How to Bring the Shine Back on a Veneer-Top Table

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Veneer is a thin plastic coating applied to particle board, plywood or fiberboard to create aesthetically pleasing furniture, including tables. The final product mimics real wood and creates a durable, shiny finish. After several years of spilled drinks and dust particles, the shine will diminish from the wood veneer's finish. Restoring a wood veneer tabletop's shine is accomplished without the need for expensive cleaners.


Step 1

Pour 1/4 cup white vinegar and 3 cups warm water into a plastic spray bottle. Replace the bottle's top and shake to incorporate the ingredients.

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Step 2

Spray the mixture directly onto the veneer tabletop. Work the mixture into the veneer with a microfiber cloth. Do not use any abrasive cleaners or products to prevent scratches. Use pressure to remove any difficult stains, including water rings.


Step 3

Allow the veneer tabletop to dry before spraying it with a light coating of glass cleaner. Work the glass cleaner into the veneer surface with a microfiber cloth.

Step 4

Continue to work the glass cleaner into the tabletop using overlapping circles to restore its shine and remove any residue from the vinegar mixture.



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