How to Get Rid of Water Damage Stains

By August 7, 2018Water
Water Damage Stain

Water Damage Stain

Even after you handle the root cause of water damage or a leak, chances are that there’s still going to be plenty of reminders out there of what happened, particularly water damage stains.

Various Areas Can Cause Water Stain Damage

While it may seem odd that something we associate with being clean can leave a stain, water damage can do just that, whether it’s from minerals in the water itself or dirt brought up in the water from a variety of different areas.

The important thing to understand about water damage stains, in Southern Florida or anywhere else, is that the approach to get rid of them varies based on the intensity of the damage and the surface stained.

Let’s take a look at some of the most common areas for water damage staining and what you can do. But what about preventing damage stains before they even happen?  If interested please click here.

Ceiling Drywall

Chances are that if you’re dealing with water damage from above, this is probably going to be the first place that you see it. The first thing you want to do in these scenarios is to check for any mold that may be left from the initial leak. If that’s clean and the leak is taken care of, you can get started. When the drywall fully dries out, it’s not that hard to get rid of the stain. Use these following steps to help:

  • Combine chlorine bleach and water together
  • Then wash the stained area thoroughly with a sponge. This may not clear the stain itself but will kill any residual mold.
  • After the drywall dries again, add some stain-blocking primer and repaint the affected area.
  • Please note if you haven’t painted the ceiling in a while, the area may look brighter than the rest of the ceiling.
Water Drops

Water Drops


Whether it’s furniture or decorative pieces, water damage on wood is extremely frustrating, from warping to stains.

The Good News? You have homemade options

There are a few things you can do. If the stain just appeared, you can take advantage of a few homemade options like using an clothes iron, emptying the water, plugging it in, then applying it briefly to a piece of fabric on the table.

A dab of toothpaste or even mayonnaise (as bizarre as it may sound) scrubbed gently on the area makes a good second option.


Chances are that you look at your favorite couch or piece of furniture just about every day, which makes it that much more annoying when there’s a big water damage stain sitting there.

One good homemade solution is to start with a combination of water and vinegar in a spray bottle. Be sure to test it first to see if it causes additional spotting before applying it to the area.

When you get the right balance, lightly mist around the stained area and blot as you spray with a white microfiber cloth. Speed up the drying by aiming a fan or hair dryer at the area as you do this.

The Double-dosage of Stress

Stains are small forms of water damage, but that doesn’t make them any less frustrating to deal with. On top of having to clean or even possibly replace a piece of furniture, water damage stains are often a smaller indicator of a larger issue. Thes issues can lead to a double-dose of stress.

The best thing you can do in this is case is make sure you call a water damage repair specialist. A specialist can help you deal with situations as they arise. This can apply doubly somewhere like Southern Florida, where the weather can make water damage a common concern.


Total Care Restoration is here to help when it comes to water damage repair. Not only do we believe in doing the most for our customers, but we’re also IICRC-certified. This means we use the best cleaning and restoration tactics to help protect your home.


Kyle Haywood

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