How to Protect Wood Veneer Desks and Tables

If you plan to use your veneer desk or table for years, you’ll want to know how to keep that beautiful finish looking its best even after daily use. Make a habit of performing these regular maintenance tasks, and you’ll thank yourself for it in the long run.

Use Desk Pads and Coasters

Writing on a piece of paper directly over your veneer conference table or desk can irreparably damage the beautiful surface. Instead, try using a desk pad, and provide employees with desk pads around your conference table. Be careful not to use desk pads with a plastic backing, as these can cause scratches. However, leather and fabric desk pads are soft enough to protect your veneer. In addition to writing over a protective surface, you should also keep coasters within reach to prevent water and heat damage caused by beverages.

Keep Your Desk or Table out of Direct Sunlight

Sunlight can damage veneer over time, so do your best to keep your desk or table out of its reach. If the desk or table has to be under direct sunlight, you may want to rearrange items on top of it occasionally to ensure the entire surface is exposed to an even amount of sun over time.

Add a Glass Top

If you want to keep the veneer looking new, purchase a custom glass top. This option is a great alternative to needing desk pads and coasters. If you decide to go this route, use felt or silicone bumpers in the corners between the glass and veneer so that the glass isn’t directly on the wood.

Clean Your Desk or Table Regularly

Don’t wait until your table is already damaged before giving it a good wipe-down. Take the time to clean your veneer often, and consult the manufacturer of your furniture for specific cleaning instructions. For general cleaning, use a soft, lint-free cloth. You can use a dry cloth or dampen it in a mild soap and water mixture. Avoid using aerosol cleaners, polishes, or oil-based or wax cleaners.


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