How to care for your reclaimed wood dining furniture

Close up of reclaimed wood dining table with white cotton napkins

Reclaimed wood furniture really is right on trend. It is wood being reused - generally old beams from buildings that are being demolished, old railway sleepers, floorboards, scaffold boards, but also old boat timbers and fortress doors. It is an eco-friendly way to give old timbers a new lease of life, rather than burning it or chucking it in landfill.

The furniture pieces created from reclaimed wood are not designed to look new - rather they should proudly show colour variations, knots and old nail holes which give the furniture tonnes of character and history that you just achieve with new timber. It is homely, warm and comforting to see. With the right care a reclaimed dining table, sideboard or chest of drawers will be a part of your household for many years to come.

So how do you care for reclaimed wood?

Reclaimed wood is a natural product that will react to its environment. When you first get an item it will take some time to "settle in" during this time it is a good idea, using a lint-free cloth, to wax it regularly - say once a month for the first three months, especially on surfaces that will be frequently used. After this time, you can give it just a thin layer of wax around four times a year to keep it looking its best. 

Industrial dining table with large reclaimed wood display cabinet

A reclaimed wood dining table is incredibly forgiving, making it the perfect choice for a family home. Small scratches and dents can be blended in completely by simply using clear wax. There are many waxes on the market - some rustic dining tables will have a slight tint to the wax - if this is the case you can take a quick photo on your phone and get advice on colour and which products to use from your local hardware store.

Some tables are finished with oil - again this is something you can easily find in hardware stores and apply as necessary to protect your wood dining table and keep it looking as good as new.

Day to day care

As with all wood furniture, use placemats and coasters to avoid getting heat and ring marks. When you are writing you can pop something underneath the paper to avoid marking your table through the paper. Spillages should be wiped up as soon as possible. We do not recommend using wood polishes - they contain silicone which will build up over time - just a dry lint-free cloth is fine or a damp cloth with a little mild detergent on a regularly waxed table will be all you need to do!

Luxury reclaimed wood dining table with fabric dining chairs

Photo featuring: Kensington Reclaimed Wood Dining Table

Reclaimed wood tables can be incredibly heavy so when you move your furniture please don't drag it, as this will weaken the joints, it is always best to lift it and set it down in its new position and if possible, avoid putting your dining furniture in direct sunlight or near a heat source. 

Help is at hand

If you do have a piece of reclaimed wood furniture that has got damaged and you are not happy to, or don't think you will be able to put it right yourself then you can get the professionals in. There are a number of companies that will send a fully qualified furniture technician to your home to carry out a repair quickly and easily. They can do great things and with reclaimed wood being so forgiving they can repair a whole range of issues. 

Close up of a round dining table showing features of reclaimed wood furniture

Peace of mind

When you purchase furniture from us you can also purchase a 5-year protection policy with a convenient one-off payment - this will cover your furniture for accidental stain damage, including food, drinks, ink, make-up and candle wax as well as accidental scratches, chips and more. You can find full details here.

Whether you are looking for a classic farmhouse table or a super cool industrial dining table, you have to consider the reclaimed wood option. First and foremost it's the eco-friendly choice but also the timbers are strong and durable and oozing with character......your new dining furniture will add bundles of style whether you have a traditional, retro or an ultra-modern interior. 


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