Simple Fixes for Stains on Wooden Furniture

Simple Fixes for Stains on Wooden Furniture

Written by Blake Sherman on 4/19/2021

Fixing Stains on Wooden Furniture

Sometimes, wood furniture will get damaged slightly from everyday activities. Don’t worry about those issues too much though, we have some tips and tricks to share with you. We have put together a simple list of remedies from our years of fixing returned, used and scratch & dent furniture.

Problems and Fixes

Removing water marks/rings from wooden furniture:


  1. Get an unused, clean thick paper or cloth blotter over the stain. and 
  2. press down with a warm iron, but not too hot; 
  3. repeat until moisture is lifted out of the stain. 
  4. If needed, use with cleaning polish or furniture grade wax.

Stains from milk or alcohol 

  1. Rub a liquid or paste wax into the affected area with your fingers. 
  2. If for some reason this doesn’t work, try to rub in a paste of boiled linseed oil and rottenstone paste, which can be found at most home improvement stores. 
  3. If the furniture piece has a dull finish, use powdered pumice instead. 
  4. After these steps are complete, wipe dry and polish.

White stain marks:

  1. Rub with a thin paste of wax and mineral spirits. 
  2. Once dry, apply a thin coat of wax or cleaning polish.

Candle Wax:


  1. Harden the wax with an ice cube, catching moisture as the ice melts. 
  2. Using your fingers, crumble off the wax. 
  3. Scrape the remaining wax gently with an old credit card. 
  4. Rub with a cloth dampened in mineral spirits. (Or, place a clean, thick blotter over stain and press down with a warm iron.)
  5. Rub the area with liquid polish.

Cigarette burns:

  1. Rub the area with a scratch-concealing polish. 
  2. If that fails, apply rottenstone paste (available at hardware stores).



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