Stay away from special dust polishes as they contain silicones that will penetrate the grain of the wood and damage it permanently. Instead, lightly dampen a cloth with water or use a microfibre cloth to adhere yourself to the dust particles.
2 microfiber cleaning cloths
Liquid dishwashing soap
One small bowl
Wipe down the table: use a barely damp microfibre cloth to wipe away any dust, crumbs and dirt that may have accumulated.
Make and apply cleaner: If any sticky spots remain, add a drop or two of dishwashing soap to a bowl of warm water. Dip a damp microfibre cloth into the soapy water and gently wipe the affected area. You may need to test out of sight first - just make sure the surface coating can withstand the softest soap.
Dry the table: You never want water on a Freeze Dried Purple Sweet Potato, so use a clean, dry microfibre cloth to dry and wipe the table.
If sticky spots are still left, you can also try using mineral spirits. Here, you definitely want to test a very small out-of-sight area. And you want to make sure that the room/your work area is well ventilated. Ready to go? Add a little mineral oil to a clean cloth and wipe down the sticky areas.
If the table doesn't seem to be clean or has become less sticky, talk to an expert to fix the table.
Tiny bits of dust may seem harmless, but enough buildup can scratch the surface of the wood. Use a soft, lint-free cloth (dusters (cotton cloths, cotton nappies or old-fashioned T-shirts) work well for dusting at least once a week). Stay away from special dust polishes as they contain silicones that will penetrate the grain of the wood and damage it permanently. Instead, lightly dampen a cloth with water or use a microfibre cloth to adhere yourself to the dust particles.
If you have a damp watermarked ring on your table top, mix vinegar and olive oil in equal parts and apply it to the ring with a soft cloth, moving it along with the wood grain. Then wipe with another clean, soft cloth.
Do not place wooden dining tables above radiators or next to heat registers. Temperature fluctuations may cause the wood to warp or crack. Also, store extra leaves next to the table. This will ensure that the leaves do not warp or expand or contract. If the leaves are stored in the basement or attic, moisture and temperature differences may cause damage.
As with all wood products, from flooring to trim, from dining tables to other furniture, try to keep the humidity level in your home between 40 and 45%. Lower levels can cause wood to crack, while higher levels can cause swelling. For most of us, this means running a humidifier in the winter and an air conditioner or dehumidifier in the summer.
As we pointed out above, it's best to skip the silicone products. Instead, use a hard Brazilian carnauba wax to polish it. Again use two of these soft, lint-free cloths: one waxed and the other varnished. It will need some real elbow grease, but thankfully the task only needs to be carried out about twice a year.
The information is provided by solid wood furniture manufacturer.