How To Remove White Water Spots From Wood Surfaces

How to Remove White Water Spots From Wood Surfaces \\ FancyFreeMe

Remember that pretty little dresser I showed you on Tuesday? Well, about a day after we received the I thought “I should really protect the top of this with a piece of glass.” Well, I didn’t have a piece of glass lying around, but I did have a runner. Good enough for now I thought.
Yeah, bad idea. A week later my husband spilled some whiskey, wiped it up and went along his way. The next day I saw white spots where the whiskey had stood. I FREAKED OUT alone in private of course.

I began scouring the web for ways to remove white spots from wood. Some sounded crazy like using an iron and a damp cloth to draw out the moisture or using a mayonnaise mixture that you are supposed to leave on for a couple of hours. Everything I found had mixed reviews of success. I finally decided to try the toothpaste remedy I found here.

How To Remove White Spots From Wood Surfaces Using Toothpaste

How to Remove White Water Spots From Wood Surfaces \\ FancyFreeMe

MATERIALS:

++ white toothpaste – clean cloth – wood polish, (not pictured)

MY PROCESS:
++ I cleared off the surface of the dresser and wiped away any dust. I then got a clean white cotton kitchen towel and a tube of the least colorful toothpaste in our house (the remedy I found called for white toothpaste)
++ I applied a bit at a time to sections of the spots and rubbed them lightly till my finger heated up and felt warm. I then wiped down the area with a dampened corner of the clean towel and then dried the spot with the cloth and moved on to another spot.

How to Remove White Water Spots From Wood Surfaces \\ FancyFreeMe
*Note: Some of the spots came back so I had to do this application a few times over. But all in all it took me maybe 30 minutes to resolve.

How to Remove White Water Spots From Wood Surfaces \\ FancyFreeMe
++ Once the spots were gone I cleaned and polished the wood with wood cleaner because the toothpaste kinda dulls the surface a bit.

How to Remove White Water Spots From Wood Surfaces \\ FancyFreeMe

How to Remove White Water Spots From Wood Surfaces \\ FancyFreeMe
I’m really happy with how this remedy worked and I ordered a piece of glass for the top of the dresser that same day. Lesson learned!

Have any home remedies of your own? I’d love to hear about them. 

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7 Responses to How To Remove White Water Spots From Wood Surfaces

  • Wow what a great trick! Now I wish their was a trick for repairing a spot where you’ve striped the wood stain without having to redo the whole thing. Thanks for sharing

    Corbin @ Decor-Eat

  • I am so doing this today – I have tried a bunch of remedies to get rid of white spots and they haven’t worked! Thank you Elisa!

    I have used toothpaste to get permanent marker off wood floors. It takes the shine off a bit on that application as well but does the trick! (Once upon a time my littlest and his friend, who were about 4 at the time, made a racetrack all the way around our family room floor with red and blue Sharpies. NOTHING would get the color off entirely besides toothpaste or baking soda, but the toothpaste was a little gentler.)

  • oh my gosh, this might be one of my favorite home remedies ever. i have some white spots i really need to tackle. i thought it was a lost cause, i looked for tips and tricks so many times. i am so, so happy you posted this. i happen to have some strawberries toms in my bathroom right now, so i am off to get rid of those pesky spots right now! thank you!!

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