Easy Fix for Damaged Wood

I have used this method for over ten years. I somehow always inherit master bathrooms that are huge...but have problems...and always streaky water damaged wood is one of them. I have used this trick on vanities, furniture and now on this door. It is super simple and you only need petroleum jelly and a rag...and a teeny tiny bit of patience.
Here are the super easy steps:
Clean the area
Rub petroleum jelly into the wood.
Let sit for about one hour.
Wipe excess petroleum jelly off (you may need to do this over the course of a few days).
Minor water damage gone!
(there may be a small amount of residue on the surface...it soaks in and you can also wipe the surface clean)
Holly Lefevre
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  • Nicole Ianncelli Nicole Ianncelli on Dec 26, 2018

    Hi Holly, I have recently inherited the most gorgeous dining room set for my new home! However just like you, along with acquiring this gorgeous set, I also acquired a water mark on the table. I have been searching for any way possible to remove this round water mark (from glass/ice sweat) I have had no luck at all. The owner mentioned that even the maker (The Philadelphia House) could not remove it. I wanted to see what you would recommend as you have a lot of experience? I attached the only pic I have at the moment, it is hard to see it. Thank You, Happy Holidays!

  • Jim Jim on Feb 13, 2019

    Nail polish was spilled accidentally on our dining room table. it left a hugh mark that looks like it is down to the bare wood. Without stripping the whole table, is there something I can do to get it back to somewhat of its original appearance?

  • Avis Avis on Mar 05, 2019

    Any suggestions for water damaged laminate floors? They discontinued my floors and my living room needs to be replaced. I used the laminate floors throughout my downstairs & stairs.

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  • Nadine Hartman Bourne Nadine Hartman Bourne on Jul 29, 2017
    I am going to try this on my mothers old cedar chest, my dad dropped it off an few weeks ago and it is yucky looking. If I remember correctly it was used as a coffee table for a while when I was a kid.

    • Holly Lefevre Holly Lefevre on Aug 04, 2017
      I've tried it on a numbe rof different items and it has worked really well...just remember all wood is different...hope you get some good results.

  • Sharron Sonders Sharron Sonders on Feb 08, 2021

    I must try petroleum jelly on water spots. Who would think this could work. Thank you

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