We just had a barbecue and at some point in the afternoon someone set a glass on my dining room table is it left one of those white rings. Can you tell me if there is a way to get rid of it?
I have a couple of great tips on how to remove white water rings, but first I want to caution you to not try either of these methods on antique furniture that has either a varnish or shellac finish. If your table is newer than the 1960’s you are safe, but any older and you should consult a professional furniture refinisher. Also if the rings are black, you need to consult a pro.
First, if you haven’t already, simply wait a couple of days to see if the ring fades on its own. Sometimes the moisture just needs to evaporate. If after two or three days you still have rings, try the following.
Process One: Use a hot iron (NO steam) on a smooth, lint-free cloth, such as an old non-printed t-shirt, placed over the stain, iron for only a few seconds. Remove the cloth, check the stain then repeat until the stain is gone. When the mark is gone, polish the table.
Process Two: Use a cotton cloth lightly dampened in a bit of real mayonnaise mixed with cigarette ashes and gently rub the water mark. You will most likely have to do this several times before the ring disappears. Once gone, remove the mayo residue form the table and polish as you typically would.
I have had great success with both of these methods, but if they don't work for you, you will need to consult with that professional furniture refinisher after all.