Remove Water Stains from Wood Furniture

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Long ago I gave up trying to keep our furniture in pristine condition.  Our living room table is a battlefield of scars from toy car races, Lego-corner wood carving, and umbrella sword fighting.  It’s the cumulative damage of a five year old’s life well lived (and oft bandaged) and I generally just look past the blemishes when I reach for the TV remote.

The water stains, however, drive me a little crazy.  This simmering exasperation is likely an indicator of unresolved issues caused by the echoes of my mother’s shouted admonitions to “Put a coaster under that cup!”

Fortunately, there are some simple solutions to remove water marks from wood furniture courtesy of

First among their suggestions is to use cigarette ash to disguise the stain: “rub the cigarette ash into the mark using your finger. Buff it with furniture polish after…  You can also completely eliminate the stain using cigarette ash.  First, make a paste out of olive oil and cigarette ash. Work this slowly into the mark. You’ll see the stain coming out as you rub in the paste. This works best if your wood is dark and polished, like mahogany.”

If the stain is relatively new, you can undo some of the damage by removing the moisture trapped in the wood “…using a blow dryer.  Set the [dryer] to low heat, and direct it at the affected area. The stain will be gone soon.”  It sounds almost too good to be true, but the trick is confirmed by Home Made Mamas.  They say,

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!!

Well, there you go: a ringing and exclamation-point-filled endorsement of the hair dryer trick.  It’s quick and easy and much cheaper than years of therapy.

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