So, you’ve done the fun part and bought a beautiful wood table top or worktop to give your kitchen or dining room the wow factor but you might be wondering how you maintain, clean and protect the dining table or worktop to retain its beauty & charm for a lifetime. It all starts with prevention!
Step 1 - Make sure your dining table is protected with oil or wax – why is it important to oil a wood surface?
Whether your dining table is made of Oak, Beech, Ash, Walnut, Acacia, Iroko or anything else fancy, solid wood will naturally absorb water making it swollen if it is not treated with oil or varnish first as protection. This is a really easy process and if you haven’t done so, you can apply oil to your wooden tabletop or countertop in 3 easy steps.
What you’ll need:
- Lint free cloth
- Luke warm water – feel free to add simple soap or opt for Rubio Monocoat Soap
- Scrub or buffing pad
Prior to the oiling process described below, you should ensure the surface is clear of dust and has been sanded to 120-grit. 3 step process to apply oil to your table top:
- Clean the surface using soap water ensuring it is clean of debris and left to dry out for approx. 10 – 15 mins. (We’ve used Rubio Monocoat Soap mixed with water 1 : 10 ratio).
- Shake the oil or wax vigorously to ensure it is properly mixed and apply sparingly to the table top. Using a sponge, work the oil into the wood fibres applying even pressure throughout and buff the entire surface. Its best to move in a circular motion to make sure you’ve covered all parts and the oil has penetrated every grain of the wood fibres.
- Once the oil or wax has been applied, within 10-15 minutes of applying the oil, go over the surface with a cloth to wipe off excess oil and leave to dry for 4 – 6 hours.
Step 2: On-going care for your dining table or kitchen worktop - the key is maintaining a clear surface where possible
As you use your wooden tabletop or worktop each day, you are likely to spill food, wine, water, juice, tea, coffee, soda even if you’re being super careful. The best way to preserve the tables longevity, is to wipe away any food or liquid straight away this will keep it dry and prevent staining. We use Rubio Monocoat & Osmo Polyx Oil which is naturally water & dirt resistant and enhances the beautiful colour of the wood.
Can I place hot pots and pans on my wooden table top? You should not place any hot or wet pans directly on to the surface of the wood. Ideally, you should use a heat table mat to protect the surface.
We recommend you keep your dining table clear of any residues and wipe down with a slightly damp (not wet) cloth after each sitting. You can use a surface cleaner to clean the surface and wipe down after each use. If you have any spillages they should be wiped immediately to prevent seeping into the wood. The oil will help with protect against water. Wood is a natural material and should be oiled regularly approx. every 6 months to maintain the materials an provide longevity.
Step 3: Apply oil to your table top every 6 - 9 months to refresh its colour and enhance protection - the feel of a new table every time
If you follow the steps in the video from step 2 approximately every 6 months you’ll see that your table looks practically brand new and the table should last a very long time.
Additional tips to maintain your solid wood dining table or work top
The first step is to try and clean the area with a warm wet cloth to see if this removes the mark. You can try mixing vinegar with water to see if this helps the real tough stains or marks. If everything has failed, the beauty of a solid wood table top is that you can sand it down to remove the top layer and the mark will be gone:
- Gently sand down the area using 120-grit sand paper until the mark has been removed.
- Vacuum excess dust and dirt from the area and clean with either soapy water or a damp cloth.
- Once dry, you can apply a small amount of oil, wax or varnish to the area, ensuring its buffed in. Please note: you should use the oil that was used on the table originally to ensure it matches in colour.
- Leave to dry for 4-6 hours and your refreshed table will be ready to use
Significant temperature changes cause the wood to expand and constrict. We recommend you keep the table at a steady temperature where possible with adequate ventilation.
Conclusion: You're in control, let us hear your thoughts?
You’re in control of how to keep your dining table in pristine condition. What’d you think of our tips? D you have any suggestions or tips that have worked for you? Why not add them to the comments below!
– Hiran P.