How to clean a mahogany wood table

Updated February 21, 2017

Mahogany furniture has a long history dating back to 1597 and Sir Walter Raleigh, who returned to England from the West Indies using mahogany planks to repair his ship, according to Craftsman Style. After his return, the mahogany planks were constructed into furniture for the Queen, setting the wood above other fine timber. An expensive and rich wood, mahogany needs special care to prevent damage to the fine wood surface.

Wipe dust from the mahogany wood table with a damp cloth. Run the cloth over the sides of the table and up and down the table legs.

Place 1/2 tsp of furniture wax onto a damp cloth. Rub the wax slowly yet gently into the mahogany wood surface using circular motions, allowing the wood to absorb the wax. Apply additional wax to the cloth as needed as you apply it to the wood. Work the wax along the sides of the table and the table legs.

Wipe the mahogany table with a microfiber cloth after waxing the furniture, removing any left over wax.


Wax your mahogany table once a month to restore shine and leave a protective covering. Avoid placing glasses directly on the mahogany table as the condensation from the glass may leave white water marks. Use coasters to prevent stains. Avoid placing your mahogany table in direct sunlight as it may fade the wood.

Things You'll Need

  • Clean cloths
  • Furniture wax
  • Microfiber cloth
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