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

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.

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.


Jaimie Zinski

Residing in Chippewa Falls, Wis., Jaimie Zinski has been writing since 2009. Specializing in pop culture, film and television, her work appears on Star Reviews and various other websites. Zinski is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in history at the University of Wisconsin.