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.
++ white toothpaste – clean cloth – wood polish, (not pictured)
++ 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.
*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.
++ Once the spots were gone I cleaned and polished the wood with wood cleaner because the toothpaste kinda dulls the surface a bit.
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.