Wood furniture is beautiful, but it’s not immune to the wear and tear of everyday life. To retain their looks, new and antique wood tables and chairs must be properly maintained. Water and wood are indeed natural enemies. If the damage has already been done, and you now have to figure how to remove water stains from wood and how do you know which of the many repair methods are most reliable? What follows are details on the three approach that we and others have found to be the most effective. You may need to work through a bit of trial and error before discovering the trick that works in your case. Be patient and you get it right!
- No 1 method – IRONING
As with most stains, it helps to act quickly. If the stain has been there for only a few days, try this: Plug in the iron, and then lay a cotton napkin or towel over the stain. With the iron set on low, apply it briefly to the fabric before lifting the cloth to see if the ring has diminished. Repeat until the white stain has disappeared. Alternatively, you can try using a hair dryer to achieve the same effect. Move the dryer back and forth over the area for about 10 minutes until the moisture evaporates.
- No 2 method – MAYONNAISE
Spread mayonnaise directly on the water mark and let it sit. Then leave the mayonnaise sitting for about three hours or let it work on the stain overnight. After the waiting period, simply wipe away the spread and the stain wipe with it.
- No 3 method – TOOTHPASTE
If you’ve tried the above methods and still couldn’t get the desired result, you can as well try the TOOTHPASTE method but not just any toothpaste. You’ll need the white, non-gel variety. Squeeze some onto a rag, and then massage it onto the stain. You don’t need to scrub hard or for a very long time to see results. To avoid causing any further damage to the furniture in question, it’s best to concentrate your efforts only on the affected parts, because the toothpaste can wear away the finishing. If the water stain isn’t gone completely, then it may at least have lightened enough to be less noticeable.
The ace up your sleeve is that, if all else fails, you can always sand the furniture down to bare wood and refinish it. (If you’re dealing with a prized piece, you may want to consult a pro.) To prevent similar damage in the future you can always use a coaster.
Culled from houzz.com
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