How to Remove Sticky Build Up on a Wood Table Top

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How to Remove Sticky Build Up on a Wood Table Top
Food spills are a common sticky stain on wood tables. (Thomas Northcut/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Wood tabletops can become sticky due to food spills and wax build up. Over time, these stains build up and form a tacky residue that can be difficult to remove. Regular soap and water can sometimes remove the stain, but if not you will need to try stronger, more abrasive cleansers. A diluted solution of household ammonia will remove most sticky build-up on a tabletop. To prevent further sticky build-up, avoid using unnecessary waxes and polishes.

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Things you need

  • Bowl
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1 tbsp liquid dish soap
  • Sponge
  • Clean cloth
  • Towel
  • Household ammonia

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  1. 1

    Mix two cups of warm water and one tbsp of liquid dish soap in a bowl. Agitate the water with a clean sponge.

  2. 2

    Wipe down the entire surface of the table with the soapy sponge. Scrub any sticky spots you encounter.

  3. 3

    Dampen a clean cloth with clean water and wipe the table down to rinse it. Wipe the table with a clean towel to dry. Run your hand over the table to feel for any leftover sticky spots.

  4. 4

    Rinse out the bowl and fill it with three parts water to one part household ammonia. Dip a clean cloth in the ammonia and scrub the remaining sticky spots until they dissolve.

  5. 5

    Rinse the cloth with clean water and wipe down the table to rinse off the ammonia. Then wipe with a clean towel to dry the table.

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