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Removing Water Stains From Wood

Learn how to remove water stains from wood furniture with Blain’s Farm & Fleet.

While using a coaster might seem like an annoyance, you know those water rings on your wood furniture could have been prevented with one. Water and wood don’t mix well, and water stains on wood furniture proves it. Fortunately, there are some simple solutions to remove those water stains, or at least make them less visible. You can clean up your wood furniture with some household items and the help of Blain’s Farm & Fleet.

Removing Water Stains from Wood
You can learn how to remove water stains from wood with the help of Blain’s Farm & Fleet and some simple household items.

Petroleum jelly – Simply apply the jelly to the water marks and let it sit over night. The next day, wipe away the water stains and the jelly. The oil from the jelly seeps into the stain, which drives out the moisture.

Mayonnaise – Mayonnaise can be used in place of petroleum jelly, as it also has oil that will affect the moisture in the wood. Simply dab some mayo on a rag, apply it right on the water stains, and let it sit overnight. Wipe it away clean the next day.

Toothpaste – Toothpaste is another option you can find at home. Make sure it’s white, non-gel toothpaste. Squeeze the toothpaste on a rag and gently rub into the stain. Only use it on the water stain area. Toothpaste can possibly wear away the finish, so use it with caution and only on the affected area.

Baking Soda – Baking soda is one of those household items that seems to clean anything–including water stains on your wood furniture. Simply mix together one tablespoon of baking soda with a teaspoon of water and gently rub the mixture on the stained area with a rag.

Iron or Hair Dryer – If you have relatively new stains, you can use an empty iron or a hair dryer to evaporate the moisture in the wood. If you use an iron, make sure there’s no water in it. Take a cotton towel or t-shirt and lay it over the stained spot. Keep the iron on a low setting and briefly apply it to the cotton. With the hair dryer, move it back and forth for about 10 minutes over the spot to dry up the moisture.

Once you’ve gotten rid of the water stains, it’s a good idea to polish the furniture to restore its shine. For more tips on home cleaning, visit our Around the Home blog.


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