You never know when you might need ways to remove water marks from wood: a ring from a drinks glass put down without a coaster; drips from a flower vase; and simple condensation can all cause damaging marks that devalues and affects the beauty of your natural wood. Keep these ways to remove water marks from wood in your housekeeping arsenal and you’re good to go.
1. Toothpaste and Baking Soda
One of the best ways to remove water marks from wood is using toothpaste and baking soda. This may sound like a home remedy for whitening your teeth (which is pretty effective, by the way), but it really works great with the water stains on your furniture too. Simply mix 1/2 teaspoon of toothpaste and 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda and rub the mixture into the stain. Use a soft, clean cloth to take it off afterwards, and that's it!
2. Hair Dryer
Another simple method for removing water marks from wooden furniture is letting your good ol' hair dryer scare them off. Make sure to set it to a low setting to avoid any unpleasant surprises, and apply the warm air to the stained area, moving the dryer back and forth. This is a fast and easy solution, but note that it works best on fresh stains - less than 24 hours old.
3. Petroleum Jelly
Very effective for skincare, petroleum jelly is also an efficient solution for those wondering how to remove water marks from wood. Simply apply it on the stain and let it sit overnight – it's somewhat like a great night cream for your furniture. Wipe it off the next morning, and the water marks should be gone too. If they're the more stubborn type, just repeat the procedure. A warning though: best avoid using petroleum jelly on high gloss wood surfaces.
4. Yummy Mayo
Apply 2 tablespoons of full fat mayo on a paper towel and then lightly press it on the water ring. Let it sit for at least 15 minutes, or, better yet, leave it on overnight. Remove the paper towel and wipe the surface with a clean cloth. If the stain is still there, you can add ashes (like wood) to the mayo and repeat the process.
This is one of the more "adventurous" ways to remove water marks from wood, but it works like a charm! Set your iron to medium heat and – very important! – turn off the steam. Wooden furniture and steam are never good friends. Cover the water mark with a cotton cloth and iron it for a few seconds. Remove the cloth, check the stain, and repeat the process until it's completely gone. This shouldn't take you more than a minute or two.
6. Car Wax
Spread a dab of car wax on the water mark and then gently run your finger over it to get the wax into the wood. Wait for the wax to dry and then wipe it off with a soft, clean towel. Buff the surface until it shines.
7. Olive Oil and White Vinegar
Vinegar is a mild acid that's great for dissolving minerals, while olive oil is very efficient as a moisturizer for wood furniture. Mixed together in equal amounts they make one of the best ways to remove water marks from wood. Simply apply the mixture to the stain using a soft cloth and rub using a circular motion until it's gone. Buff the area with another soft, clean cloth, and that's it!
If you’re fed up of those old water rings on your coffee table, or the console table in the hall, maybe one of these methods will work for you. Are you going to give them a try?