Furniture Helpers: Banish Water Rings and Stains
You don’t have to cover every piece of wood furniture or stop entertaining because of the threat of water rings and water stains. Removing water stains is easier than you might think. Here are five great methods to try.
Remove Water Rings with an Iron
Cover the water ring on your furniture with a clean, white cotton dishcloth or white t-shirt. Set your iron to medium heat, but do not use steam. Iron the cloth or shirt, checking and repeating until the stain is gone. Idea courtesy of 7 Clever Home Tips to Save Your Sanity.
Petroleum Jelly to the Rescue
Fresh stains from last night’s party can be removed in the morning, if you just rub a little petroleum jelly (Vaseline) on the spots before you go to bed. Let it sit overnight, and then wipe away the petroleum jelly and the stain the next day.
Brush Away Water Rings
When that wet glass leaves a mark on your furniture, use non-gel toothpaste to brush it way. Apply the toothpaste with a damp cloth and then wipe it, and the ring, away for good.
Baking Soda Removes White Marks from Furniture
Sometimes the mark on your furniture is caused by a hot cup of coffee not necessarily the moisture of a sweating glass. To remove those tell-tale white rings, use a concoction of 1 tablespoon of baking soda and teaspoon of water. Do not add additional water. Use the resulting paste to gently rub the offending spot in a circular motion, until it comes out.
Just Add Salt
Another trick to try to get rid of watermarks: rub them with a paste of 1 teaspoon of salt and a few drops of water. The proper technique is simple. Rub the paste on to the furniture ring gently, using a soft cloth or sponge. Once the stain is removed, restore your furniture’s shine with furniture polish or furniture oil.