How to Clean and Protect a Wooden Dining Table

Do you have a wooden kitchen table or dining room table? That’s nearly all of you! That was what we knew, so we asked! Wood is the most commonly used material for tables. It’s also very difficult to maintain. If it gets too much dust, it can cause damage to the wood’s finish. It could crack if it is too close to a radiator. You could end up looking at rings for eternity if you leave it in a glass of cold water.

This article will cover everything you need about protecting and cleaning your dining room or kitchen table.

Use a microfiber cloth to clean the table.

How to clean and protect your wood dining table

What you will need

  • 2 Microfiber cleaning cloths
  • Liquid dish soap
  • A small bowl


  1. Use a microfiber cloth to clean the table.
  2. Prepare and apply your cleaning solution. If you have any sticky spots, add a few drops of dish soap to warm water. Use a damp microfiber cloth to gently rub the area with the soapy water. To ensure that the soap is safe for your skin, you may test the soap on an unattended section.
  3. Dry the table. You don’t want the wood table to be wet, so dry it with a microfiber cloth.


  • Mineral spirits can be used if the sticky spots persist. You’ll want to try this out in a small, out-of-sight area. You’ll also want to ensure that the space/your workspace has good ventilation. Are you ready to go? Apply a small amount of mineral spirits to a damp cloth. Rub the area.
  • You can speak to an expert or watch YouTube videos about refinishing your table if it doesn’t seem to get clean enough.

Additional Tips for Cleaning and Protecting Wood Tables

1. Keep your wood table clean.

Although small particles of dust might seem harmless, enough can cause damage to the wood’s finish. You should dust your wood surfaces at least once a week with a soft, lint free cloth. This could be cheesecloth, a cotton diaper or an old cut-up t-shirt. Avoid special dust polishes as they can contain silicones which can penetrate the grain of wood and cause irreparable damage. Instead, lightly dampen your cloth with water or use microfiber cloths that will stick to dust particles.

2. To remove water rings from wooden tables, use vinegar or oil.

Watermark rings on your tabletop can be made from wet glasses. Mix equal parts vinegar with olive oil, then use a soft cloth to apply the oil to the ring. Move along the wood grain. Then, follow that up with a second clean, soft cloth.

3. Keep it out of the radiator.

A wood dining table should not be placed over a radiator or next to a heat source. Temperature swings can cause wood splitting or warping. You should also store extra leaves near the table. This will ensure that the leaf does not change in shape or size from the table. The temperature and moisture differential can cause the leaf to deteriorate if it is stored in an attic or basement.

4. Pay attention to the humidity levels

You should keep your humidity levels between 40 and 45 percent for all woodwork. This includes flooring, trim, dining tables, and other furniture. Lower humidity levels can crack wood, and higher humidity could lead to swelling. This means that you should run a humidifier in winter and an air conditioner or de-humidifier during summer.

5. Your wood table should shine.

As we have already mentioned, it is best to avoid silicone products. Instead, polish your nails with a hard, carnauba-wax. Two of the soft, lint-free cloths can be used again to polish and one to apply wax. Although it will require some elbow grease, this task is only needed about twice per year.

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