my dining room table has lost it's shine ( it is very dull) it's not real wood
If it's laminate, try a 50/50 mixture of vinegar and water in a spray bottle to clean off any film that may be on it. That may be all it needs. You can also buy countertop polish that's available at Walmart.
Happy to help, Carla. I hope it works for you!
I agree. 50/50 mix of vinegar and water may do the trick. If it's laminate do not use wax polish on it. Just builds up on the surface. Make sure you get laminate countertop polish.
Rejuvenate makes a great line of products.
you can also use Murphy Wood Soap even on items that aren't real wood
What type of table top is it?
Laminated Top ( table 10 years old )
Then try the 50/50 mix vinegar and water as others have suggested, that should work
If it is laminate you can do this:
In order to have more shiny and clean laminate countertops, you can make your own vinegar solution. Mix 1 cup of clean water with 2 tablespoons of white vinegar and put it in a spray bottle. If you'd like, you can also add a few drops of a food-safe mineral oil for a little extra shine.
If it is veneer:
You could try this if you want a really nice shine: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQrRVUarzPc
Hi Carla, if it's veneer, you can try this
Hi Carla, here's some advice I found on the web. Hopefully it will help you.
Hi Carla: I just had that same problem. only with the top of an old tv console. I tried everything, and the thing that worked for me was that stuff you spray on your cars dashboard. I used Armor All. I sprayed just a little bit on the top to see what would happen and wiped it off really good and it looks great and the shine is back. So, give that a go. Good luck
Ok Thank You
Interesting idea with the Armor all. I use pledge thats often labeled multipurpose for leather granite and wood. Could be an option as well.
Sand a little and paint it
If it's really dull Armor All will help. It may collect a bit more dust though. :)
Perhaps this will help:
I would use a gloss finish by min wax
You should be able to use an acrylic sealer/top coat. Find out first what material it is made from
You could use a clear topcoat like polycrylic with a glossy finish!
You can use epoxy
If nothing else works, and it's veneer, sometimes you can sand and restain. We did that with our table and it did the trick. You could also a glass top to it, that will shine!
You could scuff with fine steel wool, wipe with alcohol, and add polyurethane.
Is it a laminate? You can still sand and add a clear coat. Sand the entire top, wipe clean a choose the finish you want. Polyurethane comes in plain which will "tint" the top a bit of a yellowish natural wood color, or crystal clear that comes in matte or shiny finishes.