Unusual Methods for Removing Water Stains on Wood

Posted on 03/09/11 in GREAT WHITE BLOG, No Comments

Have you ever left a drink on a wooden table and noticed a ring of moisture formed around the bottom and made a mark?   From simple mistakes like this to larger spills and accidents, water marks on wood can be very difficult to avoid.   Lucky for you, by using some common household products, removing water stains can be almost as easy as creating them.   Some products you can use include:

  • Mayonnaise: As strange as it sounds, mayonnaise can be your partner in crime when removing a water mark.   Spread a generous amount of mayonnaise on a water stain and rub it with a paper towel.   Leave for a few hours or even overnight, then remove the mayonnaise and the stain should be gone!   Repeat if necessary.
  • Toothpaste and Baking Soda: Combine equal parts of non-gel white toothpaste and baking soda, making a paste.   Then, using a clean white cloth, scrub the mark in a circular motion to buff away the stain.   When the stain is out, apply a furniture polish to restore a nice finish on the wood.
  • Iron: Place a dry lint-free cloth over the water stain.   Run a hot iron over the cloth for a few seconds, checking occasionally until the stain is gone.

Keep in mind that these strategies work best when the water mark is new, so you may need to resort to more drastic measures for older stains that won’t come out.   If you attack a stain right away, these tips should do the trick!