How to Get Water Stains Off of Furniture

Those annoying water stains or rings pop up on furniture after water has been left to evaporate on the surface. Water contains minerals that leave behind white marks on furniture, and wiping the stains with a damp cloth does little to remove them. The water stains require a cleaning agent that can strip the minerals from the furniture without inflicting damage to the surface.


Remove water stains on furniture with toothpaste.
  1. Wipe dust from the furniture with a clean cloth.

  2. Place 1/4 inch of toothpaste onto a damp cloth. Gently rub the paste into the water stain using small, rotating motions.

  3. Wipe the paste from the furniture with a clean end of the damp cloth. If the water mark remains, apply additional toothpaste to the stain. Continue rubbing and inspecting the stain until removed from the furniture.

  4. Spray the surface with a furniture spray to restore any oils stripped during the stain removal process. Wipe the spray from the furniture with a soft cloth.


  1. Place 1 tsp. of mayonnaise on the water stain.

  2. Rub the mayonnaise gently into the stain. You may add 1 tsp. of cooled ashes from a cigar or cigarette to the mayonnaise to provide a slight abrasive action.

  3. Wipe the mayonnaise mixture from the furniture with a damp cloth. Apply additional mayonnaise if the stain remains. Continue adding, rubbing and removing the mayonnaise until the stain lifts completely from the furniture.

  4. Spray the furniture with polish, and wipe clean with a soft cloth.

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