How to Remove Different Types of Stains from Wood Furniture

Staining wood is one thing but getting actual stains on wood is a whole different story. But luckily, there are some DIY solutions you can use to get rid of those nasty stains from your wood furniture and flooring. Here are just some of the methods you can try.

How to Remove Dark Stains

When you fail to remove a stain immediately and let it dry on wood, it can leave dark marks. In this case, you will have to use either white vinegar or hydrogen peroxide.

  • White Vinegar

White vinegar is often used in many DIY cleaning solutions due to its acidity and disinfecting properties. And luckily, white vinegar’s acidic formula is just tough enough to use on stains without damaging the wood.

First, you’ll have to get some paper towels and soak them in vinegar. Next, you’ll need to cover the stain in the soaked paper towels, letting them sit there for at least half an hour. Once the vinegar has penetrated the stain, you can wipe the area with a clean damp cloth and let it dry for another half hour.

If the stain is still showing after applying the white vinegar to it, you can try adding some baking soda and scrubbing the area until the stain is gone. Don’t forget to wipe the area with a clean damp cloth afterward to ensure all residue is gone.

  • Hydrogen Peroxide

Since hydrogen peroxide is a chemical, it’s best to be safe when using it. You should also keep in mind that discoloration may happen if you let the hydrogen peroxide sit for too long. So, it’s best to get the over-the-counter ones that are only three percent hydrogen peroxide.

Dampen a clean cloth with the hydrogen peroxide and press it firmly onto the stain. Let the cloth sit there overnight to allow the wood to absorb the hydrogen peroxide. Remove the cloth in the morning and wipe the area with a clean damp cloth.

How to Remove Water Stains

While spilling water on clothes doesn’t really do much damage, the opposite can be said when it comes to wood. The presence of moisture in the wood not only damages it but also leaves a noticeable stain. Luckily, you can get that water stain out using some toothpaste or a clothes iron.

  • Toothpaste

Apply some non-whitening, non-gel toothpaste on a clean white cloth and gently rub it into the stain. Make sure you are going with the wood grain when doing this. Once a minute has passed, wipe the toothpaste away and check the stain. If the stain is still visible, repeat the process while being careful not to scrub the stain too hard.

  • Clothes Iron

If you were able to catch a water stain early, you might be able to use heat to evaporate the water. All you need to do is lay a cotton cloth over the stain and iron it as normal. Check the stain every so often and see if it’s gone. 

You can also use a hairdryer if you don’t have a clothes iron with you. However, it will take longer this way.


Stains can really mess up the aesthetics of your wood furniture and flooring. Luckily, you can try some of the DIY solutions above to get rid of those nasty stains. And the best thing about these DIY methods is that they usually involve items that are already in your home.

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