Removing Water Marks on Mahogany Furniture

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  • 1-2 hours
  • Beginner
  • 2-5
What You'll Need
Clean cloth
Furniture polish
Baking soda

Mahogany furniture has a distinctively deep, rich color that gives a touch of elegance to any room it graces. Any pretense of elegance, however, can be ruined by water stains that leave ugly white marks on the surface of the furniture. Therefore, it is vital to treat water stains immediately if you want to restore your mahogany furniture to its former condition. There are two methods for removing watermarks from mahogany furniture. You can either do it by using baking soda, or by using an iron.

Method 1: Removing the Stain with Baking Soda

Step 1 – Prepare the Mixture

Mix the baking soda with water to create a thick, substantial paste. Use as much baking soda as you need, so if you have multiple stains on multiple furnishings you are sure to make enough paste to do the entire job.

Step 2 – Apply the Mixture

Apply the paste generously to all of the water stains and spots on the affected furniture. Make sure that the entire surface of the stain is fully covered by the paste. Leave the stains covered for two to three hours.

Step 3 – Wipe the Paste Away

Wipe away the paste using a dry, clean cloth. You should use only a soft cloth so as not to damage the furniture’s surface. Lastly, you should apply polish to the furniture’s surface to bring back its shine.

Method 2: Removing the Stain with an Iron

Step 1 – Set Up your Cloth and Iron

Cover the stained area with a thick, clean cloth. Then, carefully set your iron to a warm setting. Do not set it on hot. If the iron is too hot you might damage your furniture further instead of restoring it.

Step 2 – Use the Iron

Apply the iron directly to the cloth, and press it for 3 to 5 seconds. By doing this, the water contained in the stains will evaporate and transfer itself from the furniture’s surface to the cloth. As soon as 5 seconds have passed, lift the cloth and inspect the area.

Step 3 – Repeat Accordingly

If you see that the cloth is becoming progressively damp, move it around so that the area over the stain dries itself. If the cloth becomes too damp to the touch, replace it with a dry cloth. Keep pressing the iron over the cloth for a few seconds at a time and inspect the results until you are satisfied with them. Once it passes inspection, apply furniture polish to the restored surface of the furniture to give it back its shine and luster.

Wooden furniture remains a favorite addition to any household, regardless of the fact that there are more practical and far cheaper types of furniture available to consumers nowadays. Naturally, wooden furniture needs to be maintained and taken good care of since one careless mistake may very well ruin it.

By following these few simple steps you will now be able to take better care of your valuable mahogany furniture and remove any future watermarks from it quickly, and effectively. As a further precaution, it might be a good idea to invest in a good set of coasters.