If you’re like me, then you’ve got a walnut coffee table that’s been passed down through the generations. You love it because it’s sturdy and beautiful, but over time it can start to look less than pristine. And while there are plenty of ways to keep your tabletop looking fresh, I’ve discovered one simple trick that works every time:

Keep your table done and dusted.

  • Use a soft cloth to dust the table.
  • Use a slightly dampened cloth to clean the table.
  • Use dry cloths to remove excess water from your walnut coffee table after cleaning it with an ultrasonic cleaner or another appropriate method (s).
  • Always use clean water to rinse any spills or messes off of your walnut coffee table before drying it off completely with another clean wet towel or rag (or both).

Wax on, wax off

That’s the first thing you should do with your walnut coffee table: use a good quality furniture wax, and only enough so that it covers the entire surface of your table. 

If you don’t want to use anything at all, then don’t worry—your table will still look pretty nice without any extra protection. But if you’d like something a little more stylish than just plain old polish or oil, then go ahead and get yourself some furniture wax!

Inconceivably Simple Ways to Keep Your Walnut Coffee Table Looking New

Eliminate water rings

If you have a walnut coffee table, there’s no need to be afraid of water rings. They’re easy to remove, and not just because they’re so adorable! In fact, I’m going out on a limb here and saying that if you’ve got this type of furniture in your home—and especially if you live with someone who doesn’t understand how to use the sprayer on their dishwasher—it might be time for an upgrade.

Here are some tips for getting rid of those pesky yellow rings:

  • Use an old rag or soft cloth (or even paper towels) as wet wipes instead of soap and water when cleaning off glass tops. Just remember not to use anything too abrasive; otherwise, it could damage the surface finish underneath.
  • Place a dry towel on top of the ring, then weigh it down with something heavy like one of those glass coasters that you get at restaurants to hold your drink. The weight will help push out the water from the wood, which should be enough for the stain to fade away over time.

Treat Wear and Tear.

  • Use a wood conditioner.
  • Use a wood polish.
  • Apply a coat of oil to keep the finish looking shiny and new for years to come, instead of just months.

Or maybe you just want to preserve the walnut stain on your table by applying it every few months with an old rag (or cloth) and rubbing vigorously until it looks like there’s no way that any dirt could get through all that built-up gunk in between coats? That’s fine too!

Remove Tough Stains

If you have a stain on your walnut coffee table, here’s what to do:

  • Use a soft cloth and mild soap to rub away the stain. Add just enough water to the soap so that it feels damp but not wet. Then work the stained area with gentle pressure until all traces of blood and berry juice are gone!
  • Rinse the cloth in clean water if necessary, before rewetting it again with fresh, warm water (or cold if you want an icy touch). As soon as this happens, apply more pressure until as much dirt has been removed as possible—and then repeat until no more black spots show up despite repeated scrubbing attempts!


It’s no secret that water rings can be frustrating and difficult to get rid of. But by using these easy tips, you can keep your table looking fresh for years to come!