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Dining Table Care

With the right care, a dining table can be a lifelong piece of furniture. Refer to the care information below for material-specific instructions. If you have any questions about how to care for your table, we're here to help at 800.301.9720 or shop@roomandboard.com.

Wood

Instructions for All Wood Furniture:
  • Moisture and heat can damage any wood finish. Protect your furniture by using coasters and trivets. Always wipe up moisture promptly and dry with a soft cloth.
  • Avoid dragging sharp or rough objects across the surface of your wood furniture. Use adhesive felt pads, trivets, coasters and placemats to help prevent scratches.
  • Avoid direct contact with rubber bumpers and candle wax as it may react with the wood's finish and leave a stain.
  • Wood will expand and contract with seasonal humidity changes. Maintain consistent humidity levels to minimize movement in the wood and prevent warping.
  • Over time, air and sunlight will change the color of natural wood. Occasionally rotate the items placed on your wood furniture to allow a more uniform color to develop. Expose table leaves to the same amount of air and sunlight as your table.
  • Care for your wood furniture according to its finish.
  • Apply Room & Board Wood Cleaner for daily or deep cleaning on all of your interior or exterior wood surfaces. Simply spray and wipe clean with a cloth.
  • Room & Board Wood Cleaner can be purchased in our stores, online or by calling 800.301.9720.
Lacquer, Paint or Stain
  • Lacquered, painted or stained wood is susceptible to scratches. Use adhesive felt pads, trivets, coasters and placemats to protect your furniture.
  • Use a slightly damp cloth to clean as needed. Wipe dry.
  • For persistent spots, gently clean with a soft cloth and a solution of water and mild detergent. Wipe dry.
  • Do not use cleaning products containing ammonia, alcohol or petroleum.
  • Avoid furniture polish as it can accumulate over time and leave a residue.
Oil-and-Wax or Oiled
  • Use a slightly damp cloth to clean as needed. Wipe dry.
  • Treat your furniture with Room & Board Satin Wax annually, or more often, if the wood seems dry.
  • Apply Room & Board Satin Wax with a clean, white cloth following the direction of the grain pattern. Take care to treat the exposed end grain of panels. Using another cloth, buff to remove excess wax and achieve a smooth finish.
  • Room & Board Satin Wax can be purchased in our stores, online or by calling 800.301.9720.
  • Do not use Room & Board Satin Wax on reclaimed chestnut; see instructions below.
Reclaimed Chestnut (food-grade mineral oil finish)
  • Use a slightly damp cloth to clean as needed. Wipe dry.
  • Treat reclaimed chestnut every six months, or more often if the wood seems dry, with an application of food-grade mineral oil. Do not use cooking oils or Room & Board Satin Wax.
  • Apply food-grade mineral oil to a clean, white cloth and then rub it into the wood. Do not apply mineral oil directly to the wood.
  • Scratches, burns, residue and other surface damage can be removed with fine-grit sandpaper. Reapply mineral oil after sanding.

Glass

Instructions for All Glass:
  • Avoid dragging sharp or rough objects across glass. Use adhesive felt pads, trivets, coasters and placemats to help prevent scratches.
  • Avoid harsh, abrasive cleaners and do not use scrapers or razor blades to clean glass.
Clear glass
  • Clean with glass cleaner. Wipe dry.
Satin etched glass and colored glass
  • Clean the top surface with a damp cloth.
  • For stubborn spots, use a gentle glass cleaner. Spray the cloth first to avoid drips, which can damage the film-coated underside of the glass.

Marble, Quartz & Granite

Marble
  • Marble is a porous material and will quickly absorb spills on the surface. Blot spills immediately to minimize staining.
  • Our marble is not sealed. You may apply an over-the-counter sealant, which will provide a small amount of surface protection, but you will still need to act quickly to clean spills.
  • Use a slightly damp cloth to clean as needed. Wipe dry.
  • Avoid using abrasive cleaners, chemical solvents, strong detergents, cleaners with bleach, and furniture polish.
  • Use trivets, coasters, placemats and adhesive felt pads to help prevent scratches.
  • Over time marble will develop a patina from use, with variations in color and surface sheen.
Granite
  • Our granite is not sealed. You may apply an over-the-counter sealant, which will provide a small amount of surface protection, but we still recommend cleaning spills promptly.
  • Use a slightly damp cloth to clean as needed. Wipe dry.
  • Avoid using abrasive cleaners, chemical solvents, strong detergents, cleaners with bleach, and furniture polish.
  • Use trivets, coasters, placemats and adhesive felt pads to help prevent scratches.
Quartz
  • Despite its durability, it is important to avoid setting hot items on a quartz surface. Always use a trivet or hot pad.
  • Use a slightly damp cloth to clean as needed. Wipe dry.
  • Avoid using abrasive cleaners, chemical solvents, strong detergents, cleaners with bleach, and furniture polish.
  • Use trivets, coasters, placemats and adhesive felt pads to help prevent scratches.

Powder-coated MDF & Laminated Plywood

Powder-coated MDF & Laminated Plywood
  • Although powder-coating and laminate are durable, seamless surfaces they are not impervious to stains and damage from moisture and heat. Take the same precautions you would with any wood furniture.
  • Avoid dragging sharp or rough objects across the surface of your furniture. Use adhesive felt pads, trivets, coasters and placemats to help prevent scratches.
  • Use a slightly damp cloth to clean as needed. Wipe dry.
  • For spot cleaning, use an all-purpose cleaner or a solution of water and mild detergent. Wipe dry.

Natural & Stainless Steel

Natural Steel
  • Our natural steel furniture has a lacquer finish. Use trivets, coasters, placemats and adhesive felt pads to help prevent scratches.
  • Wipe up spills promptly. Clean with a damp cloth. Wipe dry.
  • Avoid using abrasive cleaners, chemical solvents, strong detergents, cleaners with bleach, and furniture polish.
Stainless Steel
  • Wipe up spills promptly. Clean with a damp cloth. Wipe dry.
  • To renew shine, polish with lemon oil or orange oil.
  • We recommend using a multi-surface cleaner or stainless steel cleaner to remove spots.

Powder-coat Finish

Powder-coat finish
  • Wipe up spills promptly. Clean with a damp cloth. Wipe dry.
  • Avoid using abrasive cleaners, chemical solvents, strong detergents, cleaners with bleach, and furniture polish.