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How to Safely Clean Various Table Surfaces

Use the Right Products on Wood, Glass, and More

Tables, whether dining, coffee, or decorative, are at the heart of your home, brimming with life, memories, and —sometimes—a lot of smudges and spills. Properly cleaning these table surfaces is paramount for the appearance and longevity of these important fixtures.

With years of experience and a dedication to helping you maintain a clean space, Merry Maids has expertise in cleaning various surfaces. Our team of skilled professionals uses effective methods and products to ensure that every job is done to the highest standards of cleanliness and customer satisfaction.

Let’s walk through the art of cleaning different table surfaces. These methods are designed to not only clean but also protect and maintain the luster of your table.

Wooden Tables: A Timeless Elegance

To clean wooden tables, begin by dusting them with a microfiber cloth to avoid scratches. For deeper cleaning, dampen the cloth slightly with water or use a wood-specific or natural surface cleaner to wipe the surface gently. It’s important to avoid over-wetting the wood, as excessive moisture can dry out and damage the surface if it hasn’t been lacquered.

After cleaning, use a separate dry cloth to remove residual moisture. If you're dealing with tough stains, opt for a mild detergent diluted in water, but always test it on a small area first.

5 Steps to Refinishing a Wood Table

If you want to go the extra mile, refinishing a wood table can breathe new life into it, making an old piece look fresh and new.

Follow the five steps below to refinish a wooden table:

  1. Preparing: Remove any objects from the table. Clean the surface with a mild cleaner to remove dust and grime. Lay down a drop cloth under the table to protect the floor.
  2. Sanding: Use fine-grit sandpaper to sand the table surface gently. Move in the direction of the wood grain to avoid scratches. This process removes the old finish and smooths out imperfections. Remember to wear a protective mask.
  3. Cleaning: After sanding, wipe down the table with a tack cloth to remove all the dust. You want a clean, smooth surface before applying the new finish.
  4. Applying Sealant: Choose a sealant appropriate for your table's type of wood. Polyurethane is a common choice. Use a clean brush to apply the sealant in long, even strokes. Wait for the first coat to dry before lightly sanding it with fine-grit sandpaper, then apply a second coat.
  5. Inspecting: Once the final coat of sealant is completely dry, inspect your table for any missed spots or drips. You may lightly sand any imperfections with fine-grit sandpaper and apply a touch-up of sealant if necessary.

With patience and attention to detail, refinishing a wooden table can significantly enhance its appearance and extend its life, allowing it to continue being a cherished part of your home.

Glass Tables: Crisp and Contemporary

Cleaning glass requires extra care for a clear, streak-free finish. Start by dusting off the surface with a soft, lint-free cloth to remove loose debris. Then, apply a mixture of equal parts distilled water and white vinegar to the glass surface with a spray bottle. This solution can effectively remove dirt and fingerprints and is also a natural, inexpensive cleaner.

Wipe the surface with a clean microfiber cloth, moving in a circular motion to avoid streaks. For tougher stains or sticky residues, apply a small amount of rubbing alcohol directly to the stain before wiping. Once your table is clean, you can polish the surface with a fresh, dry microfiber cloth for a high-gloss finish.

Metal Tables: Industrial Strength

Cleaning metal tables is a straightforward process that, if done correctly, can preserve their sleek appearance. To remove any superficial dirt and debris, begin by wiping the surface with a soft, damp cloth. Mild dish soap and water can be gently applied with a cloth or sponge for stubborn stains or accumulated grime. Avoid using abrasive cleaners or pads, which can scratch and damage a metal surface.

Rinse the soap with a clean, damp cloth and dry thoroughly with a soft towel to prevent water spots. For added protection, especially for outdoor metal furniture, consider applying a coat of car wax or a commercial metal protectant, following the manufacturer's instructions.

Plastic Tables: Durable and Practical

To clean a plastic table, start by wiping down the surface with a soft cloth or sponge dipped in mild dish soap and warm water. This simple mixture will help remove most stains and dirt without damaging the plastic. For tougher stains, such as ink or wine, a baking soda paste applied gently with a soft brush can be very effective.

Rinse the table thoroughly with clean water and dry it with a soft towel to avoid water spots. Occasionally, apply a UV-protective spray to maintain the color and prevent fading, especially for outdoor tables, after cleaning.

Clean Tables, Happy Homes

Maintaining a clean table can help preserve the beauty and functionality of your home. Remember to clean tables regularly, use the appropriate methods for the specific material, and handle them with care.

If you need expert cleaning for your entire home, Merry Maids provides professional house cleaning services to help keep your house clean and welcoming.

Call (888) 490-4227 to request a free cleaning estimate today!