Is there a way to remove water spots on furniture?
Water Stained Furniture
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Water Stained Furniture
I have a cherry wood buffet, and it has some water spots on it. Is there something I can try to get it off?
Chemistry Works on Water Stained Furniture
Sometimes (not all the time) this works to get rid of water spots on wood furniture. Mix equal amounts of mayonnaise and ash (from fireplace). Cover the water spot and let sit for at least five minutes. Wipe off. You may have to re-apply a few times depending on the age of the spot. But even though I have never had any problems with using this, I would test it on an inconspicuous place first. Somehow the acid from the ash and the oil from the mayonnaise work together to rid the wood of the water spots.
Plain Old Peanut Butter to the Rescue
Oh Yes! The perfect solution! I used to do housework for a living. I saw a buffet that was in a house I was working in and smeared peanut butter on the three very large and very white "water stains" that were on it and left it there all day while I worked in the rest of the house. When the lady came home, I asked her if she was planning on asking her husband to replace the buffet. She said, "What do you mean? What did you do?" I took her to the dining room and showed her that the white stains were gone. She was astounded and thanked me profusely. She told me that she had borrowed the buffet from a friend for a Christmas party six months ago and was ashamed to return it because the poinsettia had leaked and someone had moved it twice making those terrible stains on it. She didn't know what to do about it. She was just floored to find that I had used plain old peanut butter to remove the stains. Other oily substances will work. However, some will make oil streaks in the wood, or are expensive, like lemon oil or almond sticks.
Recycle Your Nylons
Try spraying hair spray on an old nylon stocking and gently rubbing. Try this first on an inconspicuous spot. It has worked on water stained furniture for me.
Iron out the Stains
Remember the Furniture Guys? They ironed water spots and rings out of furniture by placing a tea towel over the spot and ironing.
Olive Oil and Salt
A mixture of table salt and olive oil rubbed in with a soft dry cloth has worked very well for me in fixing water stained furniture. You may need to let it sit a while before wiping the table clean with a soft dry cloth.
Instant Cure for Water Stained Furniture
For water spots on wood furniture, pour a little peppermint extract on the water spot and rub it into the wood. You will see the water spot disappear almost instantly.
Try Wood Repair "Markers"
Most hardware stores have wood repair "markers" in multiple colors that you can mix up or match to your exact finish. I do this for scratches, etc. I'd try one on a place that cannot be seen. Apply a little bit to the wood and see if it matches. If not, rub in a darker or lighter marker from the pack until you get a match.
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Success with Mayonnaise
I had some water spots on my table, and I remembered reading that you could take a napkin/paper towel and gently rub some mayonnaise on the spots. I let it sit that way for maybe 10 minutes before wiping it away. No more spots!
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