Save Your Wood Furniture with these Water Stain Hacks

Sara Rodrigues
·2 min read

From House Beautiful

Forgot a coaster? Even diligent hosts can be prone to pesky water rings popping up days after, the moisture already lifting the wood stain to leave ghostly water stains. We spoke to Val Olivera of Val's Services for tips on how household products will remove water rings and save your furniture from needing the DIY treatment.

Vaseline

This medicine cabinet staple uses its natural oils to restore the wood from within and remove the white cast water stains leave on treated surfaces. All you need is a dust cloth to buff it out.

Spread vaseline on the water ring and leave overnight. Make sure the wood has been dusted so the oils can penetrate the surface. The next morning, wipe off the excess and buff the oils out. Clean the furniture as you normally would.

Olive Oil and Vinegar

For wood stains caused by wet glasses, you'll need a two-time solution to break down the moisture and replenish the wood's oil. Look no farther then your salad dressing. An equal part vinegar and olive oil is the perfect tag team to restore wood furniture.

Oliveira explains how to get the most from the kitchen ingredients. "Put some of this solution on a cloth and gently apply it to the stain. Make sure to wipe in the direction of the wood grain, then use a dry cloth to wipe up the excess solution and leave the furniture shining."

Toothpaste

A non-gel toothpaste has just enough abrasion to smooth over irregularities in the wood while coating the piece in a protective layer. Just spread the toothpaste over the water ring and lightly scrub with a toothbrush after a few minutes. Wipe off the excess and buff the table with a microfiber cloth to remove the water stain.

If you're finding water stains on your surfaces regularly or love to entertain, it's time to time preventative measures.

"If your wood furniture doesn’t already have a protective finish on it, I suggest applying your own. Common options are lacquer and varnish and both will provide your furniture with stronger resistance to staining," Olivera recommends.

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