A big part of reclaimed lecterns wood furniture’s beauty is how it gives off a warmth and
evokes a lived-in feel to a room. In its life before becoming furniture, which may have been anything from the sides of a coal carriage to flooring, reclaimed wood inevitably comes with some knocks, and may have suffered a split or bump during its life.
This all works together to give the piece a unique look that only comes from time.
The scars of its previous life become beauty marks worn with pride.
This is also why furniture made from reclaimed wood is easy to take care of.
Many people believe that any new marks the furniture gets as it serves as the center of a home will only add to its charm. Crayon marks bestowed by toddlers and a ring of red wine from a night of celebration are just the next chapter of the furniture’s life being written on its surface. Why remove them?
However, if you prefer having a tabletop that only shows off its wood, here are a few tips to help keep your reclaimed wood looking great. Furniture made from reclaimed wood has a lived-in character that is unique. Tables often suffer from spills and rings from mugs or cups. Steaming drinks and hot mugs can also leave their mark. Other culprits include Bolognese sauce and curry.
Be quick and don’t let a potential stain settle into the wood. Clean the table using a damp cloth. A good set of coasters can also go a long way to protect your wood surface from rings.
Most furniture made from reclaimed wood is coated on the surface. Usually, it is varnish, wax, or oil that is used to nourish and protect the wood. It is worth your time to occasionally apply another layer to continue building up layers of protection. For example, make a paste from beeswax or lime and every few months apply this with fine steel wool, cloth, or a soft brush. Let it harden, then gently buff it to reveal a natural shine.
After being in service for many years, or if you are looking to change up how the wood looks, use a varnish or wax remover to take off any old finishes. Then you can sand the top using fine grade paper and apply a new finish.
Like many types of furniture, avoid placing furniture made from reclaimed wood in the path of direct sunlight or near your radiator. Newer central heating systems can also cause problems for any type of wood. So can humidity. In fact, some experts recommend keeping a container of water below antique wood pieces to allow them to “drink.” Room humidity should be kept between 50-55 percent.
BEisdes the occasional damp cloth to wipe up spills and prevent stains, an occasional light cleaning can help keep your furniture protected. Remove dirt and crumbs using a soft brush or duster.