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How to Remove Water Marks from Furniture

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


  • Step 1: Dampen a rag Dampen a rag and wring out the excess water.
  • Step 2: Mix toothpaste and baking soda Mix a paste of equal parts toothpaste and baking soda in the small bowl.
  • Step 3: Gently rub into stain Gently rub the paste into the stain with the damp rag.
  • TIP: Repeat this process if it doesn't all come out the first time.
  • Step 4: Try mayonnaise and ashes paste Mix ½ teaspoon mayonnaise with enough ashes to make a thick paste.
  • Step 5: Rub the stain Dip the rag into the paste and rub the watermark until the stain disappears.
  • TIP: A black stain means the stain has penetrated beyond the finish into the wood and will need to be stripped, sanded, and refinished.
  • Step 6: Wipe off paste and polish Wipe off the paste and polish the furniture as you normally would.
  • FACT: 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.

You Will Need

  • A rag
  • Toothpaste
  • Baking soda
  • A small bowl
  • u00bd tsp. mayonnaise
  • Ashes from cigars
  • cigarettes
  • or burnt paper
  • Furniture polish

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