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Rings on Wood? Grab the Mayo

June 09, 2002|MORRIS CAREY and JAMES CAREY | ASSOCIATED PRESS

Have you tried unsuccessfully to remove white rings from fine wood furniture or built-in surfaces? Contrary to popular belief, a white ring results from damage to the waxed finish and not to the wood. Here's a trick to removing those rings.

First, make sure that the surface is clean and dry. Next, place a small amount of mayonnaise directly over the ring. Cover the area with a piece of plastic wrap and allow it to sit for about 30 minutes.

Remove the plastic wrap and lightly rub the mayonnaise into the finish using a nylon scouring pad and work in the direction of the grain. Wipe up all the mayonnaise with a soft cloth and restore the luster to the area with some lemon oil or paste wax.

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