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How to Remove Stains from Wood

Wood furniture and floors are staples in many homes. While wood is a timeless material, it stains quite easily. Keep your wood floors looking nice, or restore an old piece of furniture, by removing water, heater, and dark stains. We have all the tips you need.

How to Remove Water Stains from Wood

Did a party guest forget to grab a coaster? Now there’s an unsightly white ring on your beautiful coffee table. Fortunately, you have several options for removing the water stain using ordinary household items. Here are a few methods to try:

  • Apply non-gel toothpaste to a soft cloth and rub it into the water ring. Then, wipe clean with a damp cloth. Allow the wood to dry before applying furniture polish.
  • Make a homemade paste with equal parts water and baking soda. Rub the stain in circular motions until it disappears. Wipe up the baking soda when you’re done.
  • Apply petroleum jelly to the watermark and let it sit overnight. In the morning, wipe up the jelly, and the stain should come with it.

How to Remove Heat Stains from Wood

Heat marks usually appear white. To remove them from lacquered wood surfaces, try this tip:

  • Create a paste using non-gel toothpaste and baking soda. Rub the mixture into the wood with a cloth until it feels warm. Wipe clean with a second damp cloth and dry immediately. You may need to repeat this process multiple times. When the mark is gone, revitalize the wood with furniture polish or oil.

How to Remove Dark Stains from Wood

If you stumble across a dark stain on your wood floor or furniture, you might wonder where it came from. Unless a dyed item left the mark, it could be a deeply penetrating water stain.

White rings form when water or steam damages the finish. However, black stains can develop if the water reaches the wood. As you can imagine, these types of stains are much more difficult to remove. Here are two methods to try:

  • Sand the dark stain with 100-grit sandpaper. To blend in the area, feather the edges with 150-grit sandpaper. Work with the grain, and don’t push too hard. Once you sand out the stain, apply several light coats of varnish to match the original finish. Feather the edges with #0000 super fine steel wool to blend with the surrounding wood. Finish with quality wood polish.
  • Wearing rubber gloves, dip a brush into a bowl of bleach and apply it lightly to the stained area. Allow the bleach to sit for a few hours as the stain fades back to its original color. Remove the bleach with a damp sponge, and apply vinegar to neutralize the wood and prevent further lightening. Let the wood dry and finish with stain, if necessary, followed by a quality wood polish.

Of course, the best way to remove wood stains is not to get them in the first place! Use coasters and trivets to protect your wood from water, heat, and dark stains.

If you’re unable to remove those pesky discolorations, you can always refurbish old wood furniture by painting it. Find the tips you need from Protect Painters.

House Cleaning Services from Molly Maid

For deep cleaning and stain removal in other areas of your home, turn to Molly Maid. We are dedicated to providing quality customer service. Our team is insured, licensed, and routinely monitored to ensure your complete satisfaction.

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