How to Remove Colored Paper Stains From Wood Tables

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Things You'll Need

  • Baking soda

  • White vinegar or lemon juice

  • Damp sponge

You can use common household items to remove dye stains on wood tables and other furniture. Commercial cleaning products also can remove dye stains caused by colored paper, streamers and hair dye. Test the cleaning method on an inconspicuous place on the table to make sure it won't discolor or damage the wood more. In the event of wood fading, you can revive the table surface with special products that help conceal damaged or faded areas.


Step 1

Mix a combination of baking soda and white vinegar or lemon juice until it reaches a pastelike consistency.

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Step 2

Apply the paste to an inconspicuous area of your table to test for possible fading or damage to the finish.

Step 3

Apply the mixture to the stained area with a damp sponge and work gently in a circular motion to remove the stain.

Step 4

Rinse paste from the table with clean water or white vinegar. Allow the area to dry.

Step 5

Reapply more paste mixture to the stained area as necessary to remove the stain.


If the wood fades during the stain removal, buy a wood-cleaning product designed to cover up damaged or imperfect wood. These products can be found in home improvement or department stores where household cleaning supplies are sold. Wood-reviving products are sold in a variety of shades to match the color of your wood and conceal damaged areas. Specialized products, such as household cleaning sponges designed to remove tough stains from hard surfaces, also are available in the household cleaning section of stores. These products may be less abrasive than other methods and should be considered to reduce the risk of damage to your table or other wood furniture.


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