How to Clean Pine Tables

Written by kimbry parker
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How to Clean Pine Tables
Clean your pine table often to maintain the beauty of the wood. (Thomas Northcut/Lifesize/Getty Images)

Pine -- a naturally soft wood -- is commonly used to make furniture, and particularly, tables. A pine table adds charm and beauty to any room of the home. Whether you have a pine dining-room table, pine end tables in your living room or pine night stands in your bedroom, they get dirty and require cleaning. Clean your pine tables properly to ensure they remain beautiful for many years to come.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Soft cloths
  • Mild dish soap

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  1. 1

    Dampen a soft cloth with water. Wring until it is just slightly moist.

  2. 2

    Wipe down the pine table with the damp cloth. Avoid applying too much moisture to the table, as this can cause stains and warping.

  3. 3

    Rinse the cloth and add two drops mild dish soap. Scrub any stains or hard-to-clean spots on the table. Dampen a fresh soft cloth, and then wipe the table with the cloth to rinse.

  4. 4

    Dry the table promptly with a fresh soft cloth.

Tips and warnings

  • Another way to clean pine tables is to mix ¼ cup olive oil and 1/8 cup lemon juice. Rub a thin coat of the solution onto the table with a soft cloth. Buff the table with a fresh soft cloth promptly.
  • If the pine table has wax or soil build-up, mix 1 gallon hot water, 2 tbsp gum turpentine and 4 tbsp boiled linseed oil. Dampen a soft cloth with the mixture and scrub the table. Buff with a fresh soft cloth promptly. This replaces the oils in the wood, while getting rid of build-up.

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