Care & Cleaning of a Polyurethane Finished Table
Congratulations! If you’re reading this you may have recently purchased the perfect Grain Designs dining table, desk, or furniture piece for your home! Now, the question you may be asking; how to care for your reclaimed wood furniture?
If you have recently purchased a piece from us at Grain Designs, there is about a high chance that your piece was finished with our commercial grade hi-build polyurethane product. Thi is an extremely durable finish; however, it is not indestructible. We still recommend taking caution with care and cleaning, similar to any wood furniture product. Thus, we have provided some guidelines to help you preserve the quality finish!
Wiping & Washing
While you chose the reclaimed wood table as a solid, sturdy, virtually indestructible option for your dining room table, it is important to take proper care of this piece of furniture to ensure that it lasts for lifetimes after. We recommend wiping with a damp cloth, either using soap and water or a natural based cleaning solution. Most standard cleaning solutions contain either an alcohol or ammonia base, which over an extended period of time, can eat through the finish.
At Grain Designs we also use low sheen urethane finishes. Common furniture cleaners such as Pledge furniture polish, may actually damage the topcoat of your furniture. Furniture polish will leave a glossy, often uneven residue over your tables surface. The low sheen finish we all desire will be difficult to recover. We recommend avoiding furniture polish on our custom furniture pieces!
Water Marks & Spills
You scatter the coasters around so people will use them and hopefully leave your reclaimed wood table intact but, inevitably there is always one person who neglects to use a coaster. So now you’ve had it happen, the dreaded watermark on your new reclaimed wood table. Watermarks and spills should be protected exceptionally well with our hi-build polyurethane finish. However, we still recommend wiping up all spills as quickly as possible. Again, if it is an alcoholic product, the odds of it leaving a ring go up significantly. Do your best to use coasters and placemats when dining at the table, as well as using trivets or hot pads for high-temperature items.
Scuffs & Scratches
Scuffs, light scratches, and dings are inevitable on the surface as this table grows with your family. We believe that some scratches over time tell a story, but please use caution to avoid deep surface scratches. Sharp utensils, abrasives, and pointy objects such as ballpoint pens can scratch or dent the table’s surface so try to use a pad when writing on the surface. In the event your table acquires a large scratch, it can be masked by applying a similar stain color to your table.
Your table is a living piece of history with tons of character expressing its past life. Embrace the character and don’t be afraid to allow your table to continue to write its next story and grow with your family!
Not Finished With Polyurethane…
If you have a furniture piece was not finished with Polyurethane, it most likely has a unique product called Rubio Monocoat, or a wax finish on the surface. If this is the case, take all the same precautions to not damage your table and use the same soap and water or natural based cleaning products as stated above.
Rubio Monocoat is a unique finish that was designed as a high quality floor finish. It works… and we find it to be extremely durable to be a floor covering. It has an all natural no sheen finish which is growing in popularity so we have been using it on our furniture more and more frequently. The ame care and cleaning rules apply as we find Rubio Monocoat finishes to be just as durable as our commercial urethane finishes.
We recommend spraying/dampening the rag with the solution and not actually spritzing the table top as it may leave water droplet marks on the top. In the event that your wax finished table gets a scratch, simply wipe in a small amount of wax then buff it out. It should help cover the mark.
All in all, taking care of reclaimed wood furniture pieces isn’t nearly as intimidating as it seems. With some strategic finishes and smart cleaning habits, you’ll lengthen the life of your dining table for a long time to come. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your treatment and care of reclaimed wood you can contact us here. We’re happy to answer any questions and help you keep your wood in the best condition possible.
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