How to Remove White Water Stains From my Oak Table

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How to Remove White Water Stains From my Oak Table
Remove white water stains and water rings from an oak table using mayonnaise and a few household items. (coupe image by photlook from

Placing a glass or cup on a oak table may cause white stains due to condensation and drips and spills from the liquid in the glass. Even if a coaster or a tablecloth is used on top of the table, moisture can still build-up and soak through to the oak. Two types of white water stains may occur on your oak table, new stains and old stains. New stains can be wiped up using a dry paper towel or cloth. Old stains require more work and can be removed using a few household items.

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Things you need

  • Cloth
  • Mayonnaise
  • Spoon
  • Small bowl
  • Paper towel
  • Non-gel white toothpaste
  • Baking soda

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  1. 1

    Mix 1 tbsp of baking soda and 1 tbsp toothpaste together in a small bowl.

  2. 2

    Dip a cloth into the mixture. Using a circular motion, apply the mixture to the white water stain on the oak. Softly buff the mixture into the stain. Wipe off any excess mixture from the table.

  3. 3

    Apply a drop of mayonnaise to a damp, clean cloth.

  4. 4

    Place the moistened cloth over the stain on the table. Leave the moistened paper towel on the wood for 15 to 20 minutes.

  5. 5

    Check the stain after 15 minutes by looking under the paper towel. Add more mayonnaise and apply a moistened towel until the stain is completely removed.

  6. 6

    Wipe the surface of the oak clean, using a cloth moistened with warm water.

Tips and warnings

  • If you still can’t remove the stain, try denatured alcohol. Any alcohol applied to wood should be used with caution because you could destroy the finish of the oak table. Use a very small amount of the alcohol and make sure it is water-based.

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