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If possible, remove water rings from wood furniture while they're fresh by rubbing with a soft cloth. If water rings are set, you can apply an oil-based furniture polish. There are several other techniques you can try. You can apply mayonnaise liberally over the water ring and leave overnight, then wipe off with a soft dry cloth the next day. You can also try appling a small amount of non-gel toothpaste and baking soda to a damp cloth, then rub the stain lightly. Another technique is to apply a paste of cooking oil and salt, wait 15 minutes, then wipe off and polish as usual.
The cooking oil and salt paste is a miracle! My son sprayed Lysol on our new coffee table, creating a huge cloudy spot in the dark, high gloss finish; I was convinced we would have to have it refinished. I tried the salt solution and cannot even see where the spot was!
I tried the oil and salt and toothpaste on my table. Didn't work. Will buy some mayo tomorrow and give that a shot too. Its an old stain. Will probably have to polish it.
I also take a brown paper bag and run a warm iron over it. Takes the ring right off.
thank you for the seggestions
We own a Bed and Breakfast. Although we provide coasters for our end tables and dressers in the rooms, somehow people manage to put water glasses on them. I found on the satin finish that toothpaste works best and on the high gloss finish the mayonaise or salad oil works best. The toothpaste on the high gloss finish leaves a dull ring.
Apply a small amount of non-gel toothpaste to a damp, clean, lint-free cloth.
Rub toothpaste over the water spot.
Remove film with a clean, damp cloth.
Dry with a clean, dry cloth.
This works perfectly
The toothpaste/baking soda worked very well on a large water mark that had been on an antique elmwood table for several weeks!
I tried the mayonnaise on a old antique piece. I cleaned first with vinegar & water (50/50).Another tip I saw on this site. Came out beautifully. Piece had a white film and white rings on top.All gone.Price better then having piece refinished.