Caring For a Pine Coffee Table

Pine coffee tables can be a fine addition to your living room making it look that much better. That is of course if it blends together with the rest of the furniture in the room and colors of the walls. However, since it is such a valued piece of furniture that you would ideally want to keep for the next several years, it is important to take the necessary steps to maintain the wood in pristine condition.

Firstly, it is important to take note that pine wood changes shape when exposed to varying temperature and humidity. So to prevent unnecessary warping of your pine coffee table, don’t put heaters near it or place very hot items (e.g. a bowl that came straight out of the oven) directly on the surface. I’ve seen the damage done first hand – My friend frequently just puts his pot of instant noodles directly on his coffee table. One day, while I was over at his place, I pointed out to him that the surface of his table was looking right. Let me just say that he wasn’t impressed at all, instead he was upset at himself after the amount of money he spent on it. If you want to place such drinks and food on the table, you should use place mats and coasters.

Also, if pine is exposed to direct sunlight for prolonged periods, the wood can lose its original color and even cause cracks in the surface. Therefore it’s best to avoid this altogether if at all possible.

Finally, I would regularly (maybe once a week) wipe down you table, ridding it of any dust that has collected and any small crumbs from food left over. Please note that you should clean any food bits and spills from drinks immediately after it has happened anyway. Well, I think you should do this regardless of whether it’s pine or some other material like a square glass coffee table.

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