How do I remove a stain from an oak buffet?

Answered by Jeffrey ~ February 13, 2010 ~ No Comments

A stainless steel wine chiller was on top of my oak buffet overnight. Now there is a ring stain on the buffet. What can I use to remove the stain?

Joyce G. ~ Santa Barbara, California

Jeffrey Anderson

Hi Joyce, I will suggest the easiest remedy first. I have never tried this myself, but I have been told it works by people who have used this method to remove water stains from wood furniture. Lay a dry dishtowel over the stain, then take a clothes iron set on medium heat and iron the towel several times. Supposedly if you do this a few times, the stain will disappear.

Okay, the method I have used to remove water stains is to remove the finish off of the top of the buffet. Use a finish stripping product available from your home improvement store. then use a very fine sandpaper such as 400 or 600 grit to sand the stain. It may take a while, and be careful not to scratch the wood. If that doesn't remove the stain, you may need to bleach the wood with a wood bleach.

Once the stain is gone, then you need to restore the finish. Hopefully you know if it had a wood stained finish, or just had a wood sealant on it. If you are not sure, remove a drawer front, or door, and take it to a paint store to get their thoughts as to what finish it has, and how to reapply it.

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