It is very soft wood that soaks up any liquids that happen to fall on it… which is plenty with 4 kids. I have decided to apply an oil to try and protect it. As of right now, it doesn’t look quite even. I have a few more coats to put on so hopefully this stuff blends better than it appears right now. What is the worst that could happen though, really? I would have to use tablecloths all the time? I already do that now… hence the reason to try to add this protection. Wish me luck!