Remove water stains from wood with these 5 fantastic hacks

Jun 17, 2020
Here are five tried-and-true methods for removing water stains off wooden furniture. Source: Getty.

We’ve all been there — gone to clear away an empty glass, only to find it has left an unsightly water stain behind on your favourite wood furniture. It’s fair to say there’s nothing more annoying. But, the good news is there are ways you can remove those water stains with things you may already have on hand so you don’t have to waste your money on any fancy cleaners. Below we’ve listed five tried-and-true methods for removing those pesky marks.

Use an iron

Water stain? All you need is an iron. To get started, put a dry cloth on the water mark. Then preheat the iron to a low temperature. Once heated, warm the surface with the iron for several seconds. Repeat until the white stain has disappeared. This water stain removal method works best for light stains.

Spread some mayonnaise

Yep, that’s right. You can use mayonnaise to remove water stains. Simply dab a bit of mayonnaise onto a paper towel, then gently apply it to the water-stained area. Let the mayonnaise sit on the stain for at least a few hours (or overnight, if you can) with the paper towel sitting on top. The next day, wipe away with a clean cloth. You’ll be surprised by how well this method works.

Add some toothpaste

Turns out, toothpaste is also good at removing hard-to-clean water stains. However, you’ll need the white, non-gel variety! To get started, apply a little bit of toothpaste directly on the water stain ring. With a clean sponge, scrub lightly for about one minute. You don’t need to scrub very hard or for very long to see the stain disappear — it’s that easy.

Combine vinegar and olive oil

Mix equal parts vinegar and olive oil in a small bowl. Then apply the mixture directly to the water stain with a clean cloth. Rub the cloth along the mark until you see the stain vanish! Thanks to its acidic properties, white vinegar is the perfect cleaning tool, while the olive oil surprisingly acts as a natural furniture polish.

Plug in the hairdryer

If all else fails, grab your hairdryer from your bathroom, set the device on its highest setting and hold it about 5 centimetres away from the stain. As you apply heat, use a cloth to buff away the mark. Repeat until the water stains disappear. Finish by polishing the table with some furniture oil — olive oil works as a great substitute!

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