Removing Water Marks from Wood Furniture

April 29, 2013

I just removed some water marks from my sister-in-law's table using Mr. Clean Erasers. I was doubtful but tried it and presto, it worked! We need to polish it yet, but it looks great.


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February 9, 2012

How do I get rid of a white water mark on furniture?

By soochatty from Middletown, DE


February 9, 20121 found this helpful

If I'm not mistaken you can crack a walnut and rub it on the spot. The oil in the nut helps to remove the mark!

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February 9, 20120 found this helpful

Formby's product line of furniture refinishing products sells a product called,"White Ring Remover". That is sold in any paint department that carries the Formby's product line.


You can also use some Vaseline Petroleum Jelly and ashes from a cigarette or wood ashes from a fireplace. The ashes are a very,very fine abraisive and the petroleum is a wood conditioner. Put some over the ring, using your finger rub well into the ring. Let set about fifteen mins. then wipe off.
Either one will take the ring out .

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February 10, 20120 found this helpful

Depends on what the fabric type is on your furniture.

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February 11, 20120 found this helpful

Try a dab of Mayo, rub in with a soft cloth and buff with a dry cloth. It did a great job on my old sewing machine. GG Vi

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March 23, 2017

How do I remove a dark water stain on dark wood? Toothpaste took off the finish surrounding spot. I am trying to do this quickly and quietly as I'm staying with friends.

This is her table I have damaged. Help!

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December 5, 2010

How do I remove white water marks from cherry furniture?

By Beverly praszkowicz from NY


January 10, 20110 found this helpful

The Magic Eraser Worked! I sprayed Pledge on my 150 year old cherished handed-down oak secretary and walked away :( Huge horrific water marks occurred, went on this website went through recommendations, decided to try Magic Eraser hesitantly, since it says on label not recommended for wood, and it worked completely! What a lifesaver. Highly recommended!

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January 12, 20110 found this helpful

I tried the mayo, and it lightened up the water marks, but they were still there. Then tried toothpaste and that helped too. I was very nervous to try the steam iron, I reluctantly tried and the marks were gone in seconds!


A miracle. I'm sooo happy.

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February 19, 20110 found this helpful

A bit of damp laundry overnight left a horrid white mark on our gorgeous timber table, followed by a thorough blaming and sulking by dear husband. An iron over a towel fixed it in a minute. Great website, thanks!

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March 8, 20110 found this helpful

I, too, have a cherry table that turned white as a result of a damp felt undercover that was placed on the table during a party. The great news is that with a steam iron and a white towel the moisture markings were gone!

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March 31, 20110 found this helpful

I was very afraid to try the iron and cloth method on my dining room table but after trying everything else I decided to try it. After 5 minutes of moving the iron around the water mark was gone. Hope everyone else has the same luck as me.

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September 8, 2009

How do I get an old water spot off a solid oak kitchen table (light wood)?

By Onesummer


September 10, 20090 found this helpful

You might want to view 'Restor-a-finish.... should be at Home Depot..

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September 11, 20090 found this helpful

I just had the same problem on my teak dining table. I put olive oil on a paper towel and rubbed it in then left the towel on the spot for quite a while. It disappeared!

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September 11, 20090 found this helpful

RE: Heat Marks on Wood Furniture

I have found the best way to get rid of the white rings from heat or moisture on furniture, I have tried with no luck using Mayonnaise, cigarette ashes, toothpaste, hot iron and towels and what I have found that works is the Mr. Clean Magic eraser dampen the eraser rub gently with the grain of the wood and then polishing as usual, I happen to like Armor All as a furniture polish, if it's not a bad white mark the magic eraser will removed it completely, if it solid white you may have to do it several times It may leave a bit of a ghost but that's still better than having a big white mark.


This was not a bad 1, you can see on the right it's gone. Now that I know how to fix them nobody's making them.

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October 22, 2013

Mark on dining table.I had a water mark on my dining table. I thought it would be no big deal to sand the whole finish off and stain and presto it would be beautiful, but oh was I wrong. I sanded and stained the spot and it turned much darker than the rest of the table. Then I sanded and stained again, still not fixing the problem. Then I tried bleach and sanding which then made the spot really light. I tried to make the spot bigger in hopes to blend it better and then stained again. And it is still turned much darker than the rest of the table. What is the best way to repair my table?

By Emily T

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March 16, 2013

How can I remove watermarks from the polished surface of a table?

By pwreford


March 28, 20130 found this helpful

This sounds ridiculous but try mayo. Just rub mayo on the mark and then rub in till it's all gone. It worked for me on my cedar chest.

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January 16, 2013

I have a light oak table with black water marks after a flower arrangement was placed on the table which sat there for a couple of weeks last June 2012. Also someone spilled wine or port on my table. Please help.

By Lorraine

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December 31, 2012

How do I remove water stains from light colored wood?

By D from Home


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January 2, 20130 found this helpful

I have never tried this myself but I am passing along a hint I saw from the Farmer's Almanac newsletter. It says to use mayonnaise to remove water stains from wood.


Perhaps you could try a small area where it doesnt show so much?

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December 11, 2012

How do I remove a water stain from my wooden dining room table?

By Linda D.


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December 12, 20120 found this helpful

Try rubbing it with the cut edge of a walnut.

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December 12, 2011

How do you remove water spots on a wood table?

By Sonny H. from Galveston, TX


January 20, 20120 found this helpful

Heat a dry iron, place 2 layers of a white t-shirt on top of the stain, press a few seconds, then peek under the t-shirt. Keep doing that until the stain is gone.

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January 13, 2015

My grandson was wet sanding his motercycle in the garage. I had a TV cabinet stored there and he splashed sanding water on it and left white marks. How do I get them off?

By Deanna S.

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November 11, 2013

I split a glass of water on a pine dresser and would like some advice as to how to remove it.

By Eileen

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September 23, 2013

I have an small antique table that my mother, for years, used to keep her prized African violets on. A lot of times she would over water and the excess would lay underneath the dish that they sat on. This destroyed the finish and penetrated the wood. I had no choice, but to strip the old finish off, but now there is a large darker ring that I'm afraid I can't get rid of. Any suggestions?

By Jack

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July 22, 2013

What is the iron cloth method to remove white water stains from a mahogany coffee table?

By Tricia H

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June 3, 2012

I stripped the varnish and stain from the wood and I am left with a large (12 inch) water ring. How can I get the whole top to mimic the stain?

By KRC from Sheboygan, WI

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