• No matter how tough these tables are, they are made from wood, and any table made from wood can be scratched or burned or dented.  When in use, we recommend using trivets, placemats, and tablecloths to protect the top from plates, hot pans, dishes, etc.
  • Darker finishes will show scratches more readily.  This is not considered a manufacturing defect.
  • Clean the table by using a slightly damp sponge or cloth - use a mild dish soap or detergent if desired - then dry with a soft towel or cloth. Try to wipe up spills quickly so cleaning is easy.  Never use abrasive cleaners or sponges.
  • Never let candle wax drip on the table - it will discolor the finish.
  • Be aware that humidity and climate will affect your wood furniture.  Wood exchanges moisture with the air, expanding and contracting as humidity levels fluctuate.  This movement can sometimes cause periodic gapping at the rule joints {the areas where leafs are inserted into the table top}.  Such temporary gapping is a natural characteristic of solid wood and is not considered a manufacturing defect.
  • Placing your table near heating vents, fireplaces, or wood stoves can damage your furniture because of the extreme changes in temperature and moisture.
  • Wood does have a tendency to darken and age over time - this will be especially noticeable on lighter finishes.
  • Avoid direct sunlight - ultraviolet rays will change the color of the wood over time.  And if your table is in a sunny area, never leave an object on your table for an extended period of time - you could very well find that the area underneath the object is a different color than the rest of the table!  We also recommend periodically putting your leaves into the table allowing them to age naturally to match the color of the rest of the table.