How to Get Water Stains Out of Baseboards

Baseboards are a common type of wall trim. These boards serve as a border between a wall and the floor. If you happen to notice white, hazy stains on your baseboards, you may be dealing with marks left behind by water. Mopping or spilling a drink without drying the baseboards properly can result in water stains. You can remove most water stains from baseboards by using one of several simple cleaning techniques.

Things You'll Need

  • Towel

  • Iron

  • Cloths

  • Furniture polish

  • Baking soda

  • Salt

  • Toothpaste

Iron Method

Step 1

Cover the soleplate of a warm iron with a clean, thick towel.

Step 2

Place the towel-covered iron onto the baseboard water stain and hold it there for approximately 5 seconds.

Step 3

Remove the iron. The heat from the iron is likely to draw the moisture from the baseboard, which will remove the stain.

Step 4

Polish the baseboard with furniture polish to restore its luster.

Polish Cleaners

Step 1

Make your own water-stain-removal polish. There are several options for this type of polish. Mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda with 1 teaspoon of water to form a paste. Another option is to mix 1 teaspoon of salt with a few drops of water. A ready-made polish you can use for this task is non-gel toothpaste.

Step 2

Dip a clean, soft cloth into the polish and use it to rub the polish onto the water stain.

Step 3

Wipe off the polish with a damp cloth.

Step 4

Shine the baseboard with furniture polish.

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