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I just bought a used hard rock maple dining room table that needs the finish on the tabletop rejuvenated. I just finished scrubbing the top with Murphy's Oil Soap and it looks a lot better than when I started, but it isn't quite yet ready for the kitchen. I'm not sure what the finish on the top even is, or even how old the table is for that matter. It looks to me like the finish may have gotten wet at some time, probably underneath a table cloth by the looks of the pattern that's embossed in the finish. The two leaves that came with the table look even rougher than the table itself. The furniture dealer suggested I use Olde English oil to restore the finish.
Is that the best approach for restoring the luster on hard rock maple or is there something better?
I've got three kids that are going to do their best to destroy the table - I'm looking for something that will hold up well to daily use (and abuse) and can be done relatively easily when it needs to be redone.