Water Stain Removal

When you think about water stain removal techniques, you may be wondering why and how water stains in the first place!

How can water stain anything from carpet to fabric to upholstery? Well, after water dries, it actually can leave tiny traces of sediment behind that create a visible stain on the surface. These unsightly spots probably won’t do much for the appearance of your carpet or your favorite piece of furniture.

Before driving into techniques that help you remove water stains at home, let’s take a closer look at what’s actually in water.

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What is Water Made of?

Scientifically speaking, water is also known as “H20”, which stands for 2 hydrogen atoms and 1 oxygen atom. Depending on where the water is from, it can contain various elements and minerals that make up its composition. If the water passes over certain types of rocks, it can pick up trace elements along the way. Trace elements are actually defined as chemical elements present only in minute amounts in a particular sample or environment.

Furthermore, most water we consume contains additives. These additives are actually brought into our water to purify it. Your pearly whites are probably quite happy that fluoride is also added to the water supply to reduce tooth decay. Turns out that water is not only great for your body; it can also work wonders for your smile. 

Interesting Facts about Water

Speaking of working wonders, have you ever wondered about these interesting facts about water? Take a look at these points to see how much you really know about it.

  • Water is both odorless and tasteless.
  • It’s the universal solvent.
  • Water covers over 70% of the world’s surface.
  • The color of water is slightly blue – in smaller amounts, water appears colorless.
  • Water comes in three different states: liquid, solid, and gas.
  • Water can dissolve more substances than any other liquid.
  • Every day, the average person in the US uses nearly 80-100 gallons of water per day.
  • Water has a pH level of about 7.
  • 97% of water found in the world is saltwater.
  • Europeans use 50% less water than the US, consuming an average of 50 gallons per day, per person.
  • 30% of freshwater can be found in the ground.

Turns out there’s a lot more to water than just water, right? Coming in various forms and sustaining life on the planet Earth (and Mars), 2 hydrogen atoms and 1 oxygen atom is only scratching the surface.

How to Tackle Water Stain Removal

If water happens to do more than scratch the surface of your home’s carpet, fabric and upholstery, you can remove water stains by following COIT’s step-by-step guide to water stain removal. Getting rid of water stains not only improves your home’s appearance; it also prevents mold and mildew from rearing its ugly head.

To handle more than just water stains in your home, you can rely on the expertise and professional drying equipment that COIT water damage restoration guarantees. Call today to learn more about our advanced water removal services.

Best way to get Water out of Carpet

COIT's Guide on How to Remove Water Stains from Carpet

The household carpet sees it all these days. From mud stains to wine stains to last night’s lasagna, we put our carpets through a lot on a daily basis, particularly in high-traffic areas.

Through a combination of good old fashioned do-it-yourself cleaning, along with periodic professional cleaning, we can keep our carpets looking plush and healthy.

So what do you do if you’re searching for the best way to get water out of carpet? How can you be sure you’ve removed every inch of sediment that water can leave behind? You can start by following a few tips from the experts at COIT in this step-by-step guide.

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How to Get Water Stains out of Carpet – Method # 1

  1. The first thing you’ll want to do to answer the question of how to get water out of carpet is focus on removing any sediment or dirt that’s within your carpet’s fibers.
  2. To do this, mix 1 teaspoon of dishwashing soap with water in a container. Soak a clean cloth in this solution.
  3. Dab at the water stain gently, working from the outside edges in. Be sure you don’t aggressively rub the stain, as this can damage your carpet fibers.
  4. Watch the water stain gradually lift until it’s no longer visible.


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How to Get Water Out of Carpet – Method # 2

  1. Pour white vinegar and warm water into a large container. Make sure you add equal parts vinegar and equal parts water.
  2. Using a clean cloth, apply this vinegar and water solution directly onto the water stained area of your carpet. The pH of the vinegar will help pull out the water stain from the edges.
  3. When you press the water stain, be sure to do so lightly. You’ll want to avoid getting the carpet too damp.
  4. Let the carpet dry. The water stain should gradually disappear. So the next time you find yourself wondering how to get water out of carpet, give the above-mentioned do-it-yourself methods a try. With a little elbow grease, you’ll be able to revive your carpet in no time.

