We’re spoilt for choice when it comes to timber coffee tables in Australia, the range of amazing timbers and finishes available is incredible.
Timber gives a coffee table a beautiful finish, which is probably why it’s been a favourite in the lounge room for decades. However as beautiful as it looks, there are considerations when bringing this the natural material into your home. Wood can be damaged by changes in temperature, light and moisture. Scratching and staining are also considerations. But, don’t let that stop you from having a gorgeous timber coffee table. The wonderful thing about timber coffee tables in Australia is that whilst they might be somewhat easy to damage, they are also very easy to care for, and rectify damage.
Below are some simple tips to keep your coffee table looking fantastic:
Dust Dust Dust
Dust may be minuscule, but it can still create tiny scratches which can dull your table’s appearance over time. Dust at least weekly.
Wash it off
If your coffee table starts to look a bit used, a wash will freshen it up.
Give the table a good wash, and then wipe it dry. A regular wash will keep your coffee table looking great.
Wax on, wax off
The best thing about wood is its refreshing, natural gloss. But with use, the finish dulls.
It’s best to polish your coffee table about twice a year.
Go nuts on scuffs and scratches
Wood is susceptible to dents and scratches. But that doesn’t mean you need to bubble-wrap it for its own protection.
The natural oils in fresh walnuts or Brazil nuts help darken wood.
Simply crack open a nut, rub its meat over the scratch (keeping with the grain), then buff the area with a clean cloth.
Keep it up until the scratch has blended with the rest of the wood.
Eliminate water rings
The best way to eliminate water rings is to prevent their creation – make sure there are plenty of coasters and trays available for your guests to balance their mugs and glasses on.
But if you have collected a few water rings, don’t worry. There are plenty of solutions to help you remove them. Speak to one of our experts about products available to help remove these.
Prevention is Key
Of course avoiding stains and scratches is the key for looking after your timber coffee table, follow these quick tips below to prevent potential damage:
- Keep coasters and trays handy
- Wipe up spills immediately with a paper towel or clean cloth. Check under objects for pooled water
- Don’t slide things across your coffee table surface
- Keep the table away from heating vents or radiators to prevent cracking and splitting
- Keep the table clear of direct sunlight (or rotate the table and table top items regularly)
We hope you enjoyed these tips for looking after timber coffee tables in Australia.