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How to Get Sticky Spills off of Dining Room Tables

by Craig Blake

Dark wood dining room table and chairs

The last thing you want on dining room tables is a sticky spill. Not only is sticky residue unsightly on dining room tables, it can also brush up against your clothes, stick to plates or other items and just be a general hassle. Don't tolerate sticky messes on your dining table. In fact, the sooner you clean it up, the easier the process will be. Plus, leaving messes too long can damage the surface or appearance of your kitchen table. Chances are you'll want your dining set to last as long as possible. Here are a few tips to cleaning up sticky residue and keeping your dining table set in prime condition.

Cleaning Dining Room Tables:

  1. Let it soak: The last thing you want to do is force a sticky mess off of your dining room table. Some people will immediately get at the mess with a butter knife, risking scratching the surface of their dining table. Don't be too hasty, especially if you have an easily scratched glass dining table. Instead of getting straight to removing the mess, spray some cleaner on top of it liberally and let it soak for 10 minutes or so. This will loosen the sticky material and make it easier to remove

  2. Scrub away: After the cleaner has soaked, wipe up the mess with a soft cloth. It should come off pretty quickly. Dampen the cloth for a stronger effect. After the main bit of sticky residue is removed, spray some more cleaner on the spot and scrub until it is completely clear. Make sure you are using a cleaner that is friendly to the material of your dining set. This might be a good opportunity to clean the rest of the table as well. After you wash the table with the cleaner, make sure to wipe it down again with just water to make sure the cleaner does leave the table sticky.

  3. Dry the table: Every time you clean your dining room table and chairs, make sure to dry them completely. If you have a glass table, dry it with paper towels or newspaper to prevent leftover streaks.

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