Short answer, yes. Everything can be scratched and our tables are no exception. Depending on the finish and gloss levels, scratch visibility will vary. All of the tables we make are created with hardwoods, and generally are pretty tough to mark up with regular use, but using placemats, preventing utensil drops, and not dancing on the table will prevent 99% of deep scratches. The benefit of using a solid wood table is the ability to repair it, and make it look brand new for the duration of your table’s lifetime.
Oil finish differs from film-based finishes like urethane by penetrating the wood and forming a seal within the wood’s outer layer. The benefit is a natural look and feel, and decreased visibility of scratches. Depending on the frequency of use and, especially, the frequency of water exposure from cleaning, the finish might fade over the years. Periodcly re-oiling the table will bring back its luster and maintain its water and spill resistance. This needs to be done every 2 to 5 years depending on use. We recommend using Maintenance Oil from Rubio Monocoat (from the same company as the finish we use), which can be purchased from our online store or in person. The application takes a few minutes and is quite simple.
We recommend cleaning the table with a damp paper towel. Avoiding the use of any cleaner with harsh chemicals will prolong the finish of your table.
Urethane finish is an oil-based finish requiring very little care. We use this finish for commercial applications like restaurants or high-traffic office environments. Simple cleaning with a damp paper towel will be sufficient to keep your table looking new for many years to come.