How to Repair Water Damage on a Wood Table

Updated March 23, 2017

Wooden tables are durable and elegant for everyday use. You can polish your wood and oil it regularly but it is still subject to everyday wear and tear. Your wood table is likely to sustain water damage from a spill, the rain or a water leak in the house. If the damage isn't too severe, it may be possible to repair it.

Place a soft, clean cloth over the water stain. Iron over the cloth for about 3 to 5 seconds and then lift the cloth. Repeat until the stain is gone.

Allow the water to dry from your wood table by placing it in an area receiving steady, warm air. Repair the water damage by taking a clean cloth dampened with a solution of equal quantities of toothpaste and baking soda. Rub the area with the solution. Use a clean cloth to buff away the solution.

Remove black spots on your wood table by stripping the finish and bleaching the wood. Black spots are caused when the water has seeped deep into the wood causing mildew. The bleach kills the mildew. After the bleach has completely dried, reapply the wood finish.

Remove white spots from your wood table by rubbing a cloth with camphor in the direction of the wood grain.

Rub butter over the damaged area. The butter will restore the moisture in your wood.

Things You'll Need

  • Soft cloth
  • Iron
  • Camphor
  • Butter
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About the Author

Monica Sethi Datta has been writing health-related articles since 2007 and editing since 2008. She has been published by "The Raven," "Campus Connection," and "BIFOCAL," an American Bar Association journal. She holds a Juris Doctor and health law certificate from the University of Maryland School of Law.