When you purchase a custom farmhouse table, making it last as long as possible should be a high priority. These kinds of tables typically cost more, but with the cost comes durability, custom look, and long-term value. It may seem tempting to go to the local furniture box store, but there is a good chance that you'll have to replace your table within a couple of years. The only way you can really take care of the cheaper box furniture is by not using it or being very careful when you do use it. However, with a custom farmhouse table, maintenance is very minimal, and you can use your table as often as you want.
Custom farmhouse tables are not invincible, but they can withstand a lot of abuse. Generations Marketplace builds tables that are water resistant, heat resistant, and scratch resistant. Which means, as long as you don't leave standing water on the table for a period of time, put hot pots or pans from the stove on the table, and grab a knife and scrape at your tables finish, your table is going to last a long time with the original finish. But if you do accidentally damage the table, fixing it isn't very difficult. In our next blog post, we'll go step by step in repairing a tabletop. When it comes to taking care of a custom farmhouse table, it's actually very easy. We'll go over a few things in detail to help make sure you have all the tools and information to prolong your table's life.
1. Cleaning the table is the first important step in maintaining it. Soap (dawn) and water works great! It cleans up anything you would get on your table. Using products that contain chemicals can be risky, some chemicals will eat through the finish fairly quickly over time. Stick with soap and water and you'll be fine.
2. Humidity is something not everyone thinks about. One of the traits of real wood is that it's hygroscopic. It gains or loses water moisture as the relative humidity (RH) of the surrounding air changes. Which means when it gains moisture it will expand and shrink when it loses moisture. If you allow the humidity in your home to get too low or high, it will damage the real wood table.
3. UV rays from the sun can cause discoloration. Keep that in mind when choosing the location for your table. Sometimes you don't have much of a choice, in that instance there are things you can do to mitigate the UV rays including: installing window shades, an awning, or window film. Make sure you utilize these solutions to keep your table looking bright and shiny.
4. Polishing your furniture everyday make seem like a good idea but you'll just start to build up a waxy residue on your table. Try to only polish it every so often, maybe once every week or two weeks. There is a way to get the residue off your table. All you need is (dawn) soap, water and a rag. Wipe down the table good and dry it off so there's no standing puddles of water on the table.
As you can see, taking care of your custom farmhouse table isn't very difficult. Just keep it clean and make sure you enjoy your table!