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.




Comments

  1. Wow, I had no idea that you could make your own furniture polish! We don't have any wooden furniture (well, not real wood anyway) but I need to clean and polish my maple kitchen cabinets and this should do the trick!
  2. Thnaks for the info! But if I made this then I would have to find someone to use it!
  3. This is such a fantastic idea! I love that this is an all-natural alternative to those harsh cleansers you buy in stores!
  4. Oh wow that table looks gorgeous after that polish. We have a few worn spots on our table that is only a year old and they've been bugging me. I'm going to have to give this a try to see if it works on my table as well :)
  5. Wow! Thank you! Our kitchen table was purchased in a yard sale. The top is pretty marred up but it's solid wood and so sturdy that I had to have it. Now I can rescue it. :)
  6. That is a dramatic makeover! I need to try this in our entry way.
  7. Melissa M. Miller says
    How do you think of these things? I'm definitely going to have to try this out.  We adopted a dining set from a family member and it's in not so great condition, but it has the potential to be so beautiful! I need to get the mineral oil and pure lemon extract, though.  Do you have any tips for removing GUNK from wooden furniture like gooey furballs from cats? Oh, I could also use this on my decaying living room tables. This is a must begin project for 2014 with regular maintenance.
    • LOL I have no idea. I have a head full of fairly useless information :) If you need to remove something sticky, try WD-40. Use it in a small out of the way spot to make sure it won't damage the finish first but it has always worked for us.
  8. This is great to know. We can put this to use in many areas.
  9. What a great idea to be able to make your own furniture polish at home to take care of your furniture. I have bookmarked this article so I can try this.
  10. I have made my own cleaners for about five years now and they truly work just as good if not better than the store bought version. Thanks for sharing Ellen!
  11. My kitchen table needs that. It looks just like the before.
  12. This looks simple and my wood coffee table could certainly use it!
  13. I hate buying cleaning chemicals so this is perfect for me. I totally want to make my own polish for my wood.
  14. 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. 
  15. 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! 
  16. This is a great idea! I need to try it out
  17. 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!
  18. 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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