5 Easy Ways to Remove Water Stains from Wood


Water stains have a habit of showing on wood furniture. Sometimes they’re accidental, sometimes intentional, and sometimes they’re a mystery.

Either way, you don’t have to despair. Here’s a couple of ways to deal with water stains on wood.


But not just any toothpaste. Find some non-whitening, non-gel toothpaste. Apply it on the stain using the grain as a guide. Leave it for a few moments, then remove it and use a wood polish to make your wood shine again.

Steel Wool

Not everyone has this around the house, so if you have a lot of wood furniture, be sure to get some just in case. If you do have it, use it with lemon oil and gently rub the wood following the grain.

Be sure not to stray too far from the water stain as this may damage the finish.


This is a classic method but also one of the most dangerous. You’ll need a hairdryer that has a really low heat setting. Move it around while aiming the heat wave at the stain. Don’t make direct contact with the wood or stay too long in one spot, or the wood will overheat.

Petroleum Jelly

You can use this by applying it with a soft cloth into the stain. Rub gently in a circular motion. If it doesn’t go away fast, you may need to apply more of it and let it work for a couple of hours.

Specialized Products

There’s no shame in using a stain removal product. In fact, sometimes it’s best that you do this instead of relying on DIY methods.

However, keep in mind that some stain removers tend to be quite expensive. Still, as a bonus, some stain removers also add a layer of moisture protection, so that’s something to keep in mind.


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