Did your recent party leave horrible water marks on your wood furniture? Don’t worry – we have you covered!

White water rings are caused by a hot or cold item – like a cup or plate – touching the surface…

This causes moisture to become trapped, and it then sinks into the wood. This alters the appearance of the finish.

The good news is that the water has not actually damaged the wood itself

There are a few effective home remedies you can try, all of them involving an oil-based item which will ‘feed’ the wood and restore the lustre.

Two particularly effective combinations are mayonnaise gently worked into the surface and wiped away, and petroleum jelly (Vaseline) left to soak into the stain overnight and then buffed to a shine.

If you find even these don’t fully address the issue, however, it’s time to break out the big guns

Grab your iron and a padding towel.

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Turn off all steam settings – you don’t want to make the water problem worse – and run the iron over the stain for a few careful passes, keeping the cloth between the iron and wood.

Evaluate your progress as you go. This will help release the trapped water and bring back the lustre of the wood’s finish. White rings gone for good!