There are many advantages to creating reclaimed wood furniture or to purchasing these pieces, one
being that they are unique and original and can create a very personal look in your home. Another great
advantage is that they are environmentally friendly since you don’t need to use virgin or fresh wood for
While these pieces can be stunning and unique, they may also need a bit more maintenance and tender
loving care to keep their look. Consider a few quick tips to keep your reclaimed or recycled wood pieces
looking their best.
1. Keep them moist.
Too much moisture can cause wood rot, but when wood pieces are too dry they can crack and be more
prone to chips and nicks. Reclaimed or recycled wood has already spent years being air-dried so it may
be drier than other pieces. During wintertime it’s good to have a humidifier near your reclaimed wood
furniture or ensure that your home and space are comfortably moist. Even a cup of water under or
behind the piece can help to keep it as moist as possible and in turn, looking its best.
2. Use the right finisher or cleanser.
Older wood pieces will typically have more cracks and be more porous than new furniture, so using
furniture polish is typically not recommended. It can settle into these small cracks and pores and allow
dust to build up. A good dry wax is recommended, or you might use a small paintbrush to clean your
pieces as this will get all the crumbs and dust out of those cracks and leave a shiny finish.
3. Gently clean up marks and stains.
Natural wood of any sort will need a bit more delicacy when it comes to cleaning up marks and stains.
For water marks and rings, use a non-gel toothpaste and gently swirl it around the stain with a soft
cloth. Baking soda can be gently sprinkled over red wine stains to bleach them out without damaging
your reclaimed wood furniture. Table salt can be used on grease and oil stains as the salt will absorb the
grease or oil without hurting the wood.
It’s also recommended that the table be cleaned regularly with a mixture of water and white vinegar.
This will keep the table polished but won’t add residue or buildup, and will leave a soft finish on your