Wooden Vegetable Storage | I was raised in a small, mid-western town. I still have an obvious memory in our family dinners. When dinner was done we may all take our dishes to the sink and my mom would use a dish cloth and water and soap to wash off our old wooden kitchen table. Did you see and copy that habit from the childhood? What I didn’t understand at the time was our table had been refinished with heavy-duty polyurethane which means this habit didn’t modify the wood finish quite definitely. I just accepted wiping the table with a wet cloth as the technique of doing things.
Did you will know if you use water to clean your commercially manufactured wood table the lake will destroy it? Manufactured tables are generally coated with lacquer. This material allows water to go into the protective surface for 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 may be possible to re-lacquer the table. It is more likely that this table would need to be refinished. Also, in the event the table is delaminating it would need a new veneer surface not only is it refinished. This type of work could be a very expensive option.
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So please never use water on your own wood tables. Instead use a top quality wood polish or wood cleaner along with a dry cloth. Many manufacturers recommend cleaners and polishes such as Guardsman products that do not effectively contain silicone. Your table will retain its original finish should you establish this as the new habit.