How to Care For Your Resin Table
What is resin and why would you want to use it to make a resin table? In technical terms, resin is a class of prepolymers and polymers containing at least two epoxide groups. In less technical terms, epoxy resin is a very hard plastic that forms very strong bonds with materials like wood. This ability to strongly adhere and its overall durability are traits that make it great for adding to tables! Epoxies are typically clear, making them a great way to either show off the texture of wood pieces, specifically live edges in a table, or for adding color to the resin providing another layer to the overall design.
You’ve just made an investment in your home in the form of a custom wood and resin table. You took the time to research possible artisans to create it and worked with them to ensure it was exactly what you were looking for. It is a centerpiece and work of art that you get to see and use everyday; but how do you take care of it? How do you ensure it continues to look as good as the day you brought it home? See below for the do’s, don’ts, and the how to’s of owning a wood and resin table!
Resin Table Dos and Don’ts
Don’t leave your table in the sunlight for extended periods of time. No matter the type of resin used to create it the sun will degrade and yellow the resin over time.
Do bring your table inside once you are done using it if you do bring it outside. Also do your best to use some sort of cover if you do use it outside.
Don’t place hard or hot objects directly onto the table surface.
Do use hot pads and coasters as needed to protect the table from scratches and heat damage caused by those items.
Don’t use abrasive cleaners or scrubs on your table, this may dull the finish. No bleach, no alcohol, no cleaning wipes, etc.
Do use a soft sponge and gentle cleaner like a mild dish soap if you need to clean more than can be done with just a damp cloth.
Resin Table Maintenance
For surface maintenance, do use a small amount of low concentration acetone to smooth slight marks on the surface to keep it pristine. These marks are not scratches in that they do not penetrate the surface, they do however detract from the finished look and shine of the table. Don’t use more than a few drops at a time as the acetone does wear away the resin.
Do check the surface for deep scratches regularly, especially before cleaning. This is to prevent water from damaging below the surface of the resin if the scratch is through the top layer. If there is a deep scratch in the surface of your table, it can typically be repaired at home with a little two-part epoxy, some time, and a dull razor blade. Layering enough of the mixed epoxy to fill the scratch, letting it cure, and scraping away the excess with the razor blade.
If applicable, do check the hardware on your table regularly to ensure its safety. If any nuts or bolts are loosening, tighten them up so the table remains sturdy. This is a good rule of thumb for any load bearing furniture in your home that has bits of hardware that can loosen over time.
By following the above guidelines to care for your table you can ensure it remains a focal point of your home for years to come in the best condition possible. If you’re looking for a fabricator for a wood and resin table for your own home, feel free to reach out to us here (hyperlink) to see if we’re the best fit for you!