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Here's how to clean a white mark left on wood furniture by water or steam.

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: A few minutes

Here's How:

  1. Spread about 2 Tablespoons of mayonnaise on a paper towel.
  2. Place the paper towel on the white water mark. Press lightly.
  3. Leave the mayonnaise on the stain about 15 minutes.
  4. Lift the paper towel and check the stain. If the mark remains, rub more mayo into it again and check it later.
  5. Stain should be gone. Reapply if necessary.
  6. Consult a furniture or antiques expert in your area if more elaborate repairs are needed.
  7. See TIPS below for important information.


  1. Follow manufacturer's instructions for the particular finish of your furniture.
  2. The sooner a white mark is treated, the better.
  3. If in doubt, test the procedure in an inconspicuous area first.
  4. If you don't have mayonnaise, you can substitute oil. Leave the mayo or oil on overnight for older stains.
  5. Call a refinishing specialist for advice if stain is stubborn or old. Get professional advice from an antiques expert when dealing with valuable furnishings.
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