How to remove water stains from wood

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Water stains or hard water spots are caused by minerals and can be avoided completely by wiping your wood surfaces dry, while they are still wet, of course.

If it is too late for that now and there's a white circular ring on your beautiful wood table

Use a regular toothpaste

Regular toothpaste (not gel toothpaste) contains very fine abrasives and is a simple, yet effective way to eliminate white water marks on wood furniture.

  • 1. Slightly dampen a rag, apply a little white toothpaste.
  • 2. Gently rub into the spot.
  • 3. Dampen the rag again to remove the stain and any remaining toothpaste.
  • 4. Re-polish as you usually do.


In case your table is of particular value, antique or a family heirloom, you may want to contact a wood professional to help you out.

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