How to remove white water spots on mahogany furniture

Updated February 21, 2017

Most people take great measures to keep valuable wood furniture in top condition, but it only takes one carelessly placed glass to leave a noticeable stain. Mahogany is a deep, rich-coloured furniture that lends a look of elegance to rooms, but even this wood's natural beauty cannot conceal the white stains that water leaves behind. In the interest of restoring your mahogany furniture to its previous flawless condition, water stains need to be dealt with promptly.

Iron method

Place a thick clean dry cloth over the affected area to cover it. Set your iron on a warm, not hot setting.

Press the iron to the cloth and hold it there for three to five seconds. As the water comes up from the wood, it will transfer to the cloth. Lift the cloth and visually inspect the area.

Move the cloth around as it begins to become damp so that the area over the stain is dry. Replace the cloth as needed and continue to press the iron to the area for a few seconds at a time until the stain is gone. Polish the area with furniture polish to bring back the shine.

Baking soda method

Mix baking soda and water into a thick paste.

Apply the paste to the water spots, making sure the entire stained area is covered with the paste. Allow the paste to stay on the area for two to three hours.

Wipe the paste away with a soft, clean, dry cloth. Polish the area with furniture polish to bring back the shine.


Avoid using harsh chemicals and abrasives that may damage the wood.

Things You'll Need

  • Clean cloth
  • Iron
  • Furniture polish
  • Baking soda
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