How To Protect Your Furniture From Everyday Food and Drink Stains

Just imagine you come home to enjoy some hot cocoa on your patio and notice a yellow stain on your Vidaxl garden table that won’t budge. And upon further inspection, you realise that that yellow stain was one of many. 

Such things happen, sometimes accidentally, and in others, we do not realize we are staining our wooden furniture. So, how can you prevent and remove these stains so that we can stretch the life cycle of your furniture?

Keep reading to find out.

Common Furniture Stains And How To Clean Them

Here are some of the most common stains that can stick to your indoor and outdoor furniture:

Red Wine

Red wine is one of the most common furniture stains that can change the aesthetic of your wooden furniture. You cannot do much about prevention, but be aware of the possibility of spillage if you are not careful. 

To remove a fresh stain:

  1. Apply a solution of around three parts hydrogen peroxide to 1 part dishwashing liquid to the red stain.
  2. Allow it to work its magic for a time (between 20 and an hour).
  3. Proceed to blot the surface, then wash off the mixture.
  4. Be gentle so that you do not scratch the upper layer of paint.


Turmeric is a fantastic spice that adds an exciting layer to foods and drinks, but its yellow-mustard color could be a menace to your furniture, hands, and clothes.

Regarding turmeric staining prevention, the best thing is to be aware of a possible spillage if you are having a turmeric-endowed drink. You may use a mat to keep the stain away if it is food. If you are worried about it attaining your kitchen furniture, opt to use a yellow-colored chopping board to keep the stain away from the kitchen table.

To remove this kind of stain:

  1. Use a clean white cloth or simple paper towel to blot the area after incorporating a few drips of hand dishwashing soap into some water.
  2. Keep blotting with new clean cloth or towel sections until the stain stops lifting away or has been entirely gone.
  3. With a clean, moist towel or cloth, rinse the soap away.

​Coffee/Tea Rings

Coffee or any ther hot beverage may find its way beyond the rims of your mug and down to the bottom. And at this point, if you are not using a coster between the cup and the mug, the entire liquid forms a ring-like layer on your furniture.

The prevention is using a coaster or some table mat to soak up the liquid. The removal of such is to apply baking soda over the stain and let it soak in after blotting with a moist paper towel. Wipe away the baking soda with a clean, dry towel or cloth. Repeat this process until the coffee or tea ring has disappeared.

What Is the Best Outdoor Table to Buy That Will Resist These Stains?

​Suppose you seek a long-term solution to such stains, especially if you have kids. That solution is to purchase an outdoor table resistant to staining. Some great alternatives include a table with a glass top, quartz top, or stone top. But if you insist on getting wood, ensure you have coasters and table mats at arm’s length to avoid accidents that cause stains.


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