Having a beautiful piece of wooden furniture in any home definitely adds to its beauty. It gives any space that natural and antique look, making your space the envy of all. While wood is a great choice for home furniture, its does have one enemy - water! This shouldn't come as a surprise because must people with wooden furniture would always insist you use coasters when they serve you a drink.
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Even with all the caution and all, there are times when water would mysteriously find its way on the wood. This is really sad and annoying but it shouldn't really keep you sad. There are ways to remove these water mark stains. It gets really frustrating when you try to research ways to remove the water stain, only to find volumes of information but none seems to work. In this post, we are going to give you three main tips you can use. These are not just some random piece of information but have been tested to work. So here we go...
Ok I agree this is not what you were looking for. You probably were waiting for something more sophisticated but not all things in life should be that difficult. These water stains often appear as a white or somewhat cloudy appearance. If this is the color you notice on your furniture then that's a good thing. It means the water is still just trapped on the wood finish and has not gone deep into the wood. A darker color would mean the water has penetrated into the wood. This is usually more difficult to remove. So it's best you act as fast as possible.
So back to ironing. Just like you're guessing, go get some of your clothes - cotton material is more preferable. Lay it over the water stained spot and turn on the iron. Adjust the iron and set it on low and iron the cloth or napkin over the spot. Raise the cloth to see if the stain has gone. Repeat this a few times and hope it goes. The heat from the iron would vaporize the water stain. You can still attempt using a hand dryer to achieve similar results.
Yet another strange way to get out a water stain. I did not say the methods would be conventional as I'm willing to do anything to get that water out of my wooden furniture. Put the mayonnaise on the spot by applying it on a rag and rubbing it on the spot. Leave the smeared mayonnaise to sit for over an hour or overnight. Continue to apply the mayonnaise if you discover the previous smear is drying out. The basic logic in this is to use the oil in the mayonnaise to displace the water in the wood. Alternatively, if you do not have mayonnaise available at home, you can use petroleum jelly. It would have the same effect on the water stain. To make the oil more effective, you can add a bit of cigarette ash to to the stain. The water displacement should occur a bit more faster when this is done.
If the above two methods don't work for you, then you can try using toothpaste. Just go get the white, non-gel type. If you do not have at home, you would need to hurry and go get one. Just like you did with themayonnaise, get a rag and smear some toothpaste on it. Apply it on the water stain spot. It's important to know that toothpaste can wear away the finish of your furniture. To avoid this, ensure you concentrate your effort on just the stained spot.
All of these or any of them should give you results or reduce the effect. If none of these work, then it means the water has seeped into the wood. You may need to consult the professionals for assistance.