How to clean oak tables

Updated February 21, 2017

Oak tables are commonly found in dining and kitchen areas, with smaller end tables and coffee tables made of oak often in living rooms. Since oak is an elegant, expensive wood, it is important to properly clean and care for your oak table. Instead of chemical-based furniture polishes, use a homemade wood cleaner that's safe for any type of oak table.

Dust the oak regularly with a clean rag. Moisten the rag with a little water and wipe over stickier residue.

Make your cleaning solution in a jar with a lid. Combine either 3 parts olive oil with 1 part white vinegar, or 2 parts olive oil with 1 part lemon juice for a citrus-scented cleaner.

Dip a rag into the cleaner, wring out excess solution and wipe across the oak. Rub in the direction of the wood grain.

Continue rubbing in the solution until little or no residue is left behind. Allow to air dry.

Things You'll Need

  • Jar with lid
  • Vinegar
  • Olive oil
  • Lemon juice
  • Cleaning rags
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