Wooden Train Table Target | I spent my youth in a small, mid-western town. I still need a definite memory in our family dinners. When dinner ended we may all take our dishes for the sink and my mom would use a dish cloth and soap and water to clean off our old wooden home. Did you see and copy that habit from the childhood? What I failed to understand during the time was our table ended up refinished with heavy-duty polyurethane which means this habit failed to affect the wood finish very much. I just accepted wiping the table with a wet cloth since the technique of doing things.
Did you know the use of water to wash your commercially manufactured wood table the water will destroy it? Manufactured tables are generally coated with lacquer. This material allows water to penetrate the protective surface about the wood. The water will 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 would have to be refinished. Also, if the table is delaminating it would need a new veneer surface in addition to being refinished. This type of work may be an extremely expensive option.
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So please never use water on your own wood tables. Instead use a good quality wood polish or wood cleaner along with a dry cloth. Many manufacturers recommend cleaners and polishes such as Guardsman products which don’t contain silicone. Your table will retain its original finish in case you establish this since your new habit.