Removing Water Marks from Wood Furniture

We have two 'white' spots on our wooden kitchen table that I can't seem to get out. I have tried mayo and Old English. These are from heat and have been there more than a month now. Any ideas how to get rid of them? Thanks.

Lisa from NC


Removing Water Marks from Wood Furniture

Mayo, Baking soda & Hair dryer did not work on my mahogany table top white marks! Did Not Work! (10/13/2008)

By jean

Removing Water Marks from Wood Furniture

I had a round watermark left by a glass on the cherry dining room table I had inherited from my mother. It bothered me every time I looked at it, but I thought I'd have to get the whole surface refinished to fix the problem.

Then I thought of looking up water marks on line. Viola! There was my solution. For me the steam iron and the tee shirt combo did the trick in just seconds. God bless the internet and all the clever people who discover these helpful tips! (10/18/2008)

By Nancy K

Removing Water Marks from Wood Furniture

THANK YOU! The mayo and baking soda removed a watermark that was several years old from a very valued piece! THANK YOU! (10/21/2008)

By Teresa

Removing Water Marks from Wood Furniture

Thanks for the remedy! I place my hot chocolate down without a coaster and came back to a fog white spot. I did the wax paper and iron and it is gone! Thanks so much! (10/24/2008)

By Denise

Removing Water Marks from Wood Furniture

Wow, I was so skeptical about if this would work or not, but since the watermark was pretty large (put a coffeemaker on top of a towel on my sideboard) and old (this happened a few years ago!) I figured I had nothing to lose. Besides I was getting tired of forgetting about the mark and accidentally "showing it off" to company when I'd move the place mat that I had concealing the mark!

I tried olive oil first (hey I had it on hand figured it wouldn't hurt) with my really old hairdryer. I wasn't getting anywhere fast, so I packed up the kiddo and went to the grocery store in search of some cheap mayo. I tried it with the hairdryer, but it seemed like I needed something grittier to get it into the wood.


I didn't have any wood ashes, so I followed the advice of another post and used baking soda. I just kind of plopped a bit of both on part of the mark and started rubbing it in with a paper towel while holding the hairdryer very close to the mark. Really, it took about maybe 5-10 minutes before I realized that half of the mark was really gone. I kept wiping away the stuff thinking that I was going crazy, but it really worked! Yea for a great solution! (11/09/2008)

By Kate

Removing Water Marks from Wood Furniture

The advice below that was most persuasive to me was the argument that heat was the key to driving off moisture trapped in the surface of the timber, so I used nothing but a hot hair dyer on a white mark left on a wall panel by a steam kettle.

It took a few minutes for the timber to heat sufficiently to drive off the moisture, but it worked perfectly. I am a happy camper! (11/13/2008)

By dal

Removing Water Marks from Wood Furniture

The wax paper and iron trick defiantly works! I accidentally put a water mark on a very expensive Georgian chest of drawers.I nearly had a heart attack! I repeated the wax paper formula three times, and it worked! thanks for the tips!


By Mike

Removing Water Marks from Wood Furniture

Check out my blog on removing white rings, heat stains and water spots off your furniture, it compliments this article and gives other good ways to go about getting rid of those wretched stains!

Good Luck!

By Andrew


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