No matter how many coasters you set out, it's almost inevitable that someone will leave a drink on your hardwood furniture. To help rid your favourites pieces of unsightly water rings, all you need is a little toothpaste.
Home improvement weblog Charles and Hudson recently compared several different methods of water ring removal. They tried a baking soda and water mix, mayonnaise, and toothpaste. When all was said and done, they deemed toothpaste the most successful. Here's how to put it to work:
A white toothpaste is required for this so leave the gels in the bathroom. We had Sensodyne handy so we dabbed a bit of that directly on the water stain ring. As we gently rubbed the toothpaste along the line of the stain we saw it immediately disappear or lighten. You don't need to scrub very hard or for very long to see results. In fact scrubbing too long and outside the area of the stain could cause an even larger mark as it wears away the finish and top layer of wood.
Take proper care to go easy on the scrubbing as the harder and longer you scrub at the surface of your wood, the more likely you are to wear away at the finish instead of simply removing the water ring itself. Hit up Charles and Hudson for the full review of all three methods.
How To Remove Water Stain Circles From Wood Furniture [Charles and Hudson]