How to Care for Your Tabletops

June 01, 2021

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Nothing rivals the satisfaction of purchasing a superb desk, let alone a standing desk. You are convinced that it will increase your performance and make your job more enjoyable. Your tabletop comes in various forms, colors, and sizes, and cleaning procedures vary based on the material the top is composed of. Taking care of the surface, on the other hand, is no easy task. You must put forth some effort to keep the beauty. This is when our desktop care advice comes in handy. Nobody wants to spend money on a standing desk that will only last a few months. To ensure that your standing desk lasts as long as possible, you'll need specific guidelines and skills to keep it in tip-top shape.

LAMINATE

Layers of synthetic materials are layered to create laminate. The finished product has the appearance of wood but is much lighter. Despite being less expensive than natural hardwood and wood veneer, laminate has a glossy aspect and is noted for its toughness. Although it is not genuine wood, it may be sanded and painted. These pieces of furniture are straightforward to maintain, making them ideal for kid's furnishings. Laminate is a cost-effective alternative to expensive wood and wood veneer and is simple to clean and keep in good condition. It's scratch and stain resistant, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't clean and care for it.

Cleaning and maintenance tips:

● Use placemats to protect the laminate tabletop from heat. Pick up objects rather than dragging them to prevent scratching the surface.

● If a laminate desk is exposed to direct sunlight, its exquisite color may fade. Keep yours away from sunlight or cover it with blinds.

● Avoid using powerful bleaches since they will discolor and ruin your laminated tabletop.

● Dip a clean, delicate cloth in a solution of warm water and dish soap (equal parts). To eliminate debris, clean along its grain. To remove the remaining water or moisture, dry the desk with a dry cloth. Light soap and warm water will remove tough dirt.

● Stains from coffee and tea can be a headache. Use a gentle brush soaked in a mild, diluted soap to eliminate them. You might also make a paste out of hot water and baking soda (1 cup and one teaspoon, respectively). Use a soft bristle brush to rub the stains off the surface carefully, then dry it.

● Laminate should be cleaned with a light soap that is free of bleach and acid. When cleaning it, avoid using metal or synthetic fibers that may ruin the surface.

● You can also clean your laminate desk using a solution of vinegar, water, and liquid soap. Combine 1 cup of warm water, three drops of detergent, and one tablespoon of vinegar in a mixing bowl.

● Because laminate is non-porous, liquids settle on its surface. When wiping your desk, don't use too much soap or laminate solution.

Example(s) of laminate tabletop:

● Seiffen Laminated Spliced L-shaped Standing Desk

● Adjustable Standing Desk Pro Series (curved desktop)

GLASS

Glass desktops complement almost any style of furniture and accessories in the room. You can explore with décor because the glass will go with anything you like. They are sleek and create the illusion of space that a clear glass top gives, making a room appear light and spacious. Glass is beautiful and delicate. You must handle it with caution to avoid damaging it and injuring yourself in the process. Tempered glass is the best glass material since it is fortified to prevent breaking and thus efficiently prevents mishaps. 

Cleaning and maintenance tips:

● Avoid using abrasive chemicals or products that can damage the glass. Glass is a highly delicate material that readily reveals mistreatment from substances and mishandling.

● You should take caution not when moving your glass work desk but also when using it. When you place anything on the desk, do so lightly to avoid cracks.

● To preserve the glass top from scratching, avoid placing sharp objects on it. Use a pad on your glass desk in the same way that you would use coasters and placemats on a glass table.

● Wipe any dust and spills which are not adsorbed on the surface with a microfiber cloth. Spray the table surface with warm water to remove any traces. Wipe the surface with a soft, dry microfiber towel.

● One of the desk upkeep techniques passed down through the ages is to use crumpled newspapers. After washing your glass tabletop with soap, water, and vinegar, use a newspaper to eliminate any lint and shine it up. You can use gloves to keep your hands from the ink. Surprisingly, even if the ink is stained to your hands, it is never transferred to your glass tabletop. If you don't want to use crumpled newspapers, a dry microfiber cloth will work.

● When wiping a glass desk, one maintenance recommendation is to use distilled water. Distilled water is mineral-free and will leave your glass desk in pristine condition.

● Soap tends to leave streaks. If you must use soap to clean your glass desk, do it minimally. You can use a microfiber cloth to buff your glass desk for more brilliance.

● Soap tends to leave streaks. If you must use soap to clean your glass desk, use it lightly. You can use a microfiber cloth to polish your glass desk for an added sparkle.

● If you use a commercial glass cleaning solution on your glass desktop, separate the glass from the wood to prevent it from harsh chemicals.

● To achieve the most excellent results, clean both the inside and outside sides of your glass top desk. The majority of glass worktops can be disassembled. However, when handling the glass tabletop, especially when detached from its frame, use the utmost caution. You don't want to shatter or harm yourself as a result of it.

