The main difference between water stains on ceilings and smoke stained ceilings is that water stains are usually found in one or two areas but smoke staining usually covers the entire ceiling, or at least most of it. I would use the Minwax® Polyurethane for Floors You might find though that instead of the typical two coats, you might be putting on 3 or even 4 coats, depending on how open and how porous the cork is. If you see dull, dead spots when you stand at one end of the room looking towards a source of light at the opposite end, that means the Cork or the wood has absorbed all the finish in that spot and it needs more finish.
It’s worth saving yourself time and effort by trying a commercial cleaner designed to tackle limescale on your shower doors and kitchen sinks, like Cif Bathroom Spray These are usually incredibly effective – just follow the instructions on the label to get the best results – but when it comes to removing water stains, you can improve the performance of any commercial cleaner by applying it properly.
While the Stainable Wood Filler accepts the stain, it may not always accept it identical to the pores of the wood immediately surrounding it. So take your artist brush with a little bit of stain, dab it on there, let it sit on the filler for 5 or 6 minutes to soak in deep enough, wipe it off with the end of a cotton swab, and then check your color.
If you would like to use one of the Minwax® Water Based Wood Stain colors, then I would go with a water-based clear protective finish such as Minwax® Polycrylic® Protective Finish , over the top of it. So let your projects and your circumstances help you determine whether or not you’re going to use water-based or oil-based and don’t limit yourself to using one or the other on every one of your projects.
If it isn’t quite right, you can always add a little bit more color to it. That’s the great thing about the Minwax® oil-based stains – they give you the ability to work with them whether you’re mixing them together on top of the surface or even before you apply them, but they’ll do a lot better than any of the homemade remedies I’ve ever messed with.
The solution is going to depend on how deep it is. If it’s just a shallow scratch, something that just removed a little bit of the finish but hasn’t removed any wood, then my recommendation would be the Minwax® Wood Finish Stain Markers These are little miniature felt pens with miniature cans of wood stain inside them and they come in the 8 most popular Minwax® colors.
Regular toothpaste (not gel toothpaste) contains very fine abrasives and is a simple, yet effective way to eliminate white water marks on wood furniture. The first step to restoring old wood furniture is to give it a good cleaning with an orange or lemon-oil cleaner. But you can greatly improve the overall appearance of worn or damaged wood with less drastic measures. Soak a steel wool pad with mineral spirits and rub the stained area with the pad.
Fortunately, there’s an easy, non-destructive method that might help you remove those water stains. If you notice any subtle lightening of the normal wood color in the area of the stain as a result of the application, you can apply a coating of the paste to the entire surface being treated, so that the color remains consistent over the whole surface as the stain is being treated.
We have Sensodyne handy so we dabbed a bit of that directly on the water stain ring. Since this table was not a big investment and couldn’t really look much worse, I had nothing to lose. The basic logic in this is to use the oil in the mayonnaise to displace the water in the wood. Now, both times we did not immediately see the damage because of using a towel on top of the tablecloth, (it covered up the stains). The idea of stenciling is generally to give the appearance of having two different species of wood in the same floor.