A wood dining room table is usually the centrepiece of a formal dining room. Depending on the family, a dining room table can take quite a bit of abuse. Between being a prime location for doing homework and family meals a wood dining room table will need the occasional cleaning to keep it looking nice. With proper care and a little effort, a wood dining room table can last for many generations.
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Things you need
- Soft clean cloth
- Wood conditioner
Dust the dining room table at least once a week to prevent the build-up of dust that may damage the wood over time. Use a soft clean cloth and a furniture polish such as Pledge to make it shine.
Apply a wood conditioner to a soft clean cloth and thoroughly wipe down the table. This should be done twice a year to keep your table looking at its best.
Clean up spills immediately. Use a damp clean cloth to remove anything that may cause a sticky residue.
Use a walnut or a nut that has a similar colour of the table to fill in scratches. Rub the nut horizontally across the scratch. Use iodine on a Q-Tip to darken it. It may take several coats of iodine to get the colours to match.
Rub mayonnaise onto a water mark and leave it overnight. In the morning, wipe away any excess and apply more if needed.
Tips and warnings
- Avoid the use of harsh chemicals and abrasives that may scratch the wood.