How to Remove Water Stains From a Lacquer Finish Wood Surface


Water stains appear as white rings or smudges on a wood surface with a lacquer finish. Water dries on the wood, but leaves behind minerals that show up as white stains or crust embedded into the surface of the wood. The minerals normally contain calcium or magnesium. Removing the stains completely requires a substance that softens their grasp on the wood surface.

Things You'll Need

  • Cloths
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Furniture polish
  • Rubbing alcohol

Petroleum Jelly

  • Wipe dust from the lacquer finish with a clean cloth.

  • Put 1 tsp. of petroleum jelly onto the water stains. Gently rub the jelly into the marks on the wood surface with your fingers. Allow the jelly to remain on the stains overnight.

  • Wipe the jelly from the wood surface with a damp sponge.

  • Spray the wood surface with furniture polish, and wipe it clean with a soft cloth.

Rubbing Alcohol

Tips & Warnings

  • Use coasters on wood surfaces to keep water stains from occurring.

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