How to clean wood veneer kitchen tables

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How to clean wood veneer kitchen tables
Wood veneer kitchen tabletops are made to look like solid pieces of wood. (Modern kitchen image by MAXFX from

Wood veneer is made by gluing thin slices of wood onto the top of core panels, to give the appearance that the item is made of real wood, when actually only the surface is. Wood veneer is used to make furniture, such as entertainment centres, dressers, bed frames, night stands and kitchen tables. The surface of wood veneer should be cared and treated for the same as wood. Wood veneer kitchen tables should be cleaned as needed. Spills should be cleaned up right away to avoid stains and warping.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Soft cloth
  • Liquid hand soap or wood-cleaning product
  • Lemon oil
  • Olive oil or furniture polish

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  1. 1

    Wipe off the tabletop with a damp cloth to remove food, spills or dust.

  2. 2

    Mix warm water and a squirt of liquid hand soap in a small bowl. Dip a soft cloth into the mixture. Rub onto the table to clean. Or use a wood cleaning product, following the manufacturer's instructions for spraying or rubbing into the table and the amount of product to use.

  3. 3

    Dampen a soft cloth in cool water. Rub on the table to remove any leftover soap residue.

  4. 4

    Combine one part lemon oil to three parts olive oil in a bowl. Dip a soft cloth into the mixture and rub into the table in a circular motion. Continue until the table is polished. Alternatively, use a wood furniture polish, following the manufacturer's directions.

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