Reclaimed wood is all the rage right now in everything from flooring to furniture. It’s eco-friendly because it’s reusing wood that comes from places like barns and railroads, and it looks good, too. But reclaimed can also harbor dangerous insects. To make sure your new reclaimed wood table is safe to bring inside, ask if it’s been heat-treated. This is an alternative to chemically treating the wood; it uses high heat to kill off bugs. You can also look for a small “HT” mark on the product, which indicates that the wood has been heat-treated.
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