With our simple cleaning tips, you can easily remove water stains from wood using common household items like toothpaste.
We’ve all been there: a guest forgets to use a coaster, and now there’s an annoying white stain on your beloved wood furniture.
But don’t worry, you don’t have to let it ruin your day. With our simple Cleaning Tips, you can easily remove water stains from wood using common household items like toothpaste, distilled White Vinegar, and even mayonnaise.
Removing Water Stains from Wood: White vs. Dark Stains
Before you start removing water stains from wood surfaces, it’s important to assess the color of the stain.
Different cleaning methods may be needed depending on whether the stain is white or dark.
White water stains:
These stains occur when moisture is trapped in the wood’s finish.
Our cleaning techniques are most effective for this type of stain.
Dark water stains:
If the water rings have a darker color, it means the liquid has penetrated the wood itself, and refinishing the surface may be necessary.
Here are some methods to remove water stains from wood
- Mayonnaise: Apply mayonnaise to the stain and let it sit for a few hours or overnight. Then wipe it off with a clean cloth and polish the surface.
- Vinegar and olive oil: Mix equal parts vinegar and olive oil, and apply the mixture to the stain using a cloth. Wipe in the direction of the wood grain and finish with a dry cloth.
- Iron: Place a clean cloth over the stain and use a warm iron to gently heat the area. Lift the cloth periodically to check the stain, repeating the process until it’s gone.
- Hairdryer: Use a hairdryer on its highest setting to blow hot air onto the stain until it disappears. Polish the surface with furniture oil or olive oil.
- Toothpaste: Use white toothpaste (not gel or whitening) and a cloth or paper towel to gently rub the stain until it’s removed. Wipe away any residue.
- baking soda: Make a paste with baking soda and water, apply it to the stain, and rub gently with a microfiber cloth. Wipe away the paste with a dry cloth.
There are also commercial products available, such as pre-treated reusable cloths from Homax and Guardsman, specifically designed to remove white rings from wood.
Always check the manufacturer’s instructions and test on a small, inconspicuous area before using any product on your wood furniture.
*The information is for reference only.