How to Erase Cup Rings on Furniture

March 5, 2018

One thing many of us forget to invest in is an inexpensive coaster collection. Don’t worry, it happens to the best of us. Try the following methods to get rid of those pesky cup ring stains if you happen to forget to use a coaster and if you happen to not have professional house cleaning services on hand.

Hot Iron and Dishtowel

The simplest and quickest method we’ve found is using a hot iron and a dishtowel. Place a soft cotton dishtowel over the area with the ring stain and using the iron on dry heat, begin to iron the affected surface for 15 seconds. If the ring doesn’t disappear, let the surface and dishtowel cool and iron over the dishtowel again for 20 seconds. If you don’t happen to have an iron handy, you can use a hair dryer instead.


Toothpaste isn’t just used for removing plaque from your teeth. It can be used for removing those stubborn marks as well. But make sure you’re using a white instead of a gel toothpaste. Place a little bit directly onto the stain, grab a rag and begin scrubbing. You don’t have to scrub too long or too hard to see results. Be careful to not scrub outside the stain so as not to damage the finish of your furniture.

Baking Soda

Another household staple, baking soda removes those cup stains like a charm. Make a paste using a mixture of baking soda and water then use a cloth to rub the paste onto the stain till it’s completely removed. You can even add a little non-gel, white toothpaste to the baking soda mixture to help.


This may sound like an odd way to use mayonnaise, but it works. Just dab a little bit onto a paper towel or a rag and lightly press it down directly onto the stained area. For best results, let it sit overnight. If the stain is still there (this is going to sound odd too), mix in either wood or cigarette ashes with the mayonnaise. The ash gives the mixture a little bit of abrasiveness. If you happen to not have mayonnaise in your fridge, petroleum jelly works as a substitute.

Olive Oil and Table Salt

Mix olive oil and table salt together until it forms a thick paste. Rub the paste onto the stain, and let it sit for at least an hour. After you wipe the mixture off, those marks should be good as gone.

All this to say, use a coaster! And consider consulting a pro to avoid further damage to your furniture. Fabulously Clean House Cleaning offers all of your professional house cleaning services. Contact us today at 208-608-4648.