How to Remove a White Water Stain From an Oak Table

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How to Remove a White Water Stain From an Oak Table
Oak wood is a popular choice for a varitey of items including furniture. (oak texture 4 image by Darko Veselinovic from Fotolia.com)

Oak wood has long been a popular choice for furniture, flooring and panelling. If cared for properly, oak tables can give you and your family a lifetime of use. Unfortunately, stains can ruin your oak table. Water stains present themselves as a white discolouration on your oak table. These stains can cause your oak table to look dingy and dirty. Fortunately, there are a variety of methods to remove white water stains and restore the look and finish of your oak table.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Iron
  • Towel
  • Non-gel toothpaste
  • Baking soda
  • Cloth
  • Mayonnaise
  • White spirit
  • Butter
  • Olive oil
  • Small container
  • Cigarette ash
  • Wood polish

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Instructions

    Iron Method

  1. 1

    Preheat your iron for several minutes. Set the iron to a low or medium setting.

  2. 2

    Lay a cotton towel on top of the white water stain.

  3. 3

    Rub the iron over the towel and water stain for several passes.

  4. 4

    Lift the towel to check the white water stain. If the stain presets, continue rubbing with the iron until the stain is no longer visible.

    Toothpaste Method

  1. 1

    Combine equal parts non-gel toothpaste and baking soda to form a paste.

  2. 2

    Spread the paste on the white water stain. Rub the stained area of the oak table in a circular motion with a soft, damp cloth.

  3. 3

    Wipe the paste from the table with a damp cloth.

  4. 4

    Reapply the paste and rub into the table until the stain is gone.

    Mayonnaise Method

  1. 1

    Dip a cloth into mayonnaise. Rub the water stain with the mayonnaise-covered cloth.

  2. 2

    Allow the mayonnaise to sit on the stain for 12 hours.

  3. 3

    Wipe the mayonnaise from the oak table with a damp cloth. Repeat the process until the stain is gone.

    White Spirit

  1. 1

    Saturate a clean cloth in white spirit.

  2. 2

    Rub the white water stain gently with the cloth. Rub in a circular motion.

  3. 3

    Observe the stained area for several minutes. The white spirit will soften the wax coating of the oak table, releasing and drying the white water stain.

    Butter Method

  1. 1

    Rub butter directly on the water-stained oak table. Allow the butter to sit on the table overnight.

  2. 2

    Wipe the butter off the oak table with a damp cloth.

  3. 3

    Polish the wood as usual.

    Olive Oil and Cigarette Ash Method

  1. 1

    Pour 1 tbsp of olive oil into a small container. Add enough cigarette ash to the oil to form a paste.

  2. 2

    Rub the paste on the white water stains with a soft cloth. Continue rubbing until the stain is no longer visible.

  3. 3

    Wipe the paste off the table with a clean, damp cloth.

  4. 4

    Polish the oak table as you normally would.

Tips and warnings

  • Test the stain removal method on an inconspicuous area of the oak table. If damage or discolouration occurs, discontinue use.

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