How to Clean a Wood Dining Room Table

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How to Clean a Wood Dining Room Table

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
  • Pledge
  • Wood conditioner
  • Q-tip
  • Walnut
  • Iodine
  • Mayonnaise

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  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    Clean up spills immediately. Use a damp clean cloth to remove anything that may cause a sticky residue.

  4. 4

    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.

  5. 5

    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.

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