Rescue Your Carpets from Advanced Water Damage

If the water stain removal challenges your carpet is facing are too big for do-it-yourself solutions, consider calling the team at COIT carpet cleaning. For over 60 years, our professionally trained technicians have been using industrial strength equipment to remove stains and revive your carpet. And with a 100% satisfaction guarantee, you can feel confident in your investment. Call today to learn more and don't forget to checkout our coupons!


These are suggested treatments only and COIT can't be held accountable for any damage sustained by use of the treatments in this spot removal guide.

How to Remove Water Stains from Wood

COIT's Guide on How to Remove Water Stains from Wood

When you have wood floors in your home, you probably try to keep them as clean as possible for as long as you can, right? But inevitably, spills happen. Dirt happens. Life happens! It’s nearly impossible to avoid spilling something here and there.

One of the most common spills that can cover your wood floors comes in the form of water. Water splashes and water spills from time to time.

If you’re wondering how to remove water stains from wood, check out COIT’s step-by-step guide below.

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Types of Water Stains on Wood Floors

When you’re dealing with water stains on your wood floor, remember that there are two kinds of wood stains: dark stains and white stains. When the water spill goes deep into the wood and actually penetrates the wood material deeply, this is considered a dark stain.

On the other hand, when the water stain’s resulting moisture only seeps into the finish, not the actual wood floor, this is called a white stain. These white stains often appear in the form of a circular ring.

How to Remove Water Stains from Wood – Method # 1

Let’s start with the process required to remove a dark stain from your wood floors.

  1. Buy a piece of #100-grit sandpaper.
  2. Start by removing the finish that sits on top of the wood floor using the #100-grit sandpaper. By sure to apply pressure in the same direction that the grain of the wood moves.
  3. On the edges of the dark water stain, apply pressure using #150-grit sandpaper.
  4. Once the finish has been removed in the affected area, take the #150-grit sandpaper and sand the entire stain.
  5. Using #0000 steel wool, apply pressure around the edges of the dark water stain.
  6. Next, take some tack cloth, which is lint-free cloth, and wipe the entire stain. This will help remove any remaining dust that’s left over from sanding.
  7. Using a shade of wood varnish that matches the color of your wood floors, apply a layer to the top of the affected area.
  8. Take the #0000 steel wool you used in a previous step and use it to remove any bumps you see between the old and new varnish.
  9. Using a high quality brand of wood polish, wax the affected area to finish.


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Removing Water Stains from Wood – Method # 2

To remove light stains from wood, follow these two do-it-yourself steps.

  1. Using mineral oil, pour a generous amount onto a soft rag.
  2. Rub the light water stain with the rag and let it sit overnight. It should disappear. If the light water stain is still visible on the wood in the morning, continue the process with these additional steps.
  3. Wearing gloves, apply mineral spirits to a soft cloth and rub what remains of the light water stain. In a few minutes, the stain should start to disappear.
  4. If the stain is still visible, apply a coat of furniture polish onto the wood floor. Depending on the type of stain, choose the above method that matches the appearance of the affected area. These are a few effective solutions to turn to when you’re wondering how to get water stains out of wood in your home.


If the wood floor stain is still visible, consider calling COIT to learn about our professional wood floor care services. Don't forget to checkout our coupons!

Remember to always do a spot removal test on a portion of carpet or upholstery that is normally not visible. These are suggested treatments only and COIT can't be held accountable for any damage sustained by use of the treatments in this spot removal guide.

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Home remedies not working?

If you’re still battling stubborn stains after trying these home remedies, professional cleaning may be a good option to explore. Check out COIT’s Cleaning Services to learn more about the help we can offer.

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