Cleaning Guides5 Simple Ways to Remove Watermarks from Wood
Test your chosen cleaning method on an inconspicuous area first to avoid damaging the surface any more.
Picture this: you’ve decided to have a small gathering at your home. It all goes great, everyone had fun and the food and drinks were delicious. The party comes to an end and you go to bed satisfied.
The next morning you wake up to find cup rings all over your wooden furniture! That’s sure to spoil anyone’s mood. But fear not! We have gathered some useful tips to help you get water stains out of wood.
So, if this has happened to you:
Then read on! This post is for you.
If the water stains on your furniture are white or a lighter colour, you’re in luck. Removing white watermarks from wood is not a difficult task. This colour indicates that the moisture has only penetrated the coating and hasn’t reached the wood itself.
In most cases, if the stain is recent, you can easily remove it using a clothes iron. The heat will help the wood release the trapped moisture and the watermark will disappear.
You’ll need: a clean cloth, a clothes iron, a cotton towel or t-shirt
So, here’s what to do:
Time needed: 15 minutes.
Wipe any dust and grime off the furniture with a clean cloth.
Place a cotton towel or t-shirt over the watermark to protect the surface.
Remove all the water from the iron. Turn it on to the lowest temperature and let it heat up.
Run the iron over the stain for 5-10 seconds. Remove the heat for 20-30 seconds and lift the towel to check if the stain is beginning to disappear.
It might take a few cycles to get the stain out completely. Repeat until the watermark disappears.
The way this method works is simple – the oil in the mayonnaise can displace the water that is caught in the wood. Alternatively, you can use petroleum jelly.
You’ll need: a clean cloth, mayonnaise or petroleum jelly, wood cleaner
Here is how to proceed:
You’ll need: white, non-gel toothpaste, a clean cloth, an old toothbrush
Follow these steps to remove water stains from furniture:
For a stronger cleaning solution, you can use a mixture of baking soda and water.
You’ll need: baking soda, water, a clean cloth
Alternatively, for double the cleaning power, you can mix equal parts toothpaste and baking soda.
You’ll need: salt, olive oil, a clean cloth
Here is how to use this method:
And you’re done! No more unsightly cup rings on your hardwood table. After dealing with water stains, it is a good idea to wax or polish your wooden furniture to prevent any further damage.
If the watermarks on your furniture are dark or black, it means that the moisture has gone through to the wood. Unfortunately, these stains are a lot more difficult to handle.
While some of the methods mentioned above might work, it will depend on the age of the stain and the level of damage it has done.
If you’re dealing with dark water stains on wood, your best bet will be to call a professional to restore your furniture. This is especially true if you’re dealing with antique and valuable pieces.
You can use the same methods listed above to remove watermarks from unfinished wood, as well. Alternatively, you can lightly sand the surface with fine-grit sandpaper until the stain disappears or lightens.
However, for raw wood, we have found the salt or baking soda cleaning methods to be most effective.
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Did you find this post useful? Did you manage to remove the water stains from your furniture? Let us know in the comments below!
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