How to remove stains from wood

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Written By AB Williams

Welcome! My name is AB Williams. Wood working is my passion.It became my passion after I’d finished college. Since then I’ve gained strong knowledge and skill set of woodworking and wood finishing.





Wood furniture’s are often used for indoor and outdoor area and hence are prone to stains. The wood furniture gets stained easily since it is a very delicate material. Stubborn stains like the stain of a teacup, or the stain left by a water spillage can cause extreme levels of distress to the owners. Many owners and users of wooden furniture’s tend to try different techniques and methods to remove such stubborn stains, however, they are not easy to clean. The stains cannot be cleaned using a simple washcloth with water, and neither can a detergent be used. Detergents contain chemicals and additives which cause the wood to be damaged, hence cleaning the stains using a detergent leads to the wood furniture being spoiled.

Although, the stubborn stains are not easy to clean, however choosing the right solution and cleaning equipment can solve the problem for many distressed owners. 

1. Using vinegar and water:

Combining vinegar and water can allow tough stains to be removed from the wood furniture, however, the mixture needs to be prepared with great caution. Only 1/3 portion of the mixture should be vinegar and the majority must be water since vinegar can cause damage to the wood. Spray the stained area with the mixture and wipe it with a soft cloth. Lemon juice and water can also be used instead of white vinegar.

2. Baking soda and water:

Hot cups tend to leave white marks on wooden furniture which cannot be removed using the vinegar and water solution. In order to get rid of such white stains, dissolved baking soda is highly recommended. Adding equal parts of baking soda and water to create the paste works in most cases. Apply the paste on the stain and remove it with a clean cloth. In order to remove the stain completely, spread the paste by rubbing the cloth in a circular motion.

3. Oil:

Alcohol-based products also leave white stains and marks on wooden furniture which cause the wood to be damaged further. In order to prevent alcohol stains from damaging the wood, removing them promptly is extremely important. Cooking oil and natural oil work miraculously for removing these stains.

4. Commercial stain remover:

Many companies produce different stain removers which work on all form of stains and can be used easily by the owners. Most of the stain removers available in the market have an easy to use mechanism and can be used on all forms of stains.

Many water stains remain on the wood furniture which can harm the furniture if they are left unattended. In order to remove this stain, using salt and water paste is recommended. The paste should be such that it does not contain excessive water since it might lead to further damaging the furniture. For removing water ring marks, using petroleum jelly is used. Cover the water ring stain with petroleum jelly and leave it overnight. Clean the petroleum jelly with a soft cloth. 

Wooden furniture’s get stained very frequently and cause high levels of distress to the owners. If the stains are not removed timely, they can cause damage to the furniture and the wood. In case the wood is cleaned using a detergent, there are high chances that the structure of the wood will be damaged, hence it is important to choose the cleaning method properly. Different methods mentioned above are suitable for different kinds of stain and cannot be used as a universal stain remover. However, the wood stain removers available in the market tend to work for all kinds of stains and are fairly easy to use. Although the stain removers are widely available and work efficiently, however, compared to the DIY stain removal methods, they are considered expensive. The other methods mentioned above require minimal equipment and can be made easily. Although these methods tend to work for the wood stains however, their composition needs to be very accurate. The water content of these mixtures and pastes should be kept minimal since water is the lead cause of damaging the wood. 

The methods mentioned above are a source of a stress reliever for many worried owners since wood stains occur very frequently.


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