Your wooden dining room table and chairs are likely to dominate the dining room and therefore need to always be at their best shine. Therefore, when you get a dining room table that looks and feels sticky, dull, and blotchy or sporting a rough top, what you may have is a buildup of too much wax on the furniture. In the U.S. aerosol furniture polishes are the most popular wood polishes, with approximately 80 million units being sold each year. However, many of these contain either silicone, gum turps or petrochemicals and toluene, which give poor results to your polishing and may even be dangerous for your health.
However, since you may not be one of the DIY types to make your own wood polish, you may have been stuck with these options and now have a waxy build-up on your dining room tables and chairs. Here are some ways to address this and get back that natural sheen that will brighten up your dining area.
Use what you have
The removal of wax takes time but is more easily done now than it used to be before the development of lacquer finishes and U/V coatings. As a result, there are several ways that you can address the condition of your dining room table. The first is to use a vinegar and water solution to clean the wax from the table. You need to ensure that the table is clean first and then apply a solution of half-and-half white vinegar with water and wipe the furniture in the direction of the grain. Another way to approach this is with the use of black tea solution in a ratio of 3 times the strength made for drinking. This should be steeped for about 10 minutes, allowed to cool and then used to wipe the table in the direction of the wood grain.
The table should be thoroughly dried and then buffed, whichever one of these methods that you decide to try. Also remember that you should try the solution of a less conspicuous area of the table before using them on the whole table to see how well the wood will be able to manage the application.
While there are commercial cleaners available, you need to ensure that you choose one that is water-based rather than one containing solvents. These may be less time consuming than trying other wax removers. However, if you are the adventurous type you may opt to use such products as mineral spirit or paint thinner as a wax remover. If you do not already have these at home then you should be able to get them at any hardware or art store as they are also used as oil paint removers. As usual, remember to use on a test area before using it on the whole table.
A cheaper alternative to this thought is the use of Dove brand dish washing liquid, which can be applied to the table by rubbing in the soap. This should immediately be followed by using a dry towel to remove the residue and rub the table.
Finally, you need to be aware that some of these issues may be in relation to the age of the furniture and not necessarily the wax that has been used. So, if your dining room table is older than 25 years, you may need to consult a professional before trying any of these suggestions. Contact a business, such as Furniture Classics, for more information.