Removing Water Marks on Mahogany Furniture

What You'll Need
Clean cloth
Furniture polish
Baking soda

Mahogany furniture has a distinctive deep and rich color which gives a touch of elegance to whichever room it is in. However, all pretense of elegance may be ruined by water stains, which leave white marks over the furniture’s surface. 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 to remove water marks from mahogany furniture—either 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 and substantial paste. Use as much baking soda as you need, so if you have multiple stains on multiple furnishings make sure to form a reasonable amount of paste.

Step 2 – Apply the Mixture

Apply the paste generously on all the water stains and spots on your furniture. Make sure that the entire surface of the stain is fully covered by the paste. Leave the stains covered with the baking soda paste for around two or three hours.

Step 3 – Wipe the Paste Away

Wipe away the paste using a dry, clean cloth. Try using a soft cloth so as not to damage the furniture’s surface. Finally, apply furniture polish on 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 on a warm, not hot, setting. If the iron is too hot you might damage your furniture further instead of restoring it.

Step 2 – Use the Iron

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

Step 3 – Repeat Accordingly

When 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 on pressing the iron over the cloth for a few seconds at a time and inspect until you are satisfied with the result. Finally, 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 even cheaper types of furniture nowadays. Naturally, wooden furniture needs to be maintained and taken good care of, since one careless mistake may well ruin it. By following these steps you will manage to take care of mahogany furniture and remove water marks effectively. As a further precaution it may be a good idea to invest in a few handy glass mats which can be easily made use of whenever you have guests around.