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How To Get Rid of Water Marks on Kitchen Cabinets

If you’ve noticed water marks on your wooden kitchen cabinets, don’t despair — they can be removed easily and quickly with common household items. Here’s how to do it:

Use a Paste Wax

This is a quick and simple fix for most cabinet types. Using a paste wax and a clean cloth, apply the wax to the watermarks as directed and polish the surface until it shines. Be sure to use furniture-quality paste wax such as Minwax 785004444 Paste Finishing Wax, Renaissance Wax Polish, or Natural Unscented Beeswax.

Make Your Own Water Stain Remover

A strange but effective combination is to use regular mayonnaise and wood ash. This mixture can be massaged over the watermarks and left on for one or two hours. After that, wipe it away until it is cleaned and polished.

More stubborn marks may require you to heat the area with a blow dryer while rubbing the mixture on the stain. Non-gel toothpaste is another option. Use a toothbrush to apply the paste and gently rub the area to loosen the stain, wiping it clean.

Denatured Alcohol and Cotton for Stubborn MArks

If the marks have faded, but still stand out, consider using denatured alcohol. This solution is for cabinets that do not have a shellac finish. With a 100% cotton cloth, quickly wipe the stain with denatured alcohol.

This must be done carefully and only using a dampened cloth. Your strokes should be done against the wood grain and when you are finished, buff the area with a wax polish.

Those are some of the methods you can use to get water damage off of your kitchen cabinets. If you have scratches you want to fix on your kitchen cabinets, we have solutions for that as well!

Can’t Remove The Water Marks? Consider Cabinet Refacing

If the watermarks are still noticeable after all of your efforts, consider having them professionally refaced. This will help to restore the cabinets’ original appearance and make sure there are no lingering stains from water or other liquids. Refacing your kitchen cabinets will also give you a chance to upgrade features like hardware, doors, and drawers, which can add to the overall look and feel of your kitchen.

During the refacing process, we will first remove and haul away the old cabinet pieces, such as the doors, drawer fronts, trim, etc. As long as your cabinets are structurally sound, we will sand the frames, sides, and any exposed surfaces to prepare them for refacing.

Once they have been sanded, we will install the new cabinet components, free of stains and watermarks. These components include custom doors and drawer fronts, new hinges, new hardware, and new matching trim, valances, etc.

Contact our expert team today at Desirable Kitchens and Refacing today to learn more!