How to properly care for my vintage table?

I have a circa 1940s kitchen table, but I don't know how to care for it. Is there anything special I have to do to keep it beautiful? It has a metal top, with two leaves that tuck underneath the center portion, metal paper clip style legs, all built into hand carved wood mechanisms (which include a clever drawer for stashing flatware). How do I properly care for this delightful piece? Is there a particular method of washing I should observe, or should I put some sort of finish on it to preserve the paint? Any suggestions would be much appreciated!
proper care of my vintage table, painted furniture
proper care of my vintage table, painted furniture
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