Inspired by last night’s season finale of Curb Your Enthusiasm in which Larry David is blamed for leaving a water circle stain on Julia-Louis Dreyfuss’ heirloom table. A tried-and-true tactic recommended by Charles Sutton, author of How to Care for Your Old & New Furniture ($20, ), is to coat a soft, damp cloth with a creamy white appliance polish (a baking soda-and-water combination or a nonsoapy ammonia will also do the trick) and lightly rub the affected finish in the direction of the wood grain. Put plants on solid bottom plates or holders to make sure any moisture does not seep onto the wood.
Get those white marks — caused by hot cups or sweating glasses — off your coffee table or other wooden furniture by making a paste of 1 tablespoon baking soda and 1 teaspoon water. Poly is pretty much the best finish for a kitchen table, because it resists water and other chemicals better than oil or shellac. Had a 4 year old white cloud like stain from a pie that I thought was cooled enough with a hot pad beneath it, to set on my beautiful Burl wood dinning table.
However, you should listen to what the manufacturer says, and if it is recommended to clean or polish the wood with a particular product at a particular frequency, then that’s what you do. Any of these can be followed with the gentle heat cycle of a blow dryer to completely dry out the wood. But this is finished wood we’re talking about on this table and it won’t be absorbed.
Now this one is hard for me to do because I have a major, and I mean major aversion to mayonnaise. My first experience was at my girlfriends house at 17 and leaving a glass ring on a coffee table. It seemed this piece of furniture was prime for a little..experimentation (my husband agrees, especially if experimentation is synonymous with burning). The resulting wood is smooth, and considering the baking soda is abrasive, appears unscratched. Before applying polish, rest your fingers in a few tablespoons of mayonnaise for several minutes, then rinse.
If you can put the table out in the sun, try rubbing it with a suitably colored furniture polish then setting it out in the sun for a while. I took a towel (a dish towel) set my iron to steam (make sure you have plenty of water in it), and hover over the mark for several minutes. If there’s no mayonnaise in your fridge, petroleum jelly may be used as an alternative. I haven’t tried it yet, but want to take a crack at it on the restoration of a side table in the new year.
To remove white rings left by wet glasses on wood furniture, mix equal parts vinegar and olive oil and apply it with a soft cloth while moving with the wood grain. He went for a walk I mixed ashes and mayonnaise rubbed it on and began hair drying it. That failed but it looked a little better then I put a glob of mayonnaise on it and used the iron and by the way I had 1 hour to do this. Everything you need to get rid of unwanted circles and keep your furniture looking its best is in your kitchen cabinet.
If you want a quicker and cheaper hack, simply steep two bags of black tea for 10 minutes in boil in water (something unflavoured, unsweetened, etc.). Let the tea cool, and then immerse a clean cotton cloth into the tea. I knew that one of the homemade ways to get rid of white water spots on furniture is to try mayonnaise. I tried your iron on a tea towel to get out the white water mark on my dining room table, and, obviously used too high a heat (or too long). I’d blame the cats but it might be my fault for not watching it or over-filling it. Now there’s a big stain on a chest made of cedar.
We’ve got new beautiful cherry wood kitchen work tops which I lovingly oil however I seem to have acquired a horrible black water mark the size of a side plate and would love some advice about how to remove it. If things got a little messy during mani/pedi night and a nail polish bottle tipped over on wood furniture or floors, rest easy. Toothpaste sometimes contains a mild abrasive that will help get rid of the stain. Since this table was not a big investment and couldn’t really look much worse, I had nothing to lose. Well, I just tried the medium hot iron and napkin trick and it burned my table.
After a few hours is up, just apply some water with a sponge in order to remove the bleach completely. I would lift the towel and check it while you are doing it. The wax paper idea didn’t work for me. Then you need to get some lemon oil because your wood will be dried out. Blot it gently, do not rub as you can rub the water into the surface of the wood instead of removing it. If you can, grab a blow dryer and move it around to let warm air blow gently over the wet surface. Unfortunately it has been marred by many wet drinks and before we invest in having it re-finished we searched online for other alternatives to remove the water stain circles.
For mix-it-yourselfers, wring out a microfiber cloth in a solution of 50% warm water and 50% white vinegar. Some people recommend letting it sit for awhile but because this works via abrasion and not water extraction we went to work on the stain after only a couple minutes. Fill scratches in wood furniture : If your furniture has any scratches or cracks, you can fix them by applying mayonnaise in and around the affected area. You don’t need to do this all the time, just do it when your wood looks a little lacklustre.
The most effective was almost like using the hair dryer as an eraser – even touching the wood – and the ring which had been thick and very white disappeared! Use the bleach solution on the stained area only, being careful not to let it bleed onto the good wood. The iron and linen towel method was as miraculous a cure for my old, old water mark as everyone has said. If the kids get too creative on the wood floors, try rubbing mayo on the crayon marks.
To protect your furniture from spills and drips, place a plastic lid under your cups to collect excess water and prevent damage to wood. If the water stain isn’t gone completely, then it may at least have lightened enough to be less noticeable. Apply the solution to the stain with a brush (if the stain is large) or a clean rag (if the stain is small). I’ve never heard of the ironing part, but I’ve actually seen mayo worked when a hot pan left a mark on my ex-MIL’s kitchen table. Expect a recursive effort; you may have to fill in the scratch, buff the table with a clean cloth and finesse the scratch a second time before achieving the effect you desire.
Wow, all I have to say is the Iron and t-shirt method to get water stains out of wood is UNBELIEVABLE! After this treatment the wood looked much less dry and some of the white spots were barely visible anymore. One of them disappeared right away, but the older stain took a good 15 minutes of going over until it blended back into the wood grain. Apparently my husband did not know the blanket he used was damp and therefore we got it home and it has several water stains all over it. Will the iron method work for this please help me! The mayonnaise won’t harm the wood, so if it doesn’t work, you’re only out some mayo.
Remove a ring that’s too tight : To get off a too-tight ring, mayonnaise is a good lubricant that will work in a pinch. Try one or try them all, it’s virtually guaranteed that one of them will remove the marks and restore the beautiful finish on your wooden table. Apparently this technique relies on the mayonnaise somehow extracting the remaining water from the table as well as light abrasion due to the ashes. Pet urine is probably the number-one carpet stain problem, and I have found a particularly helpful product. Rub the paste parallel to the wood grain, wipe it off, and then polish with lemon oil.
Dampen a sponge or a clean, soft cloth with water and then dip it into the paste and work at the stain using a circular motion. If you find a white mark on the wooden table which you will in most cases, apply a small amount of mayonnaise and baking soda on it. As soon as you have a spill clean it up. Speed is the best weapon against a water mark that may be difficult to remove.
An online forum elsewhere recommended a paste of mayonnaise and cigarette ashes for a similar problem, but I don’t smoke and therefore have no ashes available. And since a popular ask has been how I clean it, I decided to go over in detail how to clean and care for wood furniture. If you have heat or water marks, firstly, tsk tsk, secondly, you can restore the wood by applying mayonnaise to the area, leaving it overnight and then buffing it into the table in the morning. For felt-tip marker on hard surfaces such as furniture and plastic, rub firmly with a clean dollar bill. Then wipe it off with a damp cloth and let it dry before applying furniture polish.
Spray or pour the homemade solution on a soft cloth (never spray directly on the furniture) and work it in, wiping with the grain. After rubbing his sticky hands across the finish of the end table time and again, and usually right after eating an apple, I noticed the finish was dulled. Water pooled up under the pot and sat there grinning until I noticed it later that night.