Black water stains on cherry table

Old 05-21-02, 07:29 AM
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Black water stains on cherry table

I recently stripped a cherry end table, and some black water stains remain. Apparently, a potted plant had been resting on the table top in the humidity of Florida for some time, and excess water from the plant must have remained under the pot for quite some time.

Anyway, after several bleach applications, about 75% of the stain has been removed. Note: I apply straight bleach to the whole table top; wait about 30 minutes, then wipe with vinegar-water mix.

Question: should I continue this process until the stain is gone? Will this cause any damage to the wood? Is there another method I should use?

Please advise.

Old 05-21-02, 09:48 PM
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Bleaching wood

What did you use to bleach?
Oxalic acid is preferred:

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This answer is from the Antique Furniture discussion board. Re: how to take out old black water stain? From: Jeff Jewitt Date: 2/1/99 Time: 10:58:50 PM Remote Name:

"Comments Oxalic acid crystals, dissolved in water is the first thing to try. Wipe the stain then the whole piece. Make sure the finish is removed and lightly sand it so that the bleach penetrates. Wait overnight to see if the stain is gone - another application may be required."

Jeff Jewitt

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