A beautiful piece of wooden furniture can turn into a family heirloom. That includes things like your dining room table. If you have just become the latest custodian of an heirloom table, you are probably want to make sure that you are doing everything you can to make sure that it will look just as good when you pass it along as it did when you got it. There are several things that you can do to keep your table looking good and in good shape.
Trivets are generally made out of metal or tile. They generally are raised, with little feet keeping the entire trivet from touching the table. That will keep the heat from radiating down from the top of the trivet down to the wood. This way, you can make sure your hot pans or bowls aren't put directly on your table or counter. The nice thing about trivets is that they can come in all kinds of shapes and sizes. You could have trivets that are seasonal, which will let you switch things around. But no matter what kind of trivet you have, they are going to keep hot things from scorching your table.
Avoid Direct Sunlight
Another thing that you can do to make sure your dining table looks good for years to come is to keep it out of the direct sunlight. The light can cause fading and discoloration to your table. It could also cause more physical damage, like cracking, especially if the area where the light comes in tends to really heat up. If you have to have your table where it is going to get direct sunlight, you can protect it by using a simple tablecloth that you keep on it all the time. If you use an oilcloth tablecloth, it's really easy to keep clean, all you have to do to clean it off is to wipe it down with a damp sponge or cloth. Then when you want to show off the beauty of the table, all you have to do is whip off the tablecloth, and it will be there in all its glory.
If you have an heirloom table, you want to make sure that you are doing everything possible to make sure that it will last as long as possible. It can be really easy for you to make sure that you are doing that.