How to Fix Water Stains on Furniture


It's not always easy to keep furniture looking like new. Life happens, and so do spills. Water can cause unsightly stains on furniture made from wood or leather. Water discolors leather, making it look patchy and cheap. Wood water marks appear white and change the appearance of the piece of furniture. Removal of water stains is possible, even if the stain is old.

Things You'll Need

  • Clean sponge
  • Leather conditioner
  • Toothpaste
  • Clean, damp cloths
  • Furniture polish

Leather Furniture

  • Soak a clean sponge in a bowl of room-temperature water.

  • Wring the sponge to get as much water out as possible, until it is almost dry.

  • Wipe the leather gently with the sponge, starting at the water stain and working outward until you reach the cushion edge.

  • Let air dry completely, then treat the leather furniture with a leather conditioner.

Wood Furniture

  • Rub toothpaste directly onto the water stain using a clean, damp cloth. Wipe in a circular motion until the stain is completely covered.

  • Remove the toothpaste from the wood furniture with a second clean, damp cloth.

  • Polish the wood using a regular furniture polish.

Tips & Warnings

  • Work on removing water stains on your furniture when you first notice them. Fresh stains are often easier to remove than old stains.
  • Severe water damage can ruin wood and leather furniture. If your furniture seems beyond repair, contact a professional furniture restorer for advice.

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