How to Repair Water Damage on a Coffee Table


Despite your best intentions, water damage happens to most pieces of wood furniture, including coffee tables. If you use your coffee table for holding drinks or food, even regular use of coasters can't prevent the occasional spill or droplets of sweat from a glass on a hot day. Most water damage has a milky, white appearance on furniture. It looks as if you could just wipe it away, but despite your efforts, the white marks stay put. If you are looking for an easy way to repair your coffee table's water damage, try a few simple steps with a common condiment you probably have in your fridge.

Things You'll Need

  • Mayonnaise
  • Clean cloths
  • Water-repellent furniture polish
  • Allow the stained area to dry completely if you're working with a new water spill.

  • Apply a large scoop of mayonnaise to one of your cloths. Use the cloth to rub the mayonnaise into the water stains. Let sit for several hours or overnight.

  • Wipe away the excess mayonnaise. If some mayo remains on the wood, rub it into the wood. Wipe with a clean cloth.

  • Inspect the table to make certain all of the water stains are gone. If they are still visible, allow the stained area to dry and repeat the mayonnaise application and removal.

  • Apply a water-repellent furniture polish according to the instructions on the label to prevent further water damage to your coffee table.

Tips & Warnings

  • If the water has penetrated deep into the wood and has left a bubbling beneath the surface, you will need to strip the finish on the table and refinish it once it has dried.

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