Example(s) of glass tabletop:

● Comhar All-in-One Standing Desk Glass Top

BAMBOO

Bamboo looks great in any household setting due to its intricate patterns and robust construction. Even though we think of bamboo as a trendy material, it is not a form of wood but rather a grass species. As a result, bamboo is typically more pliable than other furniture material and is a popular material for interior and exterior furniture. Unfortunately, it is readily harmed by moisture and dehydration. Bamboo rots or molds when it is exposed to water. When it is very dry, it loses its oils and loses its resilience. Bamboo is pricey, but the good news is that it does not demand much upkeep. You must, however, maintain it regularly.

Cleaning and maintenance tips:

● To clean your bamboo desk, use warm water and mild dishwashing soap (2 cups water and one teaspoon of soap). Clean the desk with a gentle cloth dipped in the solution. Afterward, dry the desk with a fresh, dry cloth. Allow the desk to dry naturally before applying oil to it. To keep the desk more pliable and resist cracking, use furniture oil or linseed oil.

● Avoid using any cleaning products that may leave traces. If you spill water or any other fluid on your bamboo tabletop, clean it up right away to prevent discoloration. Gaps can also be caused by dry heat. To avoid cracks, keep your workstation away from direct sunlight.

● Brush any debris off your desktop before wiping it with a sponge dipped in soapy water. At least every week, clean your bamboo desktop using a little dust brush.

● Avoid using detergents and instead, use ordinary soap and water.

● Polish your bamboo desk with linseed or furniture oil once monthly for a long-lasting gloss. The desk may split if the humidity in your workspace is too low. This is why it is critical to apply oil.

● When the bamboo desktop is wet, never sit on it since it will be ruined. 

● Use coasters and placemats to protect from heat and moisture.

● Lift objects when moving them to avoid scratching your bamboo tabletop.

Example(s) of bamboo tabletop:

● Kana Bamboo Standing Desk

SOLID WOOD

Solid wood desks are built of high-quality materials that need to be cleaned regularly to ensure their lifespan. When purchasing a solid wood desk, learn about the wood's cleaning requirements. This ensures that you clean it thoroughly not to lose its luster and that your desk will last. You may clean your solid wood desktop by dusting, wiping, waxing, or polishing it. 

If your solid wood desk has been cleaned frequently, the polish may have gotten cloudy, and it may have lost its original luster. To keep your wooden desktop in good shape, you must clean it without ruining the finish.

Cleaning and maintenance tips:

● Get rid of any dust. To thoroughly clean, make a solution of warm water and mild soap (2 cups water and ⅟2 teaspoon soap). Wipe your solid wood desktop with a soft cloth, then dry it with a dry one. If your desk still appears unclean, softly buff the finish with steel wool. Apply a cleaning agent to the steel wool that will eliminate both the water and oil-based deposits.

● Make a weak solution of warm water and dish soap for routine cleaning. Dip a cloth in the soapy mixture, squeeze it out, and wipe down the desk. Pouring water on the wood tabletop may cause it to rot. Before wiping the desk, rinse and wring out the towel thoroughly.

● Use high-quality paste wax to preserve its gleaming surface. For the best results, use a thin paste. After five minutes, lightly rub it in with a soft cloth to bring out the gloss. One hour after applying the wax, rub the wood more firmly for a longer-lasting brilliance.

● If you find a white ring left by a cup, you can erase it with a mixture of equal portions of olive oil and vinegar or non-gel toothpaste and baking soda and rub it lightly with your finger or a cloth. Rinse the toothpaste with a moist cloth and completely dry the surface.

● You can also use moderate heat on a clothes iron to remove stubborn stains. Place a soft cloth over the spot, press it, and slide it around frequently. Keep an eye on the iron to make sure it doesn't scorch the fabric or ruin the wood.

● Put tea bags in scalding allow the water to cool to room temperature to erase decades of gunk that must be removed to let its fine looks shine through. Squeeze a soft towel in your tea solution until it is moist. Wipe the wood with the cloth. The tannic acid present in tea will enhance the brilliance of the wood.

● If your desk has a smell, air it out and keep it out of direct sunlight. Talcum powder absorbs any unpleasant odors as well.

● To remove ink stains, prepare a baking soda and water solution. One tablespoon of each will make a thin paste. Apply it to the affected area and lightly rub with a soft cloth until the spot is gone. Wipe the area down with a fresh, moist cloth and pat it dry.

● After thoroughly cleaning your solid wood desktop, add a wood finish to bring out the sheen and protect the surface. You can make a simple polish with commercially available lemon oil or a mixture of 1 cup olive oil and 1/4 cup white vinegar. Wipe the wood down with a soft cloth of your chosen solution. Lightly rub it till it gleams.

Example(s) of solid wood tabletop:

● Willow Solid Wood Standing Desk

You will get the most out of your standing desk if you keep it clean and well-maintained, as it is the most vital aspect of your workspace.

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