Water stains on my oak dining table- help!

Kathleen Ursia
by Kathleen Ursia
  6 answers
  • Mark Canfield Mark Canfield on Jun 10, 2017
    I would try drawing the water out by placing a couple of layers of kitchen roll on the table and use a reasonably hot iron(without steam turned on:) ) place it repeatedly on the kitchen roll being careful not to scorch it.

  • Nicole Nicole on Jun 10, 2017
    Depending on the intensity of the stains there are various ways you might get rid of them:
    Apply equal parts of vinegar and olive oil with a soft cloth. Rub it in with the grain of the wood and shine it up afterwards with another (clean) soft cloth.
    Petroleum jelly (vaseline) rubbed on the stains and left there for about 24 hours before being removed with a soft cloth can help, too.
    Mayonaise rubbed on the wood is said to draw out the water to prevent it from warping.
    For more persistent stains, you can also use (non-gel) toothpaste or even a mix of white toothpaste and baking soda. Once again rub it on the stain parallel to the wood grain and then wipe it off with a clean soft cloth.
    After all of these methods you can then shine your cabinet with high quality furniture wax or citrus oils (lemon, orange).

  • Linda Barrett Dirksen Linda Barrett Dirksen on Jun 10, 2017
    If they are water stains, mayonnaise works sometimes, rub it in and cover with plastic. Let sit, Reapply if needed, then use a good quality oil based rub on the spot.

  • William William on Jun 10, 2017
    Use white toothpaste (not gel) and a damp cloth. A dab of toothpaste on the cloth and gently rub in a circular motion. Wipe off with another damp cloth. Then just polish and buff.

  • Barry Wilcox Barry Wilcox on Jun 10, 2017
    pour a small ammount of meths on it and light it.

  • Chloe Crabtree Chloe Crabtree on Jun 01, 2022

    Try Mayonnaise Apply a dab with a soft cloth and rub it into the mark in a circular motion. ...