How to Polish a Mahogany Table
When considering how to polish a mahogany table, it is important to remember to never use a commercial spray wood polish. Some of the chemicals used in these sprays can harm the wood. Use natural ingredients such as beeswax and lemon oil instead.
About once a week, dust your table with cheesecloth or other soft cloth to avoid scratching it. If the table needs washing, dampen the cloth in a mixture of 1 qt. boiled water, 1 tbsp. of turpentine and 4 tbsp. of lemon oil. Dry the table with a clean cloth.
You should polish your table about once a month. For a polish, use a flannel cloth dampened in a mixture of ½ cup each of linseed oil, turpentine, and vinegar. After polishing, finish with a chamois.
Another homemade polish is to mix 1/3 cup lemon oil with 1 cup olive oil. As an alternative, 2 cups of sunflower oil can be used. For a scent of lemon, add 1 tsp of lemon oil.
To fill in small scratches, you can wax your table, but no more than 2 or 3 times a year. Instead of using linseed oil in the mixture of turpentine and vinegar, use beeswax and gently rub into the wood sparingly.