Whether someone forgot to use a coaster or a plant got over watered, water marks on wood furniture can happen very easily. Cleaning them off is a chore, but it can be done. This is a guide about removing water marks from wood furniture.
I just removed some water marks from my sister-in-law's table using Mr. Clean Erasers. I was doubtful but tried it and presto, it worked! We need to polish it yet, but it looks great.
I have a Cherrywood finish table and have tried numerous tips (olive oil & vinegar, mayonnaise, salt & olive oil) nothing worked on my water stained, heat stains, and marks from my very used table. I saw this tip and said I'll give it a try. I am amazed! My table looks brand new thanks to this tip and Magic Eraser! Thank you!
How do I remove a water mark from an oak table?
By Roger from Crete
I know it sounds strange, but try taking a small dab of mayonnaise on a soft cloth and rub it in. I used this on my sewing machine cabinet that had a water ring from a glass or soda bottle. It was there for a long time as it was a second hand machine. It worked for awhile and months later I used the mayo trick again. Still look almost good as new.
P.S. This mayo trick works of house plants leaves too, cleans and gives them a nice shine. ( DO NOT use it on African Violets ) Great Granny Vi
I over watered a plant for some time and have a 6 inch water stain imbedded in my oak table. What's the best way to remove?
By John J.
Did you see all the other posts on the same issue? Lots of good ideas. Using toothpaste (not gel) mixed with baking soda sounds like it might work, or maybe the magic eraser. Both should be quite abrasive and then try the mayo or a furniture oil/cleaner like Old English.
How do I get rid of a white water mark on furniture?
By soochatty from Middletown, DE
This is what I just did...
Clean dry polishing cloth folded once laid over water mark, steam iron on full heat laid onto polishing cloth allowing steam to penetrate only for a couple of seconds at a time, after only a few passes the heat and steam make the water mark disappear completely, I was amazed at how effective it was I even took before and after pictures to show other people!
How do I remove white water marks from cherry furniture?
By Beverly from NY
I, too, have a cherry table that turned white as a result of a damp felt undercover that was placed on the table during a party. The great news is that with a steam iron and a white towel the moisture markings were gone!
By Emily T
You certainly get an A for effort. If the table is worth it, find someone experienced in wood refinishing and have the whole top redone. Or you could redo the entire top yourself. Patching a finish on wood is difficult to impossible. If the table is a veneer, be careful not to sand so much you break thru the veneer. Good luck!
How do I get an old water spot off a solid oak kitchen table (light wood)?
I just had the same problem on my teak dining table. I put olive oil on a paper towel and rubbed it in then left the towel on the spot for quite a while. It disappeared!
How can I remove watermarks from the polished surface of a table?
By Penny W
This sounds ridiculous but try mayo. Just rub mayo on the mark and then rub in till it's all gone. It worked for me on my cedar chest.
I have a light oak table with black water marks after a flower arrangement was placed on the table which sat there for a couple of weeks last June 2012. Also someone spilled wine or port on my table. Please help.
I wish I had an answer, but I too, need help with this kind of damage.
How do I remove water stains from light colored wood?
By D from Home
I have never tried this myself but I am passing along a hint I saw from the Farmer's Almanac newsletter. It says to use mayonnaise to remove water stains from wood. Perhaps you could try a small area where it doesnt show so much?
How do I remove a water stain from my wooden dining room table?
By Linda D.
Try rubbing it with the cut edge of a walnut.
I did try to remove the white ring made by a glass of ice water left overnight on my new oak table with mayo and baking soda paste. It turned out darker. Then I tried the white vinegar with olive oil still and it still hasn't improved. Please help
The best solution I have found for this problem is a product named "Liquid Gold" ...you'll find it right where you find furniture sprays...i.e 'pledge'
Spray Liquid Gold on the stain, let sit overnight or for a few hours....then wipe away.
How do you remove water spots on a wood table?
By Sonny H. from Galveston, TX
Heat a dry iron, place 2 layers of a white t-shirt on top of the stain, press a few seconds, then peek under the t-shirt. Keep doing that until the stain is gone.