How to Remove Old Furniture Polish From Coffee Tables

Updated February 21, 2017

While furniture polish is designed to make your furniture shine, you can overdo it. Too much furniture polish can produce the opposite of the desired effect leaving your furniture looking dull and lifeless. If you've got a little carried away with your cleaning spree and now there's a noticeable build-up on your coffee tables you may wonder what can possibly be done to fix this. Fortunately, however, the process of removing the build-up is easy.

Mix a cup of white vinegar with a cup of water.

Dip a clean cloth into the solution and wring it out well.

Wipe the table with the cloth, wiping in the direction of the grain, not against it.

Continue to wipe, adding more of the solution as needed until all of the build-up is gone.

Use a clean dry cloth to wipe the table dry of any excess moisture.


Once the table is dry you can add a light coat of polish to restore the shine. Be sure to read and follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully to avoid further build-up.

Things You'll Need

  • Clean cloth
  • White vinegar
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