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Whether you bought a table or received a gift of custom woodwork, you now possess a one-of-a-kind Ronald Lohse original. Everything I make is finished with products that are best suited to the intended use and to protecting the wood for as long as possible.

Below you will find information on how to care for your wood product. Generally, the information is organized for indoor residential tables, outdoor tables, bar/restaurant tables, and housewares such as cutting boards and charcuterie boards.

Indoor Residential Tables

Indoor tables are finished for water protection and easy cleaning. These tables can be wiped down with a damp rag, cleaned regular household kitchen spray, or washed with soap and water. The finish Rubio Monocoat which is an oil and wax product that adds a curing agent to create a waterproof barrier. Additionally, tables get a ceramic coating (much like detailing a car) that adds durability, scratch resistance, and a bit of sheen.

I do not recommend using petroleum products for cleaning these tables. Mineral spirits, paint or lacquer thinner can damage the finish. Also, do not use denatured alcohol or acetone for the same reason.

Because the finish is oil and wax, do not put hot items directly on the table. This can damage the finish and require a repair that exceeds regular maintenance.

If you need to repair the finish on a table, simply give the whole surface a thorough cleaning and apply a coat of Rubio Monocoat Universal Maintenance Oil. Follow the directions on the bottle for specific application and use. In general, you will simply spread the oil over the table top, smooth/buff it by hand, then wipe off all the excess until the table feels dry. Plan to keep the table dust free for several hours and allow the oil to cure for a few days (you can use the table while it cures, just be gentle with it - no spills or scratches).

Outdoor Tables

Outdoor tables are finished for weather and UV protection and easy cleaning. These table can be washed with just about anything: soap and water, bleach solutions, vinegar, and any spray cleaner. The finish is an spar urethane that resists scratching, weather and UV damage.

I do not recommend using petroleum products for cleaning these tables. Mineral spirits, paint or lacquer thinner can damage the finish. Also, do not use denatured alcohol or acetone for the same reason.

If you need to repair the finish on a table, simply give the whole surface a light sanding with a 180 or 220 grit sandpaper and brush on a thin coat of spar urethane. Follow the directions on the can for specific application and use. In general, use it in a well ventilated area and plan to keep it dust free and curing for 72 hours.

Bar/Restaurant Tables

Commercial tables are built for high turnover and easy cleaning. These table can be washed with just about anything: soap and water, bleach solutions, vinegar, and any spray cleaner. The finish is an oil based polyurethane that resists scratching and UV damage.

I do not recommend using petroleum products for cleaning these tables. Mineral spirits, paint or lacquer thinner can damage the finish. Also, do not use denatured alcohol or acetone for the same reason.

If you need to repair the finish on a table, simply give the whole surface a light sanding with a 180 or 220 grit sandpaper and brush on a thin coat of oil based poly. Follow the directions on the can for specific application and use. In general, use it in a well ventilated area and plan to keep it dust free and curing for 72 hours.

Cutting/charcuterie Boards

My houseware products are finished with either Odie's Oil or Rubio Monocoat. Both of these are essentially oil and wax that penetrate the wood fibers and cure to create a moisture resistant barrier. After regular use, these boards can be hand washed with soap and water. Be sure to wet all sides and allow it to dry evenly; this will help prevent the wood from bending or warping. Most of the boards I make have feet to help with drying.

Do not put wood boards in the dishwasher. That may be fine one or twice, but the excessive heat and steam will break down the finish and ruin the board.

If, after extensive use, you notice the finish has stopped preventing moisture from getting to the wood, you can maintain the finish by re-applying Odie's Oil (available on Amazon), using butcher block oil (available at most big box hardware stores), or applying Rubio Monocoat Universal Maintenance Oil. Each of these will protect the wood and dramatically extend the useful life of your board.