Water is hardly a harsh chemical, but it can still badly stain home surfaces. In the bathroom and kitchen, removing water stains is a regular task; but if your ceiling has sprung a leak, or water has spilt on your table top one too many times, other approaches are necessary. This quick, handy guide explains how to remove water stains from wood, ceilings, and other types of household surfaces.
Removing Water Stains from Glass and Metal
You’ll have noticed that water – especially in ‘hard water’ areas – leaves a build-up of white calcium deposits on glass and metal, otherwise known as limescale. It’s worth saving yourself time and effort by trying a commercial cleaner designed to tackle limescale on your shower doors and kitchen sinks. These are usually incredibly effective – just follow the instructions on the label to get the best results – but when it comes to removing water stains, you can improve the performance of any commercial cleaner by applying it properly. These tips explain the basics of returning a shine to your glass and metal surfaces.
- Wipe off any residual product carefully. Just spraying a product on and swishing it around won’t necessarily leave you with a gleaming surface – wipe your surface or appliance down to avoid smears and ‘tide lines’ once your glass or metal is dry. If you’re working on windows, use a scrap of dry newspaper to buff them up to a real shine.
- Use a good, clean cloth. It should go without saying that a build up of cleaning product and dust can make cloths ineffective, so pop them in the laundry regularly to ensure the best results.
- Protect yourself! Your health is more important than getting a shiny worktop – look after your skin by wearing gloves, work in a well ventilated area, and use an apron to protect your clothes during the splashier tasks. Finally, always follow the safety instructions on the label of your chosen product carefully.
Removing Water Stains from Wood
Water stains on wood can be a little tricky to remove, but it is by no means impossible. Water stains will have a different appearance depending on how deep they are, and the finish of the wood they have damaged. White marks mean the water has only affected the surface or finish of the wood – these are easier to remove than dark water stains.
For surface water stains on wood, the following method is appropriate:
- Apply olive oil or an oil-based furniture polish directly on to the stain, and leave it to soak in overnight.
- If the mark remains, try vigorously rubbing white toothpaste into the stain.
- Wipe the surface clean and re-treat if necessary.
- To finish, apply an oil or wax-based furniture polish