July 1 Home Repair

“Home is any four walls that enclose the right person.” Helen Rowland

Disaster strikes sometimes even in the most wonderful of lives. I woke up this morning to the sound of rainfall…in my bathroom! Apparently, there was a leak upstairs while I was in Bali and it made it’s way down to me. We were in the process of trying to solve the mystery, when it solved itself. Long story short: the leak is now fixed and the ceiling dried up but there are ugly water stains on the beautiful wood ceiling. “Wiki How” to the rescue. How to remove water stains from wood? There is no shortage of solutions on this topic on the interwebs. I thought I would try one (or more) until I got it done. I really like this bathroom, it’s a sanctuary.

To remove a water stain, first, you must understand the water and the stain itself. White water stains result from water penetrating the wood finish but not the actual wood. Dark stains result when water penetrates the finish and the wood. Guess what?  I have white stains with dark outlines. No problem. Here are my solutions:

  1. Use mineral oil to saturate the white stains, let it sit overnight, apply more if necessary, rub in
  2. Use a paste of baking soda and non-gel toothpaste to clean up dark water stains
  3. Use sandpaper to very gently lighten the dark stains, clean with Murphy’s Oil Soap and coat lightly with mineral oil, let sit overnight.

Let’s see if any of this stuff works. I’d be happy just to lighten the stains even if I can’t remove them totally. When I lie back in the tub, I don’t want to see white cloudy stains on the ceiling, that’s not very relaxing…unless I paint them to look like fluffy clouds. Nah!

Dripping wet
Dried up, white stains
All cleaned up, looks better than before the leak.


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