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How To Remove Water Stains from Wood

How-To Get Rid of Water Stains and White Rings from Furniture Easily with this one simple tip!

It's Easier Than You Think to Remove Water Stains from Wood

We've all been there.  You or a guest places something wet on your wood furniture.  You wince as you notice it but don't move it in time to prevent it.  If that's happened to you let me tell you how easy it is to remove water stains and white rings.

The other day I was expecting some last-minute house guests, had to get ready for my oldest son's graduation,  and was in a bit of a frenzy.

I was trying to get some cleaning done,  sprayed the mirror above my antique dresser with window cleaner, put the bottle of cleaner down, cleaned the mirror and walked away.

Antique oak dresser with a white mark left from a water stain - before

A few hours later one of my sons pointed out to me that the bottle was leaking and there was a puddle under it....when I lifted the bottle there was a large white ring.  UGH

I didn't do anything about it then other than to thoroughly dry off the dresser (blot, don't rub!) and then I waited.

One-Step Fix

Holloway House Lemon Oil and microfiber cloth

My guests came and we all had a great time and then they left....and after they drove away I pulled out my secret weapon to remove water stains.

I grabbed a bottle of Lemon Oil {Holloway House} and a microfiber rag.  That's it....that's all you need.

Small amount of lemon oil on a miicrofiber cloth- how to remove water stains from wood
Rubbing Lemon Oil into a water mark on wood

I placed a small amount of Lemon Oil on the microfiber rag and rubbed the water stain.

I rubbed the oil into the white ring, waited a few minutes and then buffed it gently.  That was all it took and the water stain was all but gone.

The after - water stain gone from wood

There is a very slight trace of it but I doubt anyone but me will notice it.

I also went ahead and rubbed the Lemon Oil on to the entire top of the dresser so that it all had the same tone and I was thrilled at how much better it looked.  Some of the smaller scratches and the overall dullness were gone.

Benefits of Lemon Oil on Wood

Before and After comparison - how to remove a water stain from wood

Lemon Oil doesn't have a strong scent and it works on natural woods.  It helps prevent cracking and drying and it removes dust, stains, and grease.  You can also use it to treat dust cloths (that will be another post!). There is a link above to the product on Amazon but it seems a little too pricey there and when I checked the Holloway House website their store locator page shows the product is available pretty much everywhere!

So there you have it - easy peasy!  Do you have any tips for removing water stains from furniture? I'd love to hear them.

Thanks so very much for stopping by.

hugs, mb new logo March 2016

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  1. Looks great!! Thanks for the tip. I've used the toothpaste trick... but wasn't exactly pleased with the results. Now I wonder if your method will work with leather. I thrifted a chest and mistakenly set a mason jar upside down on it and the humidity and heat evidently created some condensation which marked the leather top. 🙁

    1. Mary Beth says:

      I am so sorry about your chest 🙁 Hopefully, this will work. Please let me know if you get a chance. hugs, mb

  2. Denyse Paterniti says:

    I wonder if this would work on my hardwood floor? I'm going to try it. (I won't say what I did...lol)

    1. Mary Beth says:

      I hope it works! Let me know. 🙂 By the way, it's SO GOOD to see you! xo

  3. Will any brand of lemon oil work?? I do not see this one in my Google search. Thanks!!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Hi Natalie,

      I found the product on the Holloway House/Quick Shine website: https://www.hollowayhouse.net/product-category/products/ You have to scroll down the page to find it and it is MUCH less expensive from them (Holloway House) than from Amazon. The site also has a location finder that may help you find it locally: https://www.hollowayhouse.net/store-locator/ As far as other products/lemon oil that will work, I haven't tried any others so I am not sure but the bottle I have stated there are No silicones, No linseed oil, No Synthetics, and No Wax in the product. It does not have a label that tells me exactly what's in it, so I couldn't dig any deeper to find a similar one. I hope this info helps.

      Mary Beth