Water and moisture can cause major damages to wooden furniture, most especially if it was not attended to soon enough. Water can seep beneath the wooden surface and can affect the wood quality, can start the growth of mold, or can make the wood decay.
The key to saving your wooden furniture items from irreparable water damage is to act fast. As soon as you see water getting in contact with the wood, wipe it away.
Regardless of how alert you are when it comes to water damage, there are unavoidable times where water can leave marks on the wooden furniture and you have no other choice but to try so do-it-yourself damage control.
The good news you, there are some simple ways you can try to save your wooden furniture with just simple household items.
Toothpaste – Grab a non-gel toothpaste and apply it on the watermark on the wooden surface. Then, dab the toothpaste on the surface in a circular motion. Leave it for a few minutes. Then, wipe off the toothpaste and apply wood polish on the surface. If the watermarks aren’t gone after a few minutes, you can leave the toothpaste on for as long as 24 hours.
Petroleum Jelly – Get your trusty petroleum jelly and apply it on the affected portion. With a damp cloth, rub in on the surface that’s water damaged and leave it overnight. Wipe off the petroleum jelly the next day.
Baking soda with non-gel toothpaste – Combine equal parts of non-gel toothpaste and baking soda together. Apply the mixture on the affected portion of the wooden furniture and leave it for a few hours. Remove the mixture and apply wood polish to get back the wood’s luster.
If everything else fails, it’s best to call a wood restoration professional to fix the water damage problem.