Table After Care

Environment – Extreme room temperature and humidity changes can cause havoc to natural wood products as it causes the fibres to shrink or well which can lead to cracking and distortion. Please make sure you situate your table in a sensible location away from the extremities and direct sunlight.

Cleaning – Use a soft, clean cloth such as a microfibre cloth to clean your table, excessive use of cleaning products may cause discoloration to the natural wood tones. It is recommended to clean your table with non-alkaline cleaning products and to dry immediately as to not leave liquids sitting on the surface for long periods of time.

Surface Protection – Avoid setting hot pans, dishes or cups/mugs directly on the surface as they can leave rings or burns on the surface which are very hard to get rid of without resurfacing the table. It is recommended to keep your table out of direct sunlight as UV rays cause discoloration to wood (this is why exterior wood greys and requires constant protection). Table runners, mats and coasters will help to prolong the life of your table.

Metals and Tannins – Please note that wood is susceptible to corrosion from ferrous metals and iron in particular. Some species such as Oak and Chestnut are very prone to it. This is where the ferrous metal reacts with the tannins in the wood and can cause staining which is typically blue or black. Please be careful placing ferrous metals on your table for long periods of time especially if they are wet!

Repair – Preventing damage is the best remedy for your table. Wipe up spills and as soon as they occur. If you do require surface repair, it is recommended to seek advice from a professional before continuing.


At Riverwood Furniture we use a range of finishes to suit our customers needs. Depending on which finish you chose will determine what type of maintenance you may need to do.


We recommend a maintenance cycle of 12-24 months.




Danish Oil

Rubio Monocoat 2 Plus C

Polyurethane Lacquer

Tung Oil

Various Stains

Melamine Lacquer

Mineral Oil

Acrylic Varnish

Acrylic Lacquer

Osmo Polyx

Polyurethane Varnish


Linseed Oil



Odie’s Oil



(Please note if you requested a special finish that we do not usually offer it may not be listed here)


Oils are the easiest of maintenance, just make sure your table is clean with soap and water and leave to dry. After the table has dried you can now apply your oil thoroughly to the surface of the table with a lint-free rag. After 20 minutes buff any excess residue from the surface and leave overnight to dry before placing any items on the surface. Please note you will require to use the same product for application.


Rubio Monocoat offer an aftercare kit for their Monocoat 2 Plus C called “RUBIO MONOCOAT EASY CARE KIT” which is brilliant for varnished woods. Please contact us for more information or if you are unable to locate it.


Lacquers and epoxies will require a light sand and professional administration to reapply, it is not recommended to try this yourself. However, lacquers and epoxies are a very durable and long-lasting finish which does not require the same levels of maintenance as other products.

Still Unsure?

If you are unsure on after care or maintenance, please contact us on one of our various contact methods for further advice and we will be happy to assist you!