Chances are if you have a wooden table, you would have seen water ring stains on the table before you wised up and purchased coasters to use. However, coasters can’t remove the old stains but thanks to some experts, it appears there are ways to remove the stubborn marks.
White Rings On The Table
If a white ring forms on the wooden table by glasses, it means moisture is trapped in the finish. It’s also a sign of a weak finish: the finish is wearing out and is not keeping the moisture out properly. It is only a surface damage and with quick action, there is still hope to salvage your table!
1. Hot air
Set the hairdryer to warm or low and move it back and forth directly over the mark. An alternative is to move the table to a dry area or set up a fan above the stain. If the wax finish on the wood heat up and melt slightly, buff with a soft rag once the water rings evaporate.
DON’T use furniture polish or wax and pour it over the stain. It’ll only prevent the moisture from escaping.
Use a white toothpaste, not gel, on a clean and dry cloth and dab the stain directly. Allow the toothpaste to sit for a few minutes before gently rubbing along the stain.
DON’T scrub too hard or too far outside the stain to prevent additional damage on the finish. Gel toothpaste and bleaching agents aren’t recommended.
Spread mayonnaise on the stain and let it sit for a few hours or overnight. Wipe it away after the waiting period. No scrubbing needed.
4. Baking soda and water
Mix a solution of baking soda and water using a 2:1 ratio in a small bowl. Use a soft and clean cloth to gently scrub the water rings. This lightens the mark so this step works best for recently created water rings stains.
Dark Rings On The Table
If your glass leaves behind a dark water ring instead of a white one, it means the water has soaked through the top layer of the finish and has been absorbed into the wood.
Since the damage is too deep, experts recommend the table to be refinished.
The best thing to do is to prevent water stains from happening at all. To prevent stains, apply a topcoat of conversion varnish on the surface of the table. Water will slide right off. Also, remember to use coasters!