It basically depends on the intensity of the dirt as well as the kind of finish it has on how to clean wood tables.
If the tables are stained wood or natural, it will require more work to care for them compare to the ones with polyurethane coating, which is already sealed. But the common denominator here is the importance of cleaning wood tables no matter what is the finish it has.
· If your wood tables just have a little amount of dust then you may need to clean them with a clean cloth.
· If you wish to shine your wood tables, then it would be nice to use commercial furniture polish to shine it effectively.
You can use a spray wax and gently smog the surface of the table. Leave it for small minute then softly wipe it with paper towel. Basically, the wax will draw the light dust and dirt.
· If the table is extremely dirty then you will need to use mild wood soap. You need to mix the soap in one gallon of water. Simply scrub the top of the table using soft nylon brush. But always remember to be cautious when brushing because too stiff brushing may scratch the surface of the table. Scrubbing added with soap can simply eliminate the dirt and clean the wood table.
· Non-sealed tables need extra steps when cleaning. You will want to use oil for the wood. One of the best choices is lemon oil. It will definitely guard the table from the water rings and leave great and fresh scent. Make sure that the oil does not alter the color of the wood earlier than applying it. In order to do this, try to apply a small amount of oil on the hidden side of the table and see if there is changes in color, if there’s not continue with the oiling.
· When using lemon oil, make sure to wear gloves, it would be best to apply the oil until the oil will not suck up oils. After that, wipe the surface of the table using paper towels to attract wet spots. Leave the table for few hours and if it is oily just wait.
Cleaning wood tables is very important because you need to maintain and preserve it, so that you can be able to use it for the next decades.