Home Improvement Expert Danny Lipford

How to Remove Water Stains from Furniture with Mayonnaise

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Table with water stains

This antique table is covered with water rings and spots

At my house, we’re normally very careful about using coasters, but sometimes a glass or dish will accidentally be placed on a wooden table, where the condensation collects to create an unsightly water stain. Those marks can easily be removed using a common ingredient that you probably have in your refrigerator – ordinary mayonnaise!

Applying mayonnaise to water stain on furniture

Apply mayonnaise to water stain

As soon as you see a water mark, gently blot the surface dry. Then apply a layer of mayonnaise with a spatula or paper towel. Leave it overnight, then wipe and buff with a clean cloth. No scrubbing needed.

It’s important to tackle the stain right away, before the water soaks underneath the finish and stains the wood itself. Not only will the stain be removed, but your furniture will have a wonderful luster from the rich polish.

It might seem strange (and smell a little funny), but consider that the primary ingredients in mayonnaise are eggs, oil, vinegar, and lemon juice, so it’s really nothing more than a homemade furniture polish! The combination of fat and mild acids penetrates the top layer of the finish to replace the water with nourishing oil.

Table after mayonnaise treatment

The same table after mayonnaise water stain treatment

The mayo treatment is convenient and will generally take care of most water marks. And it won’t harm your furniture or prevent you from trying other techniques, in the event of a stubborn stain.

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3 Comments on “How to Remove Water Stains from Furniture with Mayonnaise”

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  1. Colin_BULX Says:
    December 22nd, 2010 at 8:40 am

    Very interesting post, might need to try this one!

  2. Misty Says:
    August 22nd, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    What can I do if water stain has been there a couple of months?

  3. Gwen Ewing Says:
    July 12th, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    I am doing this right now! It is my mother’s dining room table my son used and abused. It is working, but I am going to leave the mayo on til tomorrow! I am so excited!

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