Thursday, February 16, 2012

Agghhh!!! Water Rings!

Unfortunately this happens all to often (especially if you have children or friends who haven't heard of coasters). You move a hot or cold drink only to find a big ugly water mark on your wooden table. Ughhh! Rebecca found this guy on her coffee table and thought the table was ruined. She tried a trick that had worked in the past, olive oil rubbed over the stain. Nothing. Homemade Nana suggested mayo on it. Nothing. Auntie said she had heard that regular toothpaste would remove a water ring. Again nothing! So we started scouring the internet and found howtogetridofstuff.com . They suggested using a hair dryer or an iron to get rid of water rings. Could that work here? We gave it a try.





We used a blow dryer on high. We held it fairly close to the stain. Slowly it stared disappearing! YEA!!!!


After about 20 minutes the stain was almost completely gone. We put a little olive oil on it to moisturize the wood. The results were amazing!!



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53 comments:

  1. wow!!! thanks... gonna try this on my china/wine cabinet!! I was thinking I'd have to strip it and paint it, to look like a decent piece of furniture again:)

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  2. I'm so glad I found you!! Woow woot! I am so doing this to my antique buffet. Some constructions guys put their cups on my buffet when they were here and ruined it with water rings. I'm a new follower!

    xo

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    1. No kidding! That is amazing. thanks for the great tip. I thought anything with a water ring on it was ruined. So happy to have this tip!

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  3. Glad you found something that worked so it didn't ruin the table !!

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  4. O.M.G. I had milk rings from when my son was a baby...he's 3 now...Thank you soooo much! Found this on Pinterest.

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  5. Just tried this on our wooden end table with rings that were cause by water condensation ... it resulted in taking the varnish sealant right off. Now I've got pitted rings and faded varnish in my wood from where the stains use to be. Not sure which is better -- the original rings or this end result.

    I suggest you use this method with caution.

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  6. I have done it with an iron over a towel and it worked wonders too. :)

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  7. I did this trick on a white steam mark that had been on my dining table for years. It took just a few minutes and came right out. So happy to not have to strategically place table runners or tablecloths to hide it anymore!

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  8. I had a white steam mark on my expensive kitchen table from someone putting something too hot on it. Everyone that looked at it said it needed to be refinished that was all that would fix it. This took about 45 min but I dare anyone to find where it was. Thanks!!!!

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    1. Please tell me what you used. I have a steam mark on my maple table and have tried mayo/oil/lemon . Afraid to use the iro

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    2. I just cleaned up a maple bedside table with an iron and cotton bedsheets. It works, just go slow, set the heat fairly low, and work slowly! If you feel it's getting too hot let it cool and try again. But you should be fine, good luck!

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  9. OMG My husband and I just tried this on an end table we were trying to sell. It not only had a ring, but multiple rings on top of the other. It was one big white spot. We didn't believe it would work but we tried it. The wood grain and color came back right before our eyes!!! Thank you, thank you for sharing this amazing trick!

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  10. Time will cure it too, the reason the ring is there is moisture trapped in the varnish. I put a hot pizza in it's box on my heirloom table and the moisture created a pizza sized white mark .... I debated over refinishing the top, but with two toddlers in the house it would be 'well loved' anyway. Now a year later, you can't even tell the pizza was ever there. The hair dryer simply speeds up the moisture removal process ... good tip!

    Lorena
    www.scrapingcorner.blogspot.com

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    1. I'm glad you posted this. I've got the same issue, but from fresh hot cookies cooling on newspaper. Several round white marks....

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    2. Time will NOT cure most water/steam stains! The issue should be addressed IMMEDIATELY if you want to save the piece of furniture. Sounds like Lorena got lucky.

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  11. This works but takes a long time - be prepared to spend some time with your blow dryer close to the wood.

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  12. Thanks for the tip! I will definitely try this!!

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  13. havent tried this but i tried the iron trick someone mentioned on a table that had a water stain for over 20 years and it got most of the coloring out of. Also got a 15 year old koolaid stain out of the table as well. young child and unprotected tables are bad.

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  14. Found you on Pinterest. Fantastic tip! The stain was gone in just a few minutes and saved having to sand and revarnish. Many thanks!

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  15. Would this work on wood floor water stains?

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  16. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I just used the iron idea on my table and it looks like brand new again! I have had it covered with a table cloth for over 7 years now! I am so happy!

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  17. probably won't work for a spot from nail polish remover will it?? think I need to re-finish...

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  18. Tried this trick on my dining table and it worked great! I had also tried the mayo and the olive oil with no success, so this was a pleasant surprise! Thanks!

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  19. I've just removed 7 rings from my danish sideboard (thanks to boyfriend). Tried the hairdryer, but ended up with the iron over paper towels. Slowly, slowly catchy monkey people...I needed a hot iron kept on the move to make it work well. I have some tiny bubbles in the varnish where I was distracted and held the iron in one place for too long (I thought this only had oil on it and I'm a trained restorer!!)which I rubbed back with fine abrasive paper and hit with the furniture polish. Marvellous!

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  20. Make a paste of ashes from the fireplace and water. Rub it around a little bit with a paper towel. Erases it like magic. Repeat if it doesn't quite get it all. Finish up with some Pledge revitalizing oil - if needed.

