How to Polish a Mahogany Table

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When considering how to polish a mahogany table, it is important to remember to never use a commercial spray wood polish. Some of the chemicals used in these sprays can harm the wood. Use natural ingredients such as beeswax and lemon oil instead.


About once a week, dust your table with cheesecloth or other soft cloth to avoid scratching it. If the table needs washing, dampen the cloth in a mixture of one quart of boiled water, one tablespoon of turpentine and four tablespoons of lemon oil. Dry the table with a clean cloth.


You should polish your table about once a month. For a polish, use a flannel cloth dampened in a mixture of ½ cup each of linseed oil, turpentine, and vinegar. After polishing, finish with a chamois.

Another homemade polish is to mix 1/3 cup lemon oil with one cup olive oil. As an alternative, two cups of sunflower oil can be used. For a scent of lemon, add one teaspoon of lemon oil.


To fill in small scratches, you can wax your table, but no more than two or three times a year. Instead of using linseed oil in the mixture of turpentine and vinegar, use beeswax and gently rub into the wood sparingly.