellow and blend in, especially if the whole table is used evenly. Ever notice that your grandmother's oak table still looks beautiful after all these years? Wood, if maintained well, ages beautifully.
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The first important thing consider about a glass top dining table is that if it's scratched, there may not be much you can do about it. But don't let that deter you from buying one if you find a style you love.
Every day scratches are usually only visible in certain light and at certain angles. If you're careful, your glass table may never scratch. Like wood, it has a tendency to be unpredictable in terms of what may or may not scratch it.
Be cautious with jewelry and sliding plates, and use placemats as a protective layer. To clean a glass top table, use ammonia mixed with water or a natural glass cleaner.
Taking care of your dining room furniture is a simple matter of habit, daily maintenance, and awareness. Ultimately you know what your lifestyle and home decor preferences are, but keep in mind that high-quality furniture will have much greater longevity than furniture made without thought or care.
Keep dust off of your wood furniture with a microfiber towel, wipe it down when needed, and refinish your tabletop if it's looking lackluster. To avoid scratches on any surface, be cautious of jewelry, condensation, and hot plates. Keeping your glass table top clean is relatively easy with a glass cleaner.
Be sure to read the instructions that your manufacturer provides, and check out the Furniture Care section on our website for more information.
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Author: Julia Maiman
Julia is a writer, blogger, and believer in the smell of old books. She has been crafting stories since she could put pen to paper. She is also a lover of dogs, traveling, and Led Zeppelin.