Is it possible to get a Kool Aid stain out of exposed wood?

Leanna Mary
by Leanna Mary
I have a vintage drop leaf table similar to the one in the attached photo. I want to use a darker stain on the top and a lighter color stain on the rest.

About 2 summers ago I stripped it down to the bare wood. It has been stored uncovered in my daughter's enclosed, unheated and uninsulated porch. Yesterday she informed me that her two girls spilled Kool Aid on it. I haven't seen it yet.

Question 1: Is there a way to get the Pool Aid stain out? If yes, how.

Question 2: If there is no way to get the Kool Aid stain out will it show up as a dark spot? I do not want to use paint. Thank You!
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  5 answers
  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Jul 10, 2018

    Hi Leanna! I can only imagine the stain kool aid would leave. I would clean it first, trying to absorb as much as possible. Let it dry, and then move on to the big guns, stripping the color out, if possible with Citristrip. After residue is cleaned off I hope sanding fixes your problem. Good luck!

  • I would try some bleach diluted with water or Oxiclean dissolved in water. That might take it out without sanding.

  • Valleycat1 Valleycat1 on Jul 11, 2018

    If the kool aid stain does not come out, it probably will be a different shade if you just use stain as a finish. Any variation in color on the prepped surface will most likely be evident after staining. Using a darker stain would make it less noticeable. Depending on the location and extent of the stain, it might not be a problem.

  • Leanna Mary Leanna Mary on Jul 14, 2018


    Thank you Cynthia, Julianne and Et432206119 for responding to my questions. I do not know how long ago the koolaid aid got spilled or even the color of the stain. My daughter is supposed to be bringing the table to me this weekend. I will take a picture and share it asap.

    I am a bit concerned about the wood putty that I had used. It looks awful dark. I will include a picture of that also.

  • Michelle N. Michelle N. on Aug 06, 2018

    I would sand it out and then use a gel stain on the surface of the top. I recently used Minwax Gel Stain in Coffee color on some chairs. I was worried after the first coat that it wouldn't hide the imperfections. But, after 2 coats the color is beautiful & it was very forgiving as far as the areas that I couldn't sand completely.