How to Remove Water Stains on Wood
Removing water stains from wood can be a little tricky, but it is by no means impossible. Water stains on wood 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, 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.
To deal with darker stains, you will need to strip back the surface of the wood with sandpaper and allow it to completely dry out, before tackling the colour of the stain:
- To make the stain lighter, very carefully apply a weak bleach solution, following the safety instructions on the label.
- To make the stain darker, apply an appropriate wood stain, once again according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Then, match the finish to the rest of the wood using varnish or furniture wax.
How to Remove Water Stains on Ceiling Tiles & Plaster
If you’ve had a burst pipe or a hole in the roof, there may be a water stain on the ceiling plaster or tiles as a result of the leak. It is essential to address the original problem before even thinking about how to remove the stain. The whole area must be completely dry before you can take the following steps to tackle the unsightly stain.
- Use a water and bleach solution to ‘disinfect’ and lighten the area of the stain. This will help keep mould from developing, and may reduce the darkness of the stain. Remember to mix the bleach according to the instructions on the label, and to follow any safety instructions.
- Paint an area slightly bigger than the stain with ‘stain blocking’ paint, and let it dry. This will keep the stain from remaining visible through a fresh coat of paint.
- Paint that fresh coat of paint over the same area. If there is a noticeable difference between the tone of the new paint and the rest of the ceiling, you will need to paint the rest of the ceiling as well to make sure the finish is uniform.
So there you have it – when a leak threatens during the wet months, you can be rest assured that removing water stains will remain simple! If you’re unsure whether these solutions will be enough for your water stain problem, check out our articles on removing mould and mildew for help with slightly more drastic situations.