How to Remove Water Marks from Furniture

Someone forgot to use a coaster? Get rid of that unsightly white stain by using these methods.


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You Will Need

  • A rag
  • Toothpaste
  • Baking soda
  • A small bowl
  • ½ tsp. mayonnaise
  • Ashes from cigars, cigarettes, or burnt paper
  • Furniture polish


  1. Step 1

    Dampen a rag

    Dampen a rag and wring out the excess water.

  2. Step 2

    Mix toothpaste and baking soda

    Mix a paste of equal parts toothpaste and baking soda in the small bowl.

  3. Step 3

    Gently rub into stain

    Gently rub the paste into the stain with the damp rag.

  4. Repeat this process if it doesn't all come out the first time.

  5. Step 4

    Try mayonnaise and ashes paste

    Mix ½ teaspoon mayonnaise with enough ashes to make a thick paste.

  6. Step 5

    Rub the stain

    Dip the rag into the paste and rub the watermark until the stain disappears.

  7. A black stain means the stain has penetrated beyond the finish into the wood and will need to be stripped, sanded, and refinished.

  8. Step 6

    Wipe off paste and polish

    Wipe off the paste and polish the furniture as you normally would.

  9. Did you know? In 2009, a chair owned by Yves Saint Laurent and referred to as "The Dragons" was sold at a Christie's Auction House for $28.3 million.