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Home > How Do I Care for My New Conference Table? Your conference table will probably have surfaces that are either laminate or wood. Laminate is a layer of melamine, vinyl, or plastic made to look like wood or various colors and patterns. If the table is wood it will be a veneer or solid. Veneer is a thin layer of real wood.

How Do I Care for My New Conference Table? Your conference table will probably have surfaces that are either laminate or wood. Laminate is a layer of melamine, vinyl, or plastic made to look like wood or various colors and patterns. If the table is wood it will be a veneer or solid. Veneer is a thin layer of real wood.

Laminate furniture has a fairly rugged surface. Many laminates are resistant to scratches and hot and cold, but it's still a good idea to use coasters and pads under cups and other hot or cold items to protect the surface. Other than occasional dusting you'll need just a damp sponge or cloth for typical clean-up. Dry the surface completely in a straight direction parallel to the wood grain if you have a wood grain patterned laminate -- don't make swirling motions. A very mild soap can be added for more stubborn build-up. For difficult stains a low-abrasive cleaner can be used with caution, but only on non-glossy laminates. Be sure to use light pressure and to rinse the surface completely so that you do not permanently etch the surface or discolor it. Furniture polish will not penetrate into laminate, but it can still be used to hide fine scratches or enhance the look of the finish. However, it can leave streaks since it does not penetrate, so be sure to remove excess build-up. It's also common for laminates to show fingerprints when brand new since oils donít penetrate the surface, but that will be less common after the table is cleaned and dried a few times.

If you have a conference table with either solid wood or veneer surfaces you probably have a very nice quality table and want to be sure to protect your investment. Always use coasters and pads under cups, glasses, laptops, etc. Donít drag objects across the surface. Nearly any item can leave fine scratches if it is dragged across the surface. For particularly expensive conference tables it's advisable to cover the surface with a glass top so that the beauty of the wood shows through but is never in danger of scratches and stains. For general cleaning use a slightly damp cloth and wipe in the direction of the wood grain. Be sure to dry completely with a soft cloth, again moving only in the direction of the wood grain. If you use a furniture polish use a high quality brand and follow the instructions carefully. Cheaper polishes and cleaners can be waxy and build up over time, leaving the finish with a cloudy or milky look. Since wood is a natural product, direct sunlight can also cause fading. Wood color can also discolor underneath a large item that rests on the surface for a long period of time, much like you find under a rug on a wood floor that is exposed to sunlight.

Use these furniture care tips to keep your new conference table looking its best. As always, do not hesitate to call Modern Office at 1-800-443-5117 with any of your conference table care questions.

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