Handy Household Tip: Removing Water Marks from Furniture

Our dining table has been used and loved.  For a dinner one evening I put a hot casserole dish on the table with a hot mat or dish towel underneath and after the meal was over, and the table cleared,….. oh no!, the hot casserole dish had left a terrible white mark.  Bummer.  I had always used toothpaste in the past to buff out light water marks on wood so I gave it a try, but that didn’t work.  Then I tried rubbing with fine steel wool and that didn’t work either.

After several months of hiding my shame under a table cloth I decided to get busy and find a solution.  I searched on the internet for a way to refurbish wood furniture.  The most common answer involved a belt sander and a bucket of wood stain.  Hmmmmm, that’s a bigger project than I was looking for.

Luckily I came across a blog on the website where someone suggested using the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to remove water spots.  Really?  I love that little cleaning product and thought that I couldn’t make it any worse so I gave it a try.


I dampened the Magic Eraser sponge and rubbed on the water marks, and then the entire table top.  It make the top look dull, like it had been lightly sanded.

I followed up with Old English Scratch Cover and then a final polish with Liquid Gold.  It worked!  I no longer have to hide my table top and I saved a lot of money and time.




















I hope you have enjoyed this HomeDecGal handy household tip.

Best Wishes,



  1. Lynne DePolitte at Aug 09, 2013 05:00:15

    Love this tip! I use Magic Erasers daily, on walls, cabinets, woodwork, etc. It is magic. Now it is even more magical. Thank you.

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