To clean your table:
- Use all-purpose cleaners and soapy water
- If you wish to simply dust your table, Pledge or a similar wood polish is recommended
- Be sure to use a soft cloth to avoid scratching
- Wood polish, paste or conditioner helps prevent minor scratches in the finish, and also helps to conceal any existing ones
- Excessive heat
- Harsh chemicals and cleaning products
- Harsh cloths
- Sliding things across your table
- Getting your table soaking wet, as water causes swelling, warping, and/or staining when it penetrates a finish
Some sap, especially on thicker soft wood legs or bellies, is common at times and can easily be cleaned up with dish detergent or mineral spirits.
If you see some slight cracks on your Belly Pedestal, don’t be alarmed. Our Belly Pedestal tables are carved from a soft wood timber that always has cracks on one or all sides, and it’s common for some to develop over time. We expect this to happen and believe that it adds character to the table.
If your table is damaged or scratched, here are a few touch up solutions:
- Paste Wax – This adds a thin temporary layer of protection to your table. It works the same way that a coat of wax on your car does. It also does a nice job of concealing minor scratches.
- Wax Sticks – Similar to crayons, these are thick hard sticks of wax that come in several different colors. These work best on deeper gouges and chips, as they do a nice job filling the void and blending in with the rest of the table. They also provide good protection to your table.
- Hire a Pro – If you have a scratch or chip that you don’t think can be fixed with the products listed above, we recommend contacting a professional. There are businesses and individuals who specialize in furniture touch ups and do an amazing job. They use stains, toners, wax sticks, and various sealers and finishes to blend and repair damage. Many of the products they use can be purchased from Mohawk Finishing. If you’re feeling up to the task, DIYers can also purchase these products.