How to Get a Water Ring Off of a Coffee Table

There are many things that can cause damage to your coffee table, and one of them are water rings.

A wood coffee table can be damaged by water.A wood coffee table can be damaged by water.
Water rings can be caused by either a hot or cold drink, a hot plate, wet glasses or even a vase. When you first notice one of these water rings, it can seem hopeless to try to remove it. The water ring might seem embedded into the wood grain of your coffee table. However, with a few regular household items and the right cleaning methods, you can get a water ring off your coffee table.

Put a thick towel on top of the water ring on your coffee table.

Turn your iron on a dry, low or medium setting and let it warm up.

Put the iron on top of the thick towel on your coffee table, and leave it there for about ten seconds. This will loosen the water mark and transfer some of the moisture to the towel.

Create a cleaning solution of one teaspoon of water and one tablespoon of baking soda. This will create a paste.

Lift the towel from your coffee table and apply the paste directly to the remaining water ring stain. Use a cloth to massage the paste into the stain using circular motions.

Wipe away the cleaning solution and check the water ring. If you can still see it faintly, make a new cleaning solution out of equal parts of olive oil and vinegar.

Apply a small amount of the vinegar and olive oil solution to the water ring, and use a cloth to scrub the stain gently, going with the grain of your coffee table.

Get a new cloth and buff the coffee table until it is dry. The olive oil will leave a nice shine.

Things You Will Need

  • Thick towel
  • Iron
  • Cloth
  • Water
  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar
  • Olive oil

About the Author

J. Johnson has been completing freelance writing work since September 2009. Her work includes writing website content and small client projects. Johnson holds a degree in English from North Carolina State University.