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Last post Fri, Jul 15 2011 9:30 PM by Juneflower. 4 replies.
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  • Wed, Jul 6 2011 9:05 PM

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    Water Spots

    Janice has a furniture maintenance issue. Can you help our reader?


    I have a cherry wood buffet and it has some water spots on it. Is there something I can try to get it off?

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  • Thu, Jul 7 2011 1:24 AM In reply to

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    My gramma is an antiques dealer and I've asked her about water spots before. She tells me it depends on the finish and the wood.

    If it's old fashioned varnish and the ring is just in the varnish, sometimes a BIT of white vinegar on a rag will wipe it out.  If it's thin varnish and the ring has stained the wood, then vinegar can make it worse (e.g. oak will darken).

    With newer urethane finishes...well, she hates urethane and won't discuss it.

     She ALWAYS recommends testing any method on an area of the finished wood that won't be seen, like on the back.

    She's also had me use mineral spirits or even turpentine to get stains and minor scratches out of varnish.  I think one of them melts the finish a bit so it sort of spreads out again.

     Then she asks me if she should send me more coasters and doilies so I don't mar my furniture anymore.  Gotta love grammas.

  • Sun, Jul 10 2011 5:43 PM In reply to

    Re: Water Spots

    One drop of doTerra lemon essential oil rubbed into the water spot with a soft cloth worked great on my oak end table. 


  • Wed, Jul 13 2011 9:39 AM In reply to

    Re: Water Spots

     Something that worked miracles for me was to rub the stained area with a cork.

  • Fri, Jul 15 2011 9:30 PM In reply to

    Re: Water Spots

    I've heard of rubbing the area with white cigarette ashes and a little turpentine.  If it is an old shellac finish, remove the section with a little Formby's or denatured alcohol, on the driest and lowest humidity day you can get, and then brush new white shellac (never used!) on with a fine-bristled artist's brush.


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