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How to Remove Water Marks from Wooden Furniture

How to Remove Water Marks from Wooden Furniture created by HokiesMom

My kids and former husband were bad about leaving their glass full of melting ice on top of their desks or next to their chair. I've found this works pretty well on most water stains on wooden furniture. This works best if you can get to the water mark earlier, rather than on one that has been there for years. This works best if you mix a little cigar or cigarette ashes in with your mayonnaise. Food.com doesn't recognize those items, so I couldn't list them in the ingredients. If you don't have cigar or cigarette ashes, the mayo alone works well, just not as well.

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  • Mix a little mayonnaise in with the ashes. (Food.com wouldn't let me list the ashes in the ingredients -- didn't recognize them as an ingredient.) :)
  • Rub the water spot gently. For really tough water marks, let it sit about 30 minutes.
  • Wipe the mayo mixture off and clean with furniture cleaner.
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"My kids and former husband were bad about leaving their glass full of melting ice on top of their desks or next to their chair. I've found this works pretty well on most water stains on wooden furniture. This works best if you can get to the water mark earlier, rather than on one that has been there for years. This works best if you mix a little cigar or cigarette ashes in with your mayonnaise. Food.com doesn't recognize those items, so I couldn't list them in the ingredients. If you don't have cigar or cigarette ashes, the mayo alone works well, just not as well."
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  1. LynneBethany
    I'm afraid I did not see the injunction to use cigar or cigarette ashes until after I had already tried this recipe. I'm rather glad because I might not have tried it (not having access to said ashes). I used ashes from our charcoal grill instead. They didn't smell at all. The water mark on our coffee table was made by steam from an iron, and was recent. I can still see the faintest ghost of the watermark there, but it ts not at all noticeable. What really impressed me was the way this concoction filled the scratches in the wood (which were very noticeable). It dyed them a dark color, and now they are almost invisible. Our coffee table looks almost new! Thank you for a very helpful recipe.
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  2. Dreamer in Ontario
    Although this did seem to reduce the stain, it didn't get rid of it. To be fair, it was an older water stain. I'll try it again if I get a fresher stain and I'll update the review at that time.
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  3. momaphet
    I rather not rate this as my stain was older and I tried it hoping it might work, but the recipe states it's best on newer stains. My one concern was the ash seemed to leave some grey behind so I had to clean it pretty vigorously to remove it all.
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  4. HokiesMom
    How to Remove Water Marks from Wooden Furniture Created by HokiesMom
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  5. HokiesMom
    This worked really well. I did not have "new" water marks but some older ones and also a steam stain on our old buffet table and this really helped reduce the definition of both of those stains. The steam stain actually was reduced by 50% of how visible it was before and that has been there for years!! This is one of the few times I'll be glad hubby smokes so I've asked him to keep some ashes in an old container for me so if a water mark appears I have some handy to mix with the mayo. Unlike the other reviewer the smell did not really bother me. Maybe it is because after working on the wood with this mixture I then used a good furniture polish to help regain some sheen? Thanks for sharing a wonderful way to preserve my wood! Found and tagged in 123 Hit Wonders!
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