How to Make Furniture Polish and Restore Shine

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Have you wondered how to make furniture polish? We purchased a kitchen table and chair set when the kids were younger.  It’s probably close to ten years old now and has seen its share of crayons, markers, and wear.  The finish is starting to come off the top of the table in spots and it has lost its shine. I have seen furniture polish in the store that is supposed to restore shine to worn wood but I wanted to find something without a lot of chemicals.  I deiced to learn how to make furniture polish myself.   After all, I’m sure my Grandmother must have polished her furniture long before there was furniture polish in spray cans at the grocery store. This post contains affiliate links, and I will receive compensation if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

How to make furniture polish

How to Make Furniture Polish and Restore Shine

Wood loses its shine for two reasons. It gets dirty and it gets worn.  Oil, smoke, dirt and any number of other things can build up on the surface of the wood.  If it’s not removed regularly, it can create a build up over the surface of the wood and make the wood dull.

How to make furniture polish
Before cleaning or polishing

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The first step is to use undiluted white vinegar on a sponge to clean your table. Vinegar is very effective at cutting grease and removing grime. Plus, it’s all natural and non-toxic.

How to make furniture polish

Take a cup of mineral oil and three drops of pure lemon extract.  You can find pure lemon extract in the baking aisle in the area you would find vanilla. Do NOT buy lemon flavoring. You need pure lemon extract which is a mixture of alcohol, water, and oil of lemon.  I store my furniture polish in a small Mason jar.

How to make furniture polish

Dab a bit of mineral oil on a soft cloth or sponge and rub it into the entire surface of the table. If your wood is very dry, you may need to do this twice.  Let the oil sit on the table for five minutes. Using a clean rag, gently buff the table, wiping away any excess mineral oil. The wood should be smooth to touch and not tacky or sticky.

I repeat this process about once a month.  Be sure to use vinegar to remove any grease or grime from your table first.


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24 thoughts on “How to Make Furniture Polish and Restore Shine”

  1. That is great! I'm a DIY, too!  I used to have wide pine board floors, and we would rub linseed oil into the wood.  I recently obtained some coconut oil and I was fooling around with it, I have parquet floors, and I had no idea that some spots of the oil got into the wood floor. Now it is spotted and I have been trying to get the spots out!  
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  2. I love this!  I never thought about making my own furniture polish.  I think this would be great for antique furniture.  Found this on google and will be pinning!
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  3. Wow! That looks really great! I can really see the shine! We have a wooden table, wooden church pew for a couch, and wooden floors. I still haven't found a polish that works for all three. I will have to give yours a try. Thanks for sharing! 
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  4. I had no idea about my own furniture polish. I am going to try it this week. I have a new table made out of old wood. It could use a polish or two. 
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