Wood furniture looks quite sassy and classic in the house but the stains and marks, water and moisture leaves on the wood furniture is all the more frustrating. Although it may seem that cleaning wood furniture is hard and removing water stains from the wooden table is quite a fuss, sometimes it only takes a few minutes to get the wooden furniture back to its original conditional.
Before starting off with the process of removing water stains from the wood you need to determine the level of damage done to the furniture. Determine how deep the stain or mark is which is often fairly easy and can be determined by the color of the stain. Marks left from steam or liquid are usually of white color which means that the marks haven’t penetrated much through the wooden polish. If the marks are more of a black in color, the stains have gone far beneath the wood and are often hard to remove.
Below are listed some simple and easy tips to remove light-colored water stains from wood.
Use petroleum jelly, mayonnaise or oily furniture polish.
An oily material is best to remove white water stains from the furniture. You can use mayonnaise, an oily polish for furniture cleaning or even petroleum jelly from your house to rub on the white stains on the wood. The stains will be clear in just a few light rubs.
Toothpaste usually contains a mild abrasive which is best for removing stains not only from wooden furniture but also from utensils made from steel or stone. Take a piece of damp cloth and put a little toothpaste on it. Rub the toothpaste on the spot to get rid of the stain from the wood.
Use baking soda to remove stains.
The mixture of one tablespoon of baking soda and a teaspoon of water is excellent for removing white stains from wood. Use gentle motions to remove the stain from the furniture. Remember not to dilute baking soda too much by adding more water than required.
Make a mixture of baking soda and toothpaste.
If any of the above-described methods don’t work on your wooden furniture, make a slightly stronger abrasive by mixing baking soda and toothpaste together and gently rub on the stain. You can use a half teaspoon of both the materials to create a mixture. You need to apply a little more pressure to get rid of the stubborn stains from wood.
Use paint thinner or mineral spirits.
If the stains on your wooden furniture are stubborn and still there after trying all of the above-listed tips, you can use a paint thinner or a mineralized spirit to remove the stain. Be cautious using it as it may dissolve the finish of your furniture so you need to test on a small area before applying on the furniture directly. Clean the surface with a damp cloth after the stain is gone.