Timber furniture, from stores like Furniture Design Australia, is beautiful when properly cared for. All spills, whether liquid or not, need to be wiped up as soon as possible to prevent staining. Sometimes, a spill goes unnoticed, or you do not realize that the underside of a tablecloth is wet. This results in a white water mark that requires special treatment. If you place something hot on the timber, you will end up with a white mark that needs a different treatment to get rid of it. Here are a few tips to restore timber furniture to its full beauty without stripping the finishing and having to stain and varnish the piece again.
Water marks are not just from water. Any liquid that rests on the wood will leave a mark. Small droplets of condensation dripping down the side of a glass will leave a white ring where the glass sat. Luckily, there are a few simple tricks to getting rid of the mark.
It could be a box of pizza that was just delivered or a warm casserole that you set on the table for dinner that caused the white mark. The moist heat seeps under the varnish and causes a cloudy, white mark. To get rid of it, you need to apply more heat. Cover the area with a cotton dishtowel. Set your iron to a temperature that allows for steam. Once the iron has heated, turn the steam option on and iron the towel normally. After every couple of passes, lift the towel and check on the stain. It should only take a minute or two before the mark is gone.
If you are not sure what caused the mark, it is best to use one of the techniques for removing a water stain first. This keeps you from causing a heat mark by using the iron. On marks that have been there for a while, you may need to perform the treatment a couple of times before the mark is completely and permanently removed.Share