Quick Fixes for Water Stains on Wood

Quick Fixes for Water Stains on Wood

That noticeable white ring on your polished, deep brown coffee table. Those light, tear drop spots on one of your wooden dining chairs. Unless you’re going for a rustic look to your interiors, water stains are tough to the eyes and very distracting. Good thing there’s a thing or two you can do about these eye sores! Here are quick, easy solutions for water stains on wood.


It may sound odd, but that bottle of white sandwich spread in the kitchen can work wonders on your piece of wood. The idea is that oil from mayo absorbs into the finish and replaces the damaged part’s lost moisture. See for yourself! Slather or dab a bit of mayo on the area of damage and let it sit overnight. Alternatives that work similarly are walnuts and petroleum jelly.


When it comes to cleaning solutions, you can never go wrong with baking soda. Mix 1 tablespoon baking soda with 1 teaspoon of water. Gently scrub the paste along the scratches or the watermark lines. Let the paste sit in for a while—best to wait overnight—before wiping it off with a cotton cloth.


Moms and homebodies agree that using the toothpaste option is the surest way to get rid of water stains. So pay a visit to your bathroom, squeeze a small amount of white, non-gel toothpaste unto your index and apply on your wooden deco pieces area of concern. Remember to use just enough toothpaste to cover the water stain. After leaving it on overnight and wiping it off first thing in the morning, your water stain should have disappeared.

Wooden furniture is classy and beautiful, but definitely not immune to stains and other wear and tear brought about by daily use. Practice using coasters and be mindful of spills!

Take an extra measure of care and maintenance by refinishing your wooden furniture once in a while. Island Paints equips you a line of special formulas for wooden surfaces: Island Paints Wood Bleach, Island Paints Natura Wood Filler, and Island Paints Natura Oil Wood Stain.

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