Water Bottle Stained Table

created on: 02/10/09

Hey all you master woodworkers? No, it's not a flower stenciled on my dining table, it's a water mark left by Mr. Mod and his water bottle. (I have yet to convince him of this.) Additionally, the table has taken a moisture beating with other late night glasses being carelessly left un-coastered. 

I'm a little gunshy when it comes to messing with the finish on a table. Tipnut offers some interesting ideas here with readily available household products, but before I start fiddling around, does anyone have any words of wisdom from experience with these home remedies?

  • Mix 50/50 toothpaste and baking soda, rub into mark. Do not use gel toothpaste for this.
  • Rub in a paste of salt and olive oil, allow to sit for up to an hour. Wipe off.
  • Rub in Miracle Whip (Mayonnaise) and wipe off after an hour.
  • Mix 50/50 vinegar and olive oil and rub into the watermark.
  • Try straight toothpaste (non-gel). Rub into the stain then wipe off.
  • Make a paste with baking soda and a few drops of water. Rub into stain then wipe off. You can also try salt instead of baking soda.
  • Rub some Vaseline (or other petroleum jelly) into the watermark and leave overnight. Wipe off in the morning.

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