Protecting Your Live Edge Outdoor Dining Table

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Protecting your live edge outdoor dining table is essential to ensure its longevity and maintain its natural beauty. Here are some practical ideas to help you protect your table

  • Sealing and Finishing:
    • Apply a high-quality outdoor wood sealant or finish that is specifically designed for outdoor use. This will help protect the wood from moisture, UV rays, and other outdoor elements.
    • Make sure to choose a product that is water-resistant, UV-resistant, and offers protection against mildew and fungal growth.
  • Regular Cleaning:
    • Clean your table regularly with a mild soap and water solution to remove dirt, debris, and stains.
    • Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners that could damage the wood or finish.
  • Cover or Shelter:
    • Consider using a weather-resistant cover when the table is not in use. This will provide an extra layer of protection against rain, snow, and direct sunlight.
    • If possible, store the table indoors during harsh weather conditions, such as winter months.
  • Coasters and Placemats:
    • Encourage the use of coasters and placemats to prevent direct contact between hot dishes, beverages, and the table’s surface.
    • This will prevent heat marks and moisture rings from forming on the wood.
  • Avoid Sharp Objects:
    • Be cautious when placing sharp objects directly on the table’s surface, as they can scratch or dent the wood.
    • Consider using cutting boards or mats for food preparation.
  • Regular Maintenance:
    • Periodically inspect the table for any signs of wear, cracking, or damage to the finish.
    • Touch up any areas that show signs of wear with the appropriate sealant or finish.
  • Elevate the Table:
    • If possible, use furniture glides or rubber feet to elevate the table slightly off the ground. This helps prevent moisture from being trapped underneath the table.
  • Rotate and Move:
    • Rotate the table occasionally to ensure even exposure to sunlight and weathering.
    • Moving the table slightly can also prevent one area from experiencing excessive wear and fading.
  • Trim Vegetation:
    • If your table is placed near plants or trees, make sure to trim back any branches or foliage that could come into contact with the table and cause damage.
  • Refinishing:
    • Over time, the outdoor elements may wear down the protective finish. Consider refinishing the table every couple of years to maintain its appearance and protection.

Remember that while these ideas can help protect your live edge outdoor dining table, some natural weathering and aging may still occur over time. Regular maintenance and care will go a long way in extending the life and beauty of your table.

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