    I'm not sure if the kind of wood is important, but I was burning oak and hickory in my fireplace yesterday and used the ashes to fix a very ugly white mark left by a bowl of hot soup on my wood desk today.

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  21. Trying this now on a steam mark, looks like a miracle to me...thank you!!!

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  22. worked in 5 minutes for me with a blow dryer

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  23. Wow! So cool that it worked. I just pinned this. :)

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  25. What about hand sanitizer spots on wood ? It looks like water stains but its not any suggestions ??

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    1. I'm guessing it was the alcohol in the hand sanitizer - which can be very damaging to the finish. I did a search online. Several people suggested rubbing linseed oil or lemon oil on an alcohol stain on wood. Good luck! Let us know if you find something that works for you!

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  26. Really great tip for a water ring stain removal !
    I manage to find a great website with homemade stain removers and a tips on how to remove any stain here: How to remove stains .
    Tako a look, the site is fantastic !

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  27. I recieved a bought of Christmas flowers, they used fake ribbons, water leaked on to my maple table, it now has a pink water stain! Bewary of Christmas flowers,! I may try it!

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  28. I just tried it and it works!! Only used the hair dryer for about a minute then used the olive oil. I kept going back to check to see if the mark would return and it hasn't! Thank you for sharing....

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  29. I just forwarded this to my friend who has one on her dining room table. Thanks!

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  30. I've always made a past w/baking soda and rubbed it on. Always worked fine.

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  31. I used the iron but i placed 1 page from a news paper over the area (didnt want to ruin my iron) i started on the acrylic setting and went up to wool, wow what a difference it made most of the marks vanished but there was 1 large mark that didnt all vanish, so i tried the ciggy ash and oil paste, and there was some improvement but not all gone, i then got some brown hair dye! (i had miss read above and thought it said hair dye but it was hair dryer!!!) anyway put some hair dye on a tooth brush and rubbed it in left it for about 30-40 seconds wiped it off and buffed the whole thing with a mixture of 3 parts oil and 1 part vinegar WOW!!!! its as good as new, the stain was there before we were given this radiogram it had been used as a coffee table, now i have given it a new lease of life and it will be a blanket box!!! happy dance time lol

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  32. My stain was a cloudy mark in the finish, not a ring from water on a tablecloth. Last year I used the hair dryer on a stain with in 24 hr..worked great..tried it on an older stain and it did not work....I recently got another stain after a party and waited 2 days to tackle it, and hair dryer didn't work...I tried other trmts found on internet, not sure which did it or if the combo of 4 steps, but I removed the stain 2 days old and the stubborn one 3 yrs old....this is my trial and error and then success!

    1.hairdryer(still a stain) 2. Mayo, wax on wax off (still a stain but shiny table) 3.toothpaste in a circular motion with my finger (it faded a lot but still there ) 4. Mayo again and hairdryer for about 2-3 min..stain was gone...tried on 3yr old stain step 3 and 4 and my stain is finally gone. But I must tell u by using toothpaste, I have a small shiny spot now, but it is not as noticable as the water stain

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  33. Would it not make the wood swell? I have some water stains on my piano that I'd love to get rid of, but I'm afraid it would damage the sound. I've tried the mayo trick and it didn't erase it at all so I'm looking for other alternatives.

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  34. Will this work if water bubbled or warpped the wood from where the tornado knocked a whole in the roof and leaked water onto a glass top and wood coffee table. It bubbled right where the glass lays next to the wood.

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  35. Will this work if water bubbled or warpped the wood from where the tornado knocked a whole in the roof and leaked water onto a glass top and wood coffee table. It bubbled right where the glass lays next to the wood.

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  36. Tried this, but only seemed to bubble the varnish - stain was still there. So tried the iron on paper towel method from a comment. Took the stain out, but still bubbled up a bit. So I tried the fine sand paper and furniture polish also mentioned in a comment. End result is the water stain is gone, but the area is a different finish than the rest which reflects light differently. So, if you look straight down on the table it is adequate, but from any side angle, still an eyesore.

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  39. I've used the hot iron technique on water marks for YEARS - it has never NOT worked! Place an old tee shirt over the stain then press a hot iron on it (DRY IRON ONLY - NO STEAM)! Check every minute or two until it disappears. It won't take long at all. Works EVERY time! Good luck!

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  40. Looks amazing!!! You can use some vinegar to blot area or use hydrogen peroxide. Thanks for sharing.... gonna try this one.

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  41. Forget the blow dryer. I used it and nothing. Then I got a towel and a iron and in 15-30 seconds it was gone! Fantastic!!!

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  42. Yes it worked! Thank you! All those men talking about toothpaste, baking soda, mineral spirits and none of them worked. Takes a woman to solve this problem. Its so obvious actually isn't it? Hairdryer to dry out the water - of course!!!! Thanks!

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  43. wow i'm gonna try it ...about a month ago i bought a wooden table and with kids poof two or three water stains ....i freaked tried all kinds of tricks and nothing worked i will get to work on this asap thank you :)

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  44. omg wow this really does work and in super fast time

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  45. You can also place a cloth over it and use a warm iron. Move the iron around. Do not keep it in the same place for long. It does not take long at all. (Maybe 5-10 minutes) It worked for my wooden kitchen table.

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