How to Get Rid of Water Stains on Wood Tables

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How to Get Rid of Water Stains on Wood Tables
Forgetting a coaster can leave an unpleasant stain behind. (Thomas Northcut/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

From spilt glasses of water to forgetting to use a coaster, water stains can easily find their way onto wood tables leaving behind an unpleasant and highly noticeable stain. These ugly stains can detract from the wood's natural beauty if not taken care of promptly. An ingredient you may already have in your refrigerator is an effective tool for restoring your table to its previous stain-free beauty.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Clean cloth
  • Mayonnaise
  • Furniture polish

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  1. 1

    Blot the area with a clean, absorbent cloth to remove any moisture if the stain is fresh.

  2. 2

    Scoop up some mayonnaise with a clean, dry cloth.

  3. 3

    Rub the mayonnaise into the stain leaving a thick layer of mayonnaise on the stain.

  4. 4

    Allow the mayonnaise to remain on the stain overnight.

  5. 5

    Wipe away the residual mayonnaise in the morning.

  6. 6

    Polish the area with a wood furniture polish and a soft cloth to restore the wood's shine.

Tips and warnings

  • Mixing cigarette ashes into the mayonnaise can increase its effectiveness, but isn't necessary.

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