Remove Water Stains From Unfinished Woods

Removing water stains from unfinished wood can be a challenge. There are many sources of water stains on unfinished wood surfaces. Although they often appear more permanent than those on finished wood, they are often easily removed using table salt and in some cases an iron.

Water stain on unfinished wood

Steps for Removing Water Stains on Untreated Wood

  1. Mix one teaspoon of salt with several drops of water to create a salt paste.
  2. Apply the paste to the stained wood.
  3. Use a clean, damp towel to gently rub the paste into the water marks.
  4. Rub until the stain is no longer being removed.
  5. Wipe the paste from the wood.
  6. Repeat until the stain is removed.

In certain cases you may find that the water stain still hasn't come out of the wood object. In this case you may need a more advanced cleaning approach using an iron.

Advanced Water Mark Removal from Wood Using an Iron

  1. Dry the wood by folding a clean, lint-free towel several times. 
  2. Place over the stained area and apply a dry, hot iron for five seconds. 
  3. Use a wood cleaning and moisturizing product to remove any remaining salt.

Hopefully these techniques have helped you to remove the water stain from the wood. We also have numerous cleaning videos on the site that can help you to avoid and remove water stains.