How to Get Water Stains Out of Baseboards

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Sometimes baseboards are painted a different color than the wall to add contrast and interest.
Sometimes baseboards are painted a different color than the wall to add contrast and interest. (Image: Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)

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

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

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

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

Polish the baseboard with furniture polish to restore its luster.

Polish Cleaners

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.

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

Wipe off the polish with a damp cloth.

Shine the baseboard with furniture polish.

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