Octagonal Wooden Picnic Table | I grew up in a tiny, mid-western town. I still have a specific memory in our family dinners. When dinner was done we might all take our dishes for the sink and my mom would make use of a dish cloth and soapy water to completely clean off our old wooden dining room table. Did you see and copy that habit from the childhood? What I did not understand at that time was our table had been refinished with heavy-duty polyurethane and this habit did not customize the wood finish a lot. I just accepted wiping the table using a wet cloth because way to do things.
Did you know that 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 enter the protective surface about 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 could be possible to re-lacquer the table. It is more likely that this table will have to be refinished. Also, when the table is delaminating it might have to have a new veneer surface and also refinished. This type of work could be an extremely high cost option.
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So please never use water on your wood tables. Instead make use of a high quality wood polish or wood cleaner as well as a dry cloth. Many manufacturers recommend cleaners and polishes like Guardsman products that do not effectively contain silicone. Your table will retain its original finish if you establish this as your new habit.