How Do I Get Watermarks Off a Wood Table?

Updated April 17, 2017

People place water glasses or potted plants all the time on top of wooden tables. However, these items are known to create moisture on the bottom of their surfaces and traps the water into the wood. This ultimately creates the white rings or unsightly water marks, which ruins the aesthetics of the table. However, there are known methods to have these removed and make your table good as new.

Shaving Cream And Mayonnaise

Use shaving cream, then mayonnaise over the watermarks. You can use any generic shaving cream and mayonnaise for this method. First spray on the shaving cream and let it sit for five minutes before wiping it off. Afterwords, spread a dab of mayonnaise on the marks, and wipe again. This will remove the stain.

Hair Dryer Or Heating Iron

Use a hair dryer or heating iron on the watermarks. If you use a heating iron, wrap it with a lint free cloth. Apply a circular motion around the marks with the hair dryer or heating iron so that you do not focus on a single spot or use too high a setting to damage the finish.

Absorbent Paper Towel

Place absorbent paper towels over the watermark. Leave it over the stain for a few hours until the paper towel picks up all the moisture. This method is only applicable for the watermarks that are caught immediately and not completely set into the wood yet.

Non-Gel White Toothpaste And Baking Soda

Mix equal amounts of non-gel white toothpaste and baking soda. Apply the mixture on a cloth, then wipe the stain using circular motions. Use this method only on highly finished wood.

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