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Expert Tips to Care & Maintain a Wooden Board Game Table

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In the world of board games, a custom wooden board game table from Genius in Sweden is a true gem. Its craftsmanship design creates the perfect stage for serious board gaming sessions with friends and family. But to ensure your board game table stands the test of time, proper care and maintenance are important. In this blog, we’ll share expert tips to preserve the appeal of your beloved table for years to come.

Genius Board Game Tables is dedicated to quality and detail, and this extends to the materials used in their creations. One standout feature is the use of Rubio Monocoat for the oil finish of their tables. This choice not only enhances the visual beauty of the table but also contributes to its longevity.

1 Understanding Oak Wood

1.1 Characteristics of Oak Wood

Genius uses almost only Oak wood. Oak is renowned for its durability and nice aesthetic appeal. With striking grain patterns and a range of warm tones, oak brings a sense of sophistication to any space. One of the remarkable features of oak is its tannin content. Tannins are natural compounds found in wood, and in oak, they contribute to its resistance to decay and pests. However, it’s important to note that tannin acid can react with metals, causing discoloration if not properly cared for.

1.2 Importance of Maintenance

Regular maintenance is the key to preserving the beauty of your oak board game table. Proper care not only maintains its appearance but also protects its oil finish and ensures the longevity of the table. By following these expert tips and guidelines, you can enjoy hours of board gaming without compromising the quality of your board game table.

2 Cleaning and Basic Care for your gaming table

2.1 First Use after Getting a Freshly Oiled Table

When you receive your new board game table with a fresh oil finish, it’s important to exercise a bit of patience. During the first week, it’s advisable not to use water for cleaning. This allows the oil to properly harden and set. Once this initial period has passed, you can start your regular cleaning routine using a lightly damp cloth.

2.2 Treat Drink Spills Immediately

While enjoying board games drink spills are bound to happen. It’s essential to address spills promptly, as they can potentially harm the wood’s finish. Over time, liquids can seep into the wood, leading to faint spots and discoloration. To prevent this, ensure that you quickly clean up spills. Additionally, remember to open up the table leaves and clean in between them to prevent liquids from accumulating and causing damage.

2.3 Caretaking for the Velvet

If your board game table features velvet components, such as the surface in your arena, proper care is essential to maintain their elegance. Gentle vacuuming with a duster is the preferred method to remove dust and debris without causing damage. And in the event of spills, swift action is crucial. Blot the spill with a clean, dry cloth to prevent staining. Before attempting any cleaning, test your chosen method on a small, inconspicuous area to ensure it doesn’t harm the velvet. Harsh chemicals like bleach should be avoided when cleaning velvet.

2.4 Gentle Cleaning Solutions

For everyday cleaning of the wood, we recommend using Rubio Monocoat Surface Care Soap. This specialized soap is formulated to effectively remove dirt and grime from treated surfaces without compromising the finish. Its water-free formula ensures that no excess moisture penetrates the wood.

By investing in proper surface care using Rubio Monocoat Surface Care Soap, you’re making a wise investment in the long-term. This practice not only extends the life of your table but also reduces the need for costly repairs.

3 Preventing Board Game Table Damage

3.1 Using Coasters and Mats

As you cherish moments spent around your board game table, it’s important to consider preventive measures for its long-term preservation. One simple yet highly effective practice is the use of coasters and mats. When enjoying drinks during gaming sessions, always make use of coasters for glasses. Off course the cupholders that you can mount on the side of the table have a important function. Not only does this practice help keep your gaming surface clean, but it also safeguards against scratches and stains that can harm the table’s finish.

An key part of maintenance is prevention. For instance, it’s advisable NEVER to place hot pans directly on the table without the protection of a coaster. Besides, exercise caution when dealing with drink glasses, cans and beer bottles. The rings left by these glasses can potentially penetrate the wood over time, leading to marks that could have been easily avoided.

3.2 Avoiding Direct Sunlight

While your oak board game table boasts a stunning appearance, extended exposure to direct sunlight can have poor effects on its beauty. The intense UV rays can cause the wood’s color to fade over time and lead to uneven discoloration. To prevent this, it’s wise to position your table away from direct sunlight. If your gaming area has windows, consider using curtains or blinds to filter or block out sunlight during peak hours.

Aside from direct sunlight, variations in temperature and humidity can influence the durability of your wooden table. It’s crucial not to place your table near heat sources like radiators or ovens. As these can potentially result in warping or excessive drying of the wood. Furthermore, high humidity levels can lead to unusual expansion or contraction of the wood. This could impact its joints. If your gaming arena features solid wood table leaves, there’s also the possibility of them becoming stuck and causing damage. Aim to uphold a steady and controlled environment for your table’s well-being.

By implementing these preventive measures, you’re taking good steps to protect your board game table from unnecessary wear and tear. The combination of careful use and mindful placement will contribute to the table’s long-lasting appeal.

4 Long-Term Care

4.1 Inspecting for Wear and Tear

To ensure the lasting beauty and functionality of your oak board game table, regular inspections are a must. By routinely examining the table’s surface, you can identify and address minor issues before they escalate. Early detection allows for well timed intervention and prevents small concerns from becoming major problems.

4.2 Black/Brown Marks

Sometimes accidents happen, and marks may appear on your table’s oak surface. If you’ve forgotten to use a coaster or if playful activities have left their mark, fear not. For those brown or black marks that might have found their way onto the oak, Rubio Monocoat Tannin Remover maybe your solution. This product effectively addresses these spots. BUT sometimes it can be too late.

Addressing minor scratches and dents is another part of long-term care. Consider using Rubio Monocoat products specifically designed for touch-ups and repairs. These products are formulated to seamlessly blend with the table’s finish, ensuring that imperfections are minimized and your table maintains its charm.

4.3 Buffing Up Your Board Game Table

Refreshing your table’s appearance is simpler than you might think. For a quick and easy rejuvenation, the Monocoat Refresh Spray can work wonders. If you’re aiming for a more comprehensive restoration, the Universal Maintenance Oil 2 Mix is a fantastic option. Remember, the exact products used on your table can be verified by consulting the board game table builder.

4.4 Help, My Board Game Table Is Damaged

In the event that your table experiences significant damage that goes beyond simple repairs, it’s time to seek professional help. For major repairs or refinishing needs, consulting with professionals ensures that your table is restored to its former glory by experts who specialize in wood craftsmanship.


In this guide, we’ve explored a range of expert tips for caring and maintaining your oak board game table from Genius. The craftsmanship that goes into creating each table deserves nothing less than consistent care and attention. By following these expert insights, you’re equipped to preserve the enduring charm and functionality of your beloved table for generations to come.

Ready to elevate your board gaming experience with the elegance of Genius’ oak board game tables? Discover more about Genius Board Game Tables on our website. Visit our product pages to explore the exquisite designs and features that make our tables truly exceptional. Your perfect gaming companion awaits.