Handy Life Hack: Remove Water Stains from Your Wood Table

Any time I see someone put a glass down on a wood table, I cringe and think of Larry David.

The "respect of wood" is a long-running theme on Curb Your Enthusiasm. David is constantly talking about how he "respects wood". He even, in the 2009 Season Seven finale, ruins his reconciliation with his estranged wife—because he can't help but ask: "Do you respect wood?"

But back in real life it's hot out; the cold, sweating drinks are flowing, and sometimes the coasters are just not plentiful enough. Don't launch into a Larry David-level freakout over that glass ring on your wood table just yet though.

It's possible to give your wood table the respect it deserves (read: water stain rehab) after the fact. And you probably already have everything you need.

According to the The Huffington Post, the secret to removing water stains from wood is mayonnaise.

Yes, it sounds weird. But it kind of makes sense. Of course the secret to fixing something that comes from not respecting wood would be as white as Larry David.

Here's what you do.

  1. Spread two tablespoons of mayonnaise on a paper towel.
  2. Lightly press the towel on the water mark.
  3. Let sit for about 15 minutes.
  4. Remove the paper towel and the stain should be gone.

If, for some reason, this level of respect doesn't remove the water stain, The Huffington Post says to "add ashes (such as wood) to the mayonnaise and reapply the mix to the stain".

Voila! Respected wood!

Still, it might be a good idea to invest in more coasters. Maybe one like this $400 Larry David-shaped beauty from Etsy's BohemianWorkbench.

That's some respect.

Larry David Coaster by BohemianWorkbench

H/t; The Huffington Post