36 Wood Table Legs | I spent my youth in a small, mid-western town. I have an obvious memory of our own family dinners. When dinner was over we would all take our dishes for the sink and my mom would use a dish cloth and water and soap to scrub off our old wooden dining table. Did you see and copy that habit from the childhood? What I failed to understand back then was that our table ended up refinished with heavy-duty polyurethane and this habit failed to get a new wood finish quite definitely. I just accepted wiping the table using a wet cloth because the technique of doing things.
Did you know if you are using water to clean your commercially manufactured wood table the water will destroy it? Manufactured tables are generally coated with lacquer. This material allows water to get in the protective surface around the wood. The water may cause warping, checking and delamination. In addition to ruining your table, damage from water will void your warranty.
There are few options when repairing the damaged surface. If it is minor damage it might be possible to re-lacquer the table. It is more likely the table would have to be refinished. Also, if the table is delaminating it will require a new veneer surface in addition to being refinished. This type of work could be a very high-cost option.
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So please never use water on your wood tables. Instead use a quality wood polish or wood cleaner as well as a dry cloth. Many manufacturers recommend cleaners and polishes including Guardsman products which don’t contain silicone. Your table will retain its original finish in the event you establish this since your new habit.