As a kid, I remember Mom always telling me to use a coaster and not put my cups down on the table. Now understand it’s because she didn’t know how to remove water rings from wood table. Neither did I until my daughter taught me.
My daughter and her husband started their own resale business several years ago, and my daughter is in charge of cleaning, repairing, and refurbishing items before they resell them.
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She has learned quite a bit about doing most of the repairs through trial and error. So before I try anything, I always ask for her advice and expertise.
One of the things she learned and has worked so well for hers and others who have tried it is the following remedy to how to remove water rings from furniture. So if you were asking yourself, are water stains on wood permanent? They are not.
Not knowing how to remove water rings on wood furniture in the past meant I needed to cover it with something (probably why Grandma always used doilies…) or throw it out. I had no clue what to do.
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Another thing is that this tip works for an old wood table water stain, new water rings on wood, and it includes how to remove dark water stains from wood furniture too.
Before I share with you her remedy for how to repair water rings on wood furniture, I want you to see some of the things I have shared that she has repaired or refurbished – some for personal use:
Today she is sharing her tips on fixing water rings on wood furniture. Not only idoes this tip work for how to fix water rings on wood, but it also works to repair burns on wood tables, too:
“This is the best way I have found to fix burns and/or how to get rid of water rings on wood furniture easily on various wood tables.”
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“I have had many of these stains myself from my kids spilling a drink or setting a hot pan of cookies on it! This tip on how to remove rings from wood table and burns has worked well every time on my own and ones I have sold.”
It’s such a simple and easy way to remove water rings from wood table. Let’s get started!
Things you will need:
- Clean Towel (white is best, or at least one you know will not transfer color)
- Steam Iron with the steam turned on
Directions on how to get rid of water rings on wood table:
- Make sure the surface is clean and dry before you start removing water rings from furniture.
- Lay the towel over the marks and rotate the hot steam iron over the stain for about 3 to 5 seconds.
- Use the towel to rub the area you just heated with the iron to remove the moisture left by the steam iron.
- Check the spot to see if it is still there and repeat the process until it is gone.
For me, it has taken up to about 6 times to get the desired result. After removing water rings from wood re-seal the finish by using a little furniture polish or furniture wax to get it looking good again.
That’s it – for how to remove water rings from wood furniture! That’s all there is to it, and it takes just a couple of minutes, and you’re all set!
Make sure if you give this tip on how to remove water rings from table that you come back and share your results with us. We love to chat about how things worked out.
Do you have any other tips on how to fix items around the house instead of having to toss them out or live with them? Make sure to leave them in the comments below.
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Phyllis T. Pedreira says
I want to thank you very, very much for the above information.
You are very welcome!
Thanks for this! Me and my piano have a date with our iron this evening!
You are very welcome! Good Luck!
Do you think this would work on a pee spot on my dining room table? One of the cats piddled on the table, not sure how long it was there, but the surface is lifted. Will the heat steam the surface back down?
It should work! Since it is lifted I would try it without steam first and then with steam, if needed. If there’s a smell also you’re trying to fix I would try letting some baking soda sit on the area just pour it right on there for about 30min-1hr.
I hope that helps!
Pat Del Greco says
You used a steam iron on dry or with steam.
I hope that helps,
Anne Kingsbury says
Hang on that’s how I made the mark in the first place! I thought I’d iron something on my wood table. Put a towel to protect it but the steam obviously went through and now I have pale ghosting on the areas that I applied the heat and steam to. So confused.
The trick is to just heat the wax a little bit so it adheres to the wood again.
It probably got really hot if it was being ironed on. Just do it 30 seconds at a time to prevent permanent damage.
Since the wax may already be permanently damaged you can try something I have done before. Polish the table top with a little lemon essential oil, orange oil, olive oil, or avocado oil. Then try the iron again. If that fails there’s a product you can try. It works for me sometimes, but, not all the time. The oils listed above I have used and always seem to work. Any 1 of them should do the trick.
David Collins (@oledave1706) says
On white water spots, I have had good luck with GOJO water less hand cleaner. I use 0000 grade of steel wool, apply hand cleaner with the steel wool. use only light strokes in same direction as grain. Do not rub too hard. EASY STROKES! Will ironing take out dark water spots?
Thanks for the tip!
I haven’t tried this technique on dark water stains.
I can’t wait to try this on my boyfriend’s dresser… but what can I use to clean the top of the dresser from ash and maybe smoke built up???
Thanks for asking:
Lemon essential oil on a cotton pad or cotton ball you can also mix it in a small spray bottle with half witch hazel-half water and lemon essential oil. I use about 20-30 drops.
I hope that helps! Good luck!
This WORKED fantastic!! I couldn’t believe it. I had a dinner plate size water mark on my kitchen table from someone (who shall not be named) leaving a styrofoam lid from a leftover box overnight. I used the steam method and it came out within 2-3 tries. One tip is to wipe the area immediately with the towel after lifting the iron to remove the moisture from the steam.
I also tried it on my dining room table but had to switch to a dry iron method. I noticed my towel sticking to the surface of the table when using the steam method and it made a larger haze. I switched to a dry iron and rubbed the area in the direction of the grain as soon as I lifted the iron. The white water mark came up but the area that I worked on looked dull, so I went over it with some lemon oil. Look perfect!
Thank you for this!
You’re so very welcome and tha is for the tips!
I’m so happy ot worked for you!
Thanks for letting me know!
I was heartbroken at the sight of my table after Christmas. It is a focal point in our home and it had several watermarks. I read a suggestion to use mayonnaise, so I did and nothing. Today, I came upon this hack and tried it. IT WORKED!! Like a charm I might add. Thank you so much! My table looks like new.
I am so glad to hear that!
It makes me happy that you saved your table!
Thank you so much for sharing!
Happy New Year!
This worked like a charm! Thank you!!
Awesome thanks for letting me know!
I am glad it worked!
I have a leather steamer trunk that now has a white water ring from a planter. Will this method work on leather? I also inherited a cherry buffet that has 50 years of liquid gold buildup. Any suggestions on how to remove the buildup? Thanks for all the great information!
I asked my daughter since she is the one who wrote it all and here is what she said:
“Lemon Essential oil for the buildup, put it on a cotton pad you would use for your face and it’ll break thru the buildup quickly.
To restore the leather I would recommend Angelus leather products. I purchase mine from Frog Jelly Leather.
I would recommend painting the entire chest with the color you select so that if it doesn’t match exactly it won’t be that obvious and you can make it any color you want.
You would need the leather preparer (smallest bottle they sell) it’s like acetone just wipe it over the surface quickly on a cotton pad. Then you apply the leather paint color of your choice.
I pour a little on a sponge (non scrubby side) and start applying. You will want to do at least 2 coats. I use a blow dryer to dry them between coats.
Then finish it off with the Angelus Finisher. You can select glossy, satin, or matte finish this will seal and protect it.
The whole process is very easy and quick. It takes longer to paint my nails than it does to do this. You should be able to get the whole thing in an hour or less.”
I hope that helps! Let us know how it goes, for sure,
This really works! I just tried it. It only took three seconds if that. Thanks!!!!!
That’s great and you’re very welcome!
I love a good victory!
So glad I saw and saved this post…it really worked!!! Thanks for this awesome tip!!
Yay! I’m glad it worked!
Thanks for letting us know – I love a great victory!
I tried a baking soda, I tried vinegar, I tried car wax, went to the steam iron took about three times and it came out I am shocked thanks for the info
Awesome! Thanks for letting us know!