How to Clean Finished Wood Dining Room Tables

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How to Clean Finished Wood Dining Room Tables
Use mild soap to clean finished wood tables. (Victoria Wall/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Finished wood contains a layer of shellac, lacquer or varnish that protects the wood from damage and water. Dust and debris can build up on the finish, leading to a dull, dirty appearance. Dust your finished wood dining room tables before attempting to clean them to prevent the dust from scratching or dulling the finish. Most furniture polish contains oils that can break down or wear away the finish over time. Use a gentle, homemade solution to clean soils and restore the appearance of the dining room tables.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Vacuum with soft brush attachment
  • Mild soap flakes or shavings
  • Bucket
  • Soft cloths
  • Wood wax (optional)

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  1. 1

    Vacuum the dining room table with a soft brush attachment. Move brush along the table in the direction of the wood grain, and vacuum the table legs. This removes excess dust without reintroducing it into the air.

  2. 2

    Mix 1/4 cup mild soap flakes with 4 cups warm water in a bucket. Use a spoon to stir and dissolve the soap.

  3. 3

    Dip a soft cloth into the solution and wring it out thoroughly. Wipe the tables in the direction of the grain. Clean the legs and underneath the tables, if necessary. Rinse the cloth in the bucket, as needed.

  4. 4

    Dampen a clean cloth with water and wring it out. Wipe the tables with the cloth to remove any soap residue.

  5. 5

    Dry the tables in the direction of the grain with a soft, dry cloth.

  6. 6

    Apply a thin layer of high quality wood wax to the tables using a soft cloth, if desired. Buff the wax into the wood, and wipe away any excess with a clean cloth.

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