Remove Moisture Rings

Do you ever have a feeling of foreboding? Like you are going to do something, and in the back of your mind you have this sense that this might not be the smartest thing to do today? That happened to me last Thursday. Let me tell you what happened.

I record this “hardware minute” for the store, and then we put them on Facebook. As I was getting dressed, I wanted to lightly press a shirt I was going to wear. I laid it out on my desk and just barely touched it with my iron…..did I mention it was a steam iron? As I was pressing, I thought …..hummm wonder if this will leave a mark, on the desk? But I was on turbo mode, so it was just a fleeting thought. Well the thought was correct…..it really did leave a mark. I just wanted to confess this. I could have just told you about removing white rings from a glass….but I think you will remember this story better.

White Ring Remover is the greatest thing since sliced bread. It’s a treated cloth that will remove water marks and minor surface scratches without stripping the finish. Many years ago, in one of Dad’s first books, there was a tip of using cigar ashes and mayonnaise to remove white rings from furniture. You would rub it in and buff it out. Well what would you do if you didn’t smoke cigars…..and can you imagine the mess? But things are different now!

Always test in a small area first for compatibility. Then rub gently with the cloth in the direction of the grain of the wood. You might have to do it several times, but the cloth will remove the mark. If your surface becomes dull, just apply lemon oil or your favorite furniture polish. Now, fair warning, the White Ring Remover does smell like a solvent. But it dissipates. And you can use White Ring Remover over, and over again. It comes in a re-sealable bag.

I have had Hardware 911 calls from my customers who put off taking care of it a stain like this. Then the stain turned dark, and then it was all over but the crying. It was sadly too late for White Ring Remover. If that happens, you will have to strip off all the finish and then sand. So, as soon as you see the stain…..take care of it. Bottom line, listen to that little voice inside your head, it’s usually talking sense. 

Use coupon code WRR1204-10 at checkout to receive a 20% discount on your purchase of White Ring Remover.  Offer expires 12-10-2019.


It’s about three weeks away from Christmas, don’t get me started. I am going to do a series on “Countdown to Christmas” with tips and ideas. Don’t miss the next articles, but if you do….they are always on my website….www.happyhandyman.com. If you have a question, just give me a call at the San Antonio store, 210-341-1573 and we will figure it out!

Now to the email……

Question: Dear Trudy, no matter how many times I clean my granite countertops, a fine grit appears on the surface within a few days. What can I do about this?
Answer: Granite Gold makes a wonderful daily cleaner. I want you to clean with a clean, soft cloth and buff dry. The next day, I want you to seal the granite using Granite Gold Sealer. It’s easy. Spray on the sealer and wipe with a clean, soft cloth. Then while it is still damp from the sealer, I want you to buff it dry. Don’t let the damp sealer just dry on the granite. Buff it dry. But I have a question, what color is the grit? Let me know.

Question: I have a stainless steel refrigerator that has streaks of water stains. Can you recommend a cleaner? Standard stainless steel sprays cleaners have not been successful.
Answer: You have a couple of choices. Quick Shine Stainless Steel Cleaner and Polish by Holloway House, Howard’s and Sheila Shine are all great stainless steel cleaners. Howard Natural Stainless Steel Cleaner  is simply a cleaner and has no residual protection, but it also has very little smell. Holloway House is a cleaner and has protection built in. Sheila Shine by far is the best. But it has a strong propellant smell. It goes away. But it has the best protection too. But remember do not just let the cleaner dry on the stainless or it will leave a mark. Buff it completely dry, working in the same direction.