Proper aftercare for your live edge table is essential so that it withstands the test of time. Live edge tables are not cheap, so you’ll want to properly care for them to ensure they’re worth the investment.
In this guide, we’ll break down how to care for your live edge table after you buy it.
Quick Tips To Care for Your Live Edge Tabletop
Below are quick tips for caring for your table. Continue reading for more details!
- Clean your table with warm water and a microfiber rag
- Use Vesting’s maintenance oil for tables finished with LED hardwax oil to repair minor scratches and repel dirt and moisture
- Store indoors only in homes with consistent temperatures. If stored outdoors or in areas with varying moisture levels, warping will occur with time.
- Mount on a base as soon as possible once your table is delivered.
- Use hot pads, placemats, and coasters as a preventative measure.
How To Clean Your Table
Obviously, every dining room table should be cleaned after it’s used to remove germs, as well as any spilled food or drinks.
Cleaning may vary based on what finish was used on the table. Our most common finish, an LED Hardwax Oil, as well as other finishes such as epoxy or polyurethane, can be cleaned using a rag and warm water. When cleaning your table, a soft rag should be used. We recommend microfiber, but any soft rag will do!
We don’t recommend using chemicals to clean your table. Although most finishes are highly resistant to chemicals once cured, we don’t recommend them.
How To Repair A Scratch
Repairing a scratch will also vary based on the finish type. For a finish such as epoxy or polyurethane, you may need to sand down your table and completely refinish it, depending on how bad the scratch is.
Our most common finish, the LED Hardwax Oil, can be repaired locally. This means that you can simply refinish small sections if needed.
Since most won’t have access to the curing light, the maintenance oil may be a better fit. The maintenance oil can be used for touching up your tabletop without a gloss difference and it helps to maintain the wear layer of the finish.
The maintenance oil can be purchased here for around $21. We do recommend ordering some, as it will also help your table repel dirt, moisture, and anything else it may come into contact with.
Where to Store a Live Edge Table
Proper storage is essential for your table. You’ll want to keep your table mounted in an area that’s room temperature. These tables are only designed for indoor use.
Areas that vary in temperature frequently are not usually the best fit for your table, as the wood will expand and contract frequently which causes cracks, warping and ultimately damage.
We do not recommend live edge tables for areas such as cabins or garages since they aren’t typically heated year-round.
Coasters, Placemats, & Hot Pads. Do I Need To Use Them?
Coasters and placemats are recommended. Our hardwax oil finish is extremely water resistant, but not waterproof.
We have had no issues with swelling from customers who prefer to not use coasters, but the manufacturer of the finish does recommend it.
Placements can be used to also protect the top. Although not required, they can help you avoid minor scratches.
If you plan on putting a hot pot or pan on the table, we highly recommend using a hot pad to avoid damage.
Questions About Caring For Your Table?
If you have questions about caring for your live edge table, we can help. Please be sure to ask us any questions you may have prior to ordering your table.
If you’ve already purchased your table, simply contact us online to ask any maintenance questions you have. Please note that the tips in this guide are specifically for the finishes we use and may or may not be recommended for a table purchased elsewhere. Maintenance varies based on location, the finish used, and more.
Nolan is the Marketing Manager for Lancaster Live Edge. When he isn’t working on our marketing initiatives, he’s in the shop building tables and furniture with the team. Prior to working with Lancaster Live Edge, he worked for a digital marketing agency for nearly 4 years. His family owns a custom building company and he’s helped build everything from custom furniture to home additions. Nolan has been woodworking for nearly 20 years.
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