Choose a wood soap that's oil-based to thoroughly clean the table. If your wood tables have been stored for any length of time, you may need to wash it with an oil-based cleanser several times to remove the accumulated grime.
Scrub the wood oil soap with a cotton cloth like a cloth diaper.
Fill any dents or scratches using shoe polish that's similar in color to the finish on your wood tables.
Polish your wood tables frequently with a polish made from lemon oil. For most wood tables, you can polish weekly; for tables that see high use, like dining tables and coffee tables, you'll need to polish more often.
Hire a professional to buff and polish your wood tables annually.
- Make your own wood soap by diluting hand soap with water.
- Create your own furniture polish by mixing 3 parts olive oil to 1 part lemon oil. Apply an even coat to your wood tables.