Caring for Your Dining Room Table
Ensure your table looks its best when the doorbell rings—and after the guests have gone home!
Because it is naturally abrasive, dust is probably wood furniture’s biggest enemy, as it leaves microscopic scratches that dull a finish over time. Guardsman Revitalizing Wood Polishes clean and renew, leaving a rich, low-luster shine, but it’s also important to dust regularly—even when it’s not time to polish! Weekly dusting prevents the build-up of dust that can result in fine scratches when everyday objects come into contact with the surface. All smooth surfaces should be dusted regularly—furniture, cabinets, walls, floors, electronics, appliances, and even leather furniture. Guardsman’s Ultimate Dusting Cloth is specially treated to pick up and hold onto dust without the need for dusting sprays. Soft and 100% cotton, it’s washable and reusable—and leaves no lint or dust-attracting residue! For best results when dusting, always wipe in the direction of the wood grain.
Entertaining Can Be Tough on Wood Dining Furniture
Wood furniture isn’t just for admiring—it’s meant to be used for family and guests. But entertaining also means accidents—water rings from a glass, or heat marks from a hot dish or a pizza box—that can leave your furniture looking abused. When the unexpected happens, Guardsman’s reusable Water Ring and Mark Remover easily eliminates minor blemishes from many wood surfaces including white rings, and other marks and stains caused by water, heat, alcohol, cosmetics, and paint.
A few easy tips to keep your dining table looking great all year
Scratches—To avoid scratches, never slide anything (vases, plates, serving dishes, etc.) across a wood surface. Light surface nicks and scratches can be treated with Guardsman Liquid Scratch Cover or Wood Touch-Up Markers. Guardsman Wood Filler Sticks quickly repair scratches and blemishes that go beyond the surface and require filling and won’t shrink, dry out, discolor, or rub off, but deep scratches can be costly—even requiring professional restoration.
Liquids—Wipe up spills immediately, and check to be sure liquid hasn’t seeped under any objects, such as a vase, where it can “pool” and dry, causing damage to the finish.
Use linen or cotton tablecloths & placemats—Vinyl and plastic materials can damage some wood finishes or leave residues behind that build up on the surface of your furniture. Over time, these materials can make surfaces sticky and cause discoloration.
Centerpieces—Use cork or felt pads under decorative objects, and swap them out several times a year.
Caring For Your Kitchen Cabinets
Guardsman can help you care for your wood kitchen cabinets, furniture, and other wood surfaces in your home.
Try as we might, it seems like guests never want to leave the kitchen! And, for good reason—the kitchen is the heart of the home! You want your home looking its best as you welcome friends and family. But, do your cabinets look dull? Feel sticky? Do you notice smudge marks and fingerprints? Over time, built-up film from cooking oil, smoke, and even steam can detract from the beauty of the wood. Guardsman makes a full line of wood maintenance and repair products to keep your cabinets looking their best all year long.
For starters, give the cabinets a thorough cleaning to remove built-up dirt and grime. Guardsman Purifying Wood Cleaner is gentle, yet powerful enough to clean through many layers of ugly build-up. It cleans away fingerprints, food, and beverage stains, oily surface film—even silicone and wax build-up left by some furniture polishes (but never Guardsman polishes, which contain no silicone or waxes). And it does all this without the need for heavy scrubbing, which is important because excessive scrubbing and harsh cleaning agents can damage the gloss on even the toughest finish! Use Guardsman Purifying Wood Cleaner 6-12 times per year to keep heavily-used surfaces such as cabinets, drawer fronts, stair banisters, and even kitchen tables, looking fresh and feeling clean to the touch.
For best results, follow up with regular use of wax and silicone-free Guardsman Revitalizing Wood Polish–available in Woodland Fresh, Lemon Fresh, and UV Protection Formulas–for a rich, low luster shine that brings out wood’s natural beauty.