In terms of durability and beauty, few things can compare to a solid wood dining table. However, all this grandeur doesn't come without a cost. If you want to protect your table, there are some things you need to do to achieve this goal.
Act Fast After Staining
Make sure you aren't waiting around when you get a stain on your table. This is true even if it's just a water stain from a glass you left on the table. When it comes to solid wood, the longer you allow the stain to rest on the surface, the more difficult it will be to remove it. If your table hasn't been coated with a layer of wax, you need to act right away as it won't take long for the stain to settle in permanently.
Don't Forget To Dust
If you aren't eating at the wood table on a regular basis, make sure you aren't forgetting to dust the table on occasion. Regular dusting is important for wood tables because any abrasive objects left on the table can scratch its surface. Simply dusting the table with a soft cloth, periodically is sufficient. As an added tip, make sure the cloth is clean. If it is dirty, it might have a chemical residue on it that might damage the wood.
When it comes to wood, a high humidity level is never a good thing. If you aren't controlling the humidity level in your home, you're only harming your table. When the humidity level is too high, this can cause the table to warp. Warping will show up in the form of raised spots along the surface of the table. Unfortunately, warping is not something you can easily repair so ideally you want to avoid it in the first place.
Choose Cleaners Carefully
When shopping for products to clean your wood table, make certain you are choosing carefully. This is true whether or not you have a wax coating on your table. The problem with powerful cleaners is that they can actually strip the protective coating off the wood. Once this layer is stripped, there is an increased risk of scratching and staining to the table. Only use those products that are labeled safe for wood or consider a more natural product that doesn't have harsh chemicals.
The more effort you put into caring for your table, the longer it will last and the better it will look. Make sure you are working to protect your table.