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Iron Your Coffee Table To Make It Perfect Again

After years of trying to get rid of water stains on my wood tables, I found this trick online. The recommendation was to iron my tables.
I have to be honest, I was quite hesitant to take a hot iron to any of my precious wooden tables. After all, wooden tables are my weakness. I love transforming them ~you can peek at what I did to my old kitchen table by clicking here ~ but since they were already so damaged and I didn't want to refinish them unless absolutely necessary, I was willing to try just about anything. Scary? Yes, but they really couldn't get any worse looking and in the end, this method worked like a charm. (You can check out a creative living room table transformation by clicking here!)
I placed a cotton shirt between the iron and the table and applied pressure, in a swirling motion to distribute the heat evenly and when I was done, the water stains had completely and totally disappeared.
There was no damage to the wood from the iron either. ***If you would like to see more of this process and the other tables I tackled, you can check out the full post on my website.***

Materials I used for this project:

  • Iron
  • Cotton T-Shirt or Rag

To see more: http://www.exquisitelyunremarkable.com/2016/04/how-to-remove-water-stains-from-wood.html

  • Tikva Morrow
    Tikva Morrow
    on Aug 29, 2016

    First of all, this is brilliant! Second, I'm suuuper curious about the back story of that baked potato...

  • Laurie
    Laurie Canada
    on Aug 29, 2016

    Thanks do much for posting this! Great way to save otherwise ruined wood furniture!

  • Mfbandit769
    Mfbandit769 Tallahassee, FL
    on Aug 29, 2016

    Watermarks are simply a discoloration of the wax on the furniture...it is not damage to the wood.

  • Shopperusa
    Shopperusa Naperville, IL
    on Aug 29, 2016

    I had a similar problem with my wood floors and I used liquid Murphy's Oil Soap, and it took it right off, but it was slightly oily, so afterward I wiped it with clear water and the floors look shiny and brand new again. It was a shocking difference.

  • Julie
    Julie Clio, MI
    on Aug 29, 2016

    I would live with the little spots as manufacturers tell you not to apply steam to wood. That is why we use trivets on a table. I am happy you like the results but this could be disastrous depending on what the table is made of and the actual finish on the table.

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