How to Clean Wax Buildup on a Dining Room Table

Waxing your dining-room table on a regular basis keeps it looking its best.

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Over time, wax can build up and dull your table's finish. Trying to apply more wax will just make the situation worse. The excess wax needs to be removed from your dining-room table. Removing the buildup will allow your waxing product to once again work and bring your table to its intended shine.

Wipe down your dining-room table to clean it of all dirt and debris that is resting on the surface.

Open your windows if possible. You will be using mineral spirits, and want to work in a well-ventilated area. Put on gloves.

Dampen your cloth with a generous amount of mineral spirits. Rub in the mineral spirits along the grain of the table to remove the wax buildup. Allow the mineral spirits to dry.

Buff the table with a dry, lint-free cloth to remove any residue. Touch up with more odorless mineral spirits if needed.

Apply a paste wax to your dining-room table with a lint-free cloth, in a circular motion. Paste wax will hide any small scratches and works to repel dust. Wait 15 minutes, then use another cloth to buff the top of your dining-room table to a high shine.

Things You Will Need

  • Odorless mineral spirits
  • Gloves
  • Cloths
  • Furniture wax


  • Dust the tabletop weekly with a cotton cloth. Always use coasters and trivets for drinks and heated items. Beeswax products applied twice a year can be rebuffed monthly to a finish that looks as if you just waxed.


  • Do not wax your tabletop more than twice a year. Do not use a spray wax that contains silicone.

About the Author

Robin Neorr has been working as a full-time freelance writer since 2007. She has written for various websites including The Frisky. Before she started her writing career, she spent 10 years in media marketing. She has a bachelor's degree in communications and a master's degree in communications management from John Carroll University.