Removing Furniture Polish Build Up from Wood Furniture

Those wonderful furniture polishes can often leave a dull buildup. There are methods and products you can use to remove the buildup and restore the shine to your furnishings. This is a guide about removing furniture polish buildup from wood furniture.
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September 12, 2016 Flag
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Cry cleaning lady used something that has left my formerly shiny 50 year old 3 cherry end tables dull. How to restore myself?

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October 29, 20160 found this helpful

How to remove wax buildup on cherrywood

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November 8, 20160 found this helpful

i have cherrywood furniture how can i get it shining again. it is very dull after using furniture polish.

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December 27, 2015 Flag
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How do I remove Murphy's Oil or furniture polish buildup on my grandfather clock without damaging the wood?

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December 28, 20150 found this helpful

If your grandfather clock is very old or an antique, you may consider not removing any finish as an antique wood grandfather clock may be more valuable as is. However, if this is not a concern, there are many online sites with excellent directions for removing oil buildup. The "homeguides" site is very helpful:

http://homeguides.sfgate.com/rid-furniture-polish-buildup-23858.html

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October 18, 2012 Flag
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I've received my great-grandparents beautiful dining set. However, there is a lot of wax build up that is showing rings. What is the best way to remedy this situation? Mayonnaise has not helped.

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October 22, 20122 found this helpful

Get some Ivory liquid dish soap and a wash cloth. Do small areas at a time and dry each spot before going to the next. U will find it will be a lot lighter in color because the wax has darkened over the years with the build up. You can also buy Fornby's furniture restorer and that will remove the old wax. I found it expensive before the job was done so weigh you choices.

You may also try paint thinner on a non showing spot and see if it will remove the wax like you want with less work and expense. Don't take it to a refinisher as he will dip it in a caustic stuff that weakens the glue joints. A favorite with some so called antique dealers. Personnaly I like the soap method and have done 4 dining room sets this way over the years....no mistakes this way.

This picture is l/2 table top I did this way over 20 years ago and when I finished cleaning it I put 7 coats of Tung oil on it and for the past 3 years it has been a ramp from my living room to the carport for my wheel chair and still like new..

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December 31, 2010 Flag
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How can I remove furniture polish build up from my cherry tables?

By Beth from Cookeville, TN

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Removing Furniture Polish Build Up

I had this same problem with my wood nightstand. I used Guardsman Wood Furniture Cleaner. It may make your furniture appear dull so use Guardsman Wax Free Furniture Polish. Now my nightstand looks amazing, even better than when I got it (then again someone gave it to me), but it still looks amazing. (08/20/2010)

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August 20, 2010 Flag
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How do you remove furniture polish build-up from a wooden dining room table?

By Tracy from Phoenix, AZ

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My mother-in-law had some old nasty furniture that was not only covered with excess furniture polish after many years, but she was also a heavy smoker, so it was also covered with nicotine. To clean it, I used straight ammonia (with the windows open!) and left the ammonia to sit for a few minutes then repeat again if needed. After the furniture dried I applied Old English scratch-repair furniture polish then buffed it with a soft cloth.


When my mother-in-law came home to her newly fixed-up house she thought we had bought new furniture. It looked so nice she couldn't believe it was hers. And all I used was ammonia and Old English scratch-repair furniture oil. (Both available at any super market.)

* Use regular ammonia, not the sudsy kind and rinse well, then let dry before applying the Old English. Old English scratch-repair comes in dark and light. Pick the color that matches your furniture. (02/15/2010)

Removing Furniture Polish Build Up

I would not use ammonia. I do much furniture refinishing and will often times use ammonia to remove varnish. Ammonia often times takes off a finish for me. The furniture Cyinda cleaned must have had a finish on it, that ammonia doesn't remove. Please be very careful using ammonia to clean furniture. You could have a bigger problem on your hands! (02/18/2010)


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February 15, 2010 Flag
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I have over polished my dining table. It has now gone cloudy and smeared. How can I make it look good?

By Emma B from England

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Removing Furniture Polish Build Up

Equal parts vinegar and water and if that doesn't work (because of way too much polish build up) try Murphy's Oil Soap. (11/28/2009)

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November 24, 2009 Flag
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I have 3 wonderful wood tables in my living room but they are sticky. I think it is polish build up. How con I get rid of the stickiness and then give them a good polish?

Lucy from Mexico

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This is for polish build-up, and also people that have wood cabinets or paneled kitchens that have accumulated grease over the years.

3 parts linseed oil
1 part turpentine.

Use a 000 (triple zero) fine steel wool and lightly clean it. Wipe with a soft cloth to polish. It takes off everything, and I mean everything.

It doesn't damage the finish and also moisturizes the wood. It smells a bit, so make sure you have ventilation. Spring time with the windows open is great, and it just takes a few hours for the odor to go away. I have never used this on a painted surface, so I don't know if it will damage paint. This is meant for finished or unfinished natural wood only. (02/22/2005)

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April 19, 2006 Flag
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To remove polish build-up, mix 1/2 cup vinegar and 1/2 cup water.

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