How To Remove Water Marks

If you know how to remove water marks and stains from the surfaces in and around your home, you’ll feel a lot less panicked when you spy an unsightly water stain on your antique dining room table. Not always true stains, these harmless sounding stains can also be incredibly challenging to remove if not treated swiftly. As with all stains, whether sticky or chemical based, the sooner that you treat a stain the better your odds are at completely getting rid of it.

How To Remove Water Marks And Stains

There is a reason that coasters were created for use on dining and coffee tables. Without a coaster, a sweating glass can result in watermarks and water stains that are not only unsightly but also have the potential to ruin the finish on your wooden furniture. Thankfully, there are a few simply tricks and steps that will swiftly get rid of these irksome marks and stains. When you have taken the time to learn how to remove water marks or water stains, you’ll be able to effortlessly tackle even the largest of stains on your hardwood floors or your leather sofa.

How To Remove Water Marks And Stains From Wooden Surface

What You Will Need Before You Start

  • Lint-free cloth like a linen napkin or table cloth
  • Clothes iron or blow dryer
  • Furniture polish

Whether the water stain is a few hours old or a few months old, there are actually a few very effective methods of removing the unsightly stain. Whatever you do, you should not scrub at it, scratch at it, or use any type of abrasive materials on the marks. Doing so will very likely scratch the finish on the furniture or otherwise warp the wood.

  1. Place a lint-free cloth over the water mark; be sure that you use a non-textured cloth like a linen napkin or a table cloth.
  2. Heat up your iron or blow dryer and run it over the cloth lightly.
  3. Remove the cloth and examine the stain, it should be a lot less noticeable now.
  4. Repeat as many times as needed, until the stain is no longer visible.
  5. Clean and polish the furniture or wooden floor with a quality wood polish in order to restore its natural shine and luster.

A good finish on your furniture and wooden floors can help to prevent additional stains from setting into the wood, so be sure that at the very least you treat your floors before allowing the members of your family to walk on them.

How To Remove Water Marks And Stains From Leather or Suede

What You Will Need Before You Start

  • Clean lint-free cloths
  • Leather conditioning polish
  • Blow dryer

Whether you have a stain on your fabulous new leather jacket or on your leather or suede couch, it can be incredibly frustrating to consider your options. However, it is actually fairly simple to remove the stains, with just a little bit of careful work.

  1. Completely soak a lint-free cloth with warm water and wring it out as dry as possible.
  2. Starting at the outer edges of the stain, soak the stain with the cloth in order to reactivate the stain.
  3. Take another cloth and press it firmly over the now damp spot on the leather, in order to absorb the moisture.
  4. Place another clean cloth over the stained area and set your blow dryer to a low heat, carefully run it over the cloth at about 4 inches from the cloth.
  5. Lift the cloth up and observe the stain, it should be greatly diminished. You may need to run the blow dryer over it a few more times, but it should also come out very swiftly.
  6. Clean and condition the furniture using a quality polish.

If the stain is very severe or you have having difficulty removing it, you may need to call in the professionals in order to fully restore it to pristine condition.

How To Remove Water Marks And Stains From Marble or Granite

What You Will Need Before You Start

  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Lint-free cleaning cloth
  • Ammonia
  • Vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Clean sponge

The marble or granite surfaces in your home are a high-end addition to your home’s beauty. If you know how to remove water marks and stains from these porous surfaces, you can ensure that your counters look lovely for many years to come.

  1. Soak a lint-free cleaning cloth in a bit of hydrogen peroxide and place it over the stain, leave it over the stain overnight.
  2. In the morning, rinse the marble or granite clean with cold water.
  3. Mix ¼ cup of white vinegar, ½ cup of ammonia, and ¼ cup of baking soda with ½ gallon of warm water. It will start to foam, but that is normal!
  4. Apply the cleaning solution to the marble or granite surface, using a clean sponge. Allow it to sit on the surface for up to five minutes.
  5. Rinse clean and then dry with another lint-free cleaning cloth.

If you are struggling to remove the stain then you may need to consider a professional cleaning in order to restore the original sheen to the marble or granite surfaces.


Taking the time to learn how to remove water marks and stains from the surfaces in your home can save you a lot of time and stress that would otherwise be spent inadvertently making the damage a lot worse. Remember that when it comes to stain removal you should take the time to do things slowly and right, the first time.