You invited your friends for beer and pizza, and since you're all too busy watching a comedy film, you barely noticed all the mess you've made. When you started clearing up, you realized you forgot to bring out coasters for the beer bottles. Now, your beautiful antique living room table is ruined: there are white water marks all over the polished surface.
Before you wring your head in your hands and curse yourself, stop. There's still a solution for this unpleasant mess. You'll be surprised at how easy it is to bring back your table's flawless gleam.
Although they commonly appear in numerous household furniture, very few people know how water marks form. When you place something very cold or very hot on a wooden surface, the moisture or water from that object penetrates through the wood's protective finish, whether it's shellac, varnish or lacquer. The moisture is trapped below, causing the finish to look white and lose its transparency. These are the unpleasant white marks we see.
Plenty of objects can cause water marks to appear. Glasses, cups, and other drinking containers filled with liquid are common culprits. Hot pizza boxes can also cause the problem. Even a few careless raindrops from your umbrella that are left unwiped can cause the marks to appear.
White marks make your furniture look terrible, but the good news is you don't have to live with them. There are numerous methods to get rid of these furniture stains for good.
It's amazing how things we think we no longer need become useful sometimes. Take cigarette ash for example. Smokers discard it easily, but if you're one of those looking for a quick water mark solution, this does the trick. Here are two ways on how you can use cigarette ash.
This is a very easy tactic, and of all the available solutions, it's the one that's least likely to damage the finish. You'll need an oily, lubricant substance for this, such as liquid furniture polish, furniture wax, or even petroleum jelly. Apply the lubricant over the affected area, and allow it to sit there for eight hours. The trapped moisture under the wood's finish will be replaced by the lubricant.
Check the progress. If there's still a faint sign of the water mark, leave the lubricant for a few more hours. Check again, and if no more mark remains, wipe clean with a cloth. Voila! No more ugly water marks.
The white mark is caused by trapped moisture, which is water. It then makes sense that to eliminate it, you need to cause the water to evaporate, and the best way to do is is by directly applying heat. If you do this method properly, the stain will be gone in no time.
You can use either a flat iron or a blow dryer. If you're using the iron, place a clean towel over the affected surface first. Set the iron to moderate heat, then slowly run it over the wood. Make sure the setting isn't too hot, so you won't burn your surface. Raise the towel every now and then to check on your progress.
If you're afraid you'll burn yourself or the furniture with the flat iron, another option is using a blow dryer. Set the iron to low heat, and direct it at the affected area. The stain will be gone soon.
Alcohol can also leave marks on wooden surfaces, but if you know how to properly use it, you'll find out that it can also take out the dilemma quite effectively. First, get a clean cloth and dampen it with denatured alcohol. Very lightly pass it over the stain. The cloth should be moving, but just skimming the surface.
Remember, be very careful with this tactic. Using too much denatured alcohol can damage a water-based or lacquer finish, and dissolve a shellac finish. It's a good idea to use a small amount of alcohol at first, and just keep adding some if needed. Watch closely what happens. If you're not sure whether alcohol is compatible with the finish, try it on a very small area first. As long as this is done properly, you'll be able to remove the stains without worries.
Yes, you read it right. The gunk you place all over your hot dog can be used to remove the nasty water mark on wood. Of the many possible methods, this is perhaps the most unusual one, yet many people swear on how effective it is. Here's how.
When the stain is completely gone, wipe the wood with a clean paper towel. You can also apply a bit of furniture polish, to remove the mayo's scent.
There's really no use crying over spilled milk, or water, in your case. Instead of doing that, why don't you just try these wonder tactics? Your wooden table may be stained now, but if you properly try these tips, you'll restore its lovely gleam.
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