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The Wood Stain Help Blog April 26, 2011

Posted by Cathy in Commenting Tips, Stupid shit.

Help!  Set a laundry basket down on the pretty wood surface of my kitchen island not knowing it was wet. Bummer!!!

Wood Water Stain! S.O.S. = Save Our Surface.

This morning a lovely mark appeared on my wood surface. I’ve rubbed it with Goof-Off and Pledge, but the mark is still there. Batman suggested I check for a solution online.  Lots of good ideas, but which one should I try?


1. xbradtc - April 26, 2011

Where’s the “now’s a good time for new granite counter-tops” option?

2. Blackiswhite, Imperial Consigliere - April 26, 2011

That last one sounded kinda dirty.

Jus’ sayin’.

3. lauraw - April 26, 2011

What is the finish made out of?

That should help you determine what to wipe it with. I’ve seen denatured alcohol used that way to remove clouds from certain finishes, but you have to know which finish you are dealing with first or you’ll make things worse.

4. mare - April 26, 2011

I bet MJ did it and didn’t tell you.

5. skinbad - April 26, 2011

Looks to me like you need to replace the batteries in the bat signal.

6. Michael - April 26, 2011

We think its plain old varnish. Polyurethane would not have been damaged by a damp laundry basket.

7. geoff - April 26, 2011

I would give advice, but then you’d end up having to replace the top, then the table, then the room the table was in…

8. lauraw - April 26, 2011

Try the dry cloth pad + medium-heat iron trick first. As long as you don’t use steam, I don’t see how that could possibly hurt the finish.

9. daveintexas - April 26, 2011

You have to nuke it from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure.

10. Cathy - April 26, 2011

Where’s the “now’s a good time for new granite counter-tops” option?

Already got very nice granite counter tops, Xbrad. This is a center island piece of wood furniture that’s top table surface opens up to be double it’s size when you want to use the surface for entertaining… actually kinda cool. Hope you can show up for a meatup and see it sometime.

11. Tushar - April 26, 2011

Sand it down, apply new stain and then put a heavy polyurethane coat.

12. kevlarchick - April 27, 2011

Put that stuff they put on gym floors on there. That will seal it and allow for us to dance up there at the next meet up.

13. daveintexas - April 27, 2011

chewing gum?

14. Retired Geezer - April 27, 2011

…allow for us to dance up there at the next meet up.

*crosses fingers*

*checks prices of tiny video cameras*

15. OBF - April 27, 2011

Cut a hole in the center of the stain and call it a commode…and then call it a day. Come on people, think outside the box!

16. LC Aggie Sith - April 27, 2011

I’m with Tushar on this. Unless sex on the countertop is an option. Then I go with that one.

17. wamk - April 28, 2011

Just drape a tablecloth over it. Problem solved

18. MJ - April 28, 2011

Looks curiously like a horseshoe. Have it refinished professionally and send the bill to Mare.

19. Cathy - April 28, 2011

I applied a hot (dry) iron to the marks with a pressing cloth between the iron and the wood. The marks have diminished substantially.

Will keep all you Advice-buds posted…

20. Medium Bargain Blog - May 20, 2011

Details Medium Stain…

[…] a hot (dry) iron to the marks with a pressing cloth between the iron and the woo […]…

21. Granite Countertops Phoenix - September 17, 2011

I would obviously replace with granite counter tops but all kidding aside, I agree with Tushar on this one. I would sand it down,and refinish the top. It’s an island so it’s not connected to the other counters. Or, you could try calling the installer or manufacturer and check on a warranty and repair remedies. Thanks for sharing.

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