Tilex Left Spots on Wooden Table

My mother decided to be nice and was cleaning the ceiling fan in the kitchen when she was visiting. She was using Tilex. Well, some of it drifted down onto the corner of my wood kitchen table. Now when you see it at an angle, you can see the spots on the top.


I have tried regular soap and water (even Dawn) as well as Pledge, but nothing seems to work. Is there anything I can try that will not damage the top of the table?

By Paul

November 4, 20090 found this helpful

Hi, at Lowes or any home improvement. Store they have wood marking pens, they should match your table. Good luck! Crystal

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I suggest to try furniture polish if it does not work then search the web for more info, good luck.

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November 4, 20090 found this helpful

It's amazing that no matter how hard you try to prevent it, your tables still get water spots and rings. Well this is one time when good cleaning savvy really pays off. The milky rings that water leaves on wooden surfaces aren't usually wood damage at all. They're a discoloration of the waxy buildup on wood. The good news is that the wax is doing its job. Now you just have to get the milky wax off the wood and expose the undamaged surface underneath.

Easy Instructions Things You'll Need:

Soft cotton cloth

Toothpaste (non-gel)

Furniture polish (with wax)

Step 1 Deal with the water spot as soon as possible. If it is still in the forming stages you may be able to remove it with a little light buffing with a soft cotton cloth. Addressing the problem quickly will minimize the potential damage.

Step 2 Remove older water spots with a combination of elbow grease and a very fine abrasive. Toothpaste is great for this because it's an inexpensive and mild abrasive compound--after all, you brush your teeth with it. The water ring is probably composed completely of wax, so it shouldn't take much effort or time to get rid of it.

Step 3 Apply a dollop of toothpaste, about the diameter of a dime, to the spot. Rub a small portion of the spotted or ringed area in a circular motion.

Step 4 Work on one small patch, about 1 inch across, at a time.

Step 5 Stop and wipe the toothpaste away frequently, checking your work and reapplying toothpaste as needed. You should watch your work carefully. You may think the unmarred surfaces of your wooden furniture are pretty shiny, but may be surprised at how sparkling a finish toothpaste can create on your wood. You don't want to discover that your water spot is gone, only to leave a shiny spot behind.

Step 6 Wipe the area with a clean, damp cloth once the spot has been removed. Dry the area completely.

Step 7 Reapply furniture polish to the area.good luck.

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November 7, 20090 found this helpful

Your damage is from the acidic Tilex, not from water marks. It more than likely ate through the finish, dulling and even bleaching it partially. If it were mine I'd lightly use fine sandpaper in each spot, then go back over on just the spots, even if it takes a q-tip to get each one, with the closest wood stain that matches your table, making sure that you have shaken and stirred the wood stain well in the beginning, and not stopping the touch-up procedure until done, using a whole box of q-tips if necessary, so that not too much is applied.

The stain should soak just into the spots, then blend nicely into the finely sanded areas surrounding the spots with the least amount of damage. If you have a satin finish on the table top, you will want a satin finished wood stain in the smallest amt. you can find. Test the underneath edge to see if it matches, until you get what is closest. Most woods

have specks and spots naturally, but do your best to barely touch the tip of the q-tip or brush into the stain so you can

control the flow of stain best. If you are more comfortable, a hobby shop will sell a tiny camel hair artist's brush with a long handle you may have to cut off and sacrifice so you can control the brush well. If any of the spots are larger, you can use the tip of your pinky finger to apply the stain on that sized spot.

If your table has ever had wax or lots of oils/polish, it may need a slightly heavier hand in the sanding of each spot. Keep in mind that you are not a pro, that there is no perfect piece of wood, furniture, or person, and don't be too hard on dear mom or yourself if you make a human error or mistake here or there. Her love and thoughtfulness should cover a lot of those imperfections as well. God bless and help you. : )

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