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Removing White Heat Stains from a Wood Table

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Whether it's from a pizza box, a coffee cup or some other hot item, heat stains on a wood table can be difficult to remove. This is a guide about removing heat stains from a wood table.
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October 3, 2013

Using an iron with old shirt idea worked 100% for a bad one that I had. Thanks for the tip. The key is not to use too much heat as I tried that once before and made the problem worse. Be patient and then use olive oil after to condition the wood.

Great trick. I've done the mayo and ashes thing. Not even close to same results

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March 3, 20170 found this helpful

So my problem was trying to match a butt stock from to the grip stock on a post 30-30 Winchester the wood on the stock a nice grained wood the hand grip a Chinese produced piece of junk. I wanted a medium walnut look. After sanding and smoothing the dents and dings or of both pieces, the hand grip was not even close. So I resanded and went and got dark walnut stain. Still 3-4 shades light. Here is the fix soak for 2hours wrapped in foil then bake for 20 min at 450 allow to cool reapply dark stain bake again for 10 min not wrapped apply stain thick as soon as removal then wipe Down 12 to 24 hours later I have a grained look and perfect match.

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November 10, 20140 found this helpful

I doubled a blanket on my dining table, and was ironing a large table cloth on it. Now I have several iron marks all over my table. I don't think the iron will work, since this is how I put them on there. Any other suggestions?

By Cindy R. from Hattiesburg, MS

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January 16, 20150 found this helpful

This is not a tip it is a question and to answer your question yes this trick will work you just need to use the steam button not auto steam on your iron and do it fast and take your time it will work though just make sure the iron is only on there for a second or two at most and make sure the steam is already coming out of it

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June 19, 2014

I have just used a Magic Cloth to remove heat stains and it worked a treat. They are available at Lakeland in the UK and well worth the price.

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October 28, 20130 found this helpful

I've been using an iron to remove them like some people are suggesting. I was wowed by this solution. This solution works temporarily. The white stains keep coming back! I've used plastic plates and cups. All my plates are white, I was wondering if this is reason why?

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By wahwong62

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September 20, 20160 found this helpful

Thank you for the magic eraser tip. You saved the look of the table.

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June 18, 2016

A friend of mine set a hot pan on her dining room table and it made a horrible dark brown burn circle in the table. Is there any way we can work on making it look nice w/o refinishing the table?

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June 19, 20160 found this helpful

Short answer? No. Long answer? Use a tablecloth.

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November 9, 20110 found this helpful

How do I remove white marks from dark wood tables?

By Mr. M. Carr

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October 27, 20160 found this helpful

I learned from another post was to just use a blow dryer. I did and the stain came out! There were two huge ones, it took about 30 minutes with the blow dryer set on high heat. Voila! Worked like magic. This was on my coffee table which was cherry wood.

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March 2, 2010

My husband and I just got this table and I was serving dinner and put a hot serving bowl on it, and now there is a white ring on it. I do now know what kind of wood it is, but it has a cherry finish, I think. Please help me find a solution to get the ring out, please.

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By Jen from Schroeder, MN

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April 6, 20160 found this helpful

Just did this dryer tip on my new stain from a cake pan on a shallow rack and it worked . Thanks ever so much for the tip!

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March 31, 2011

How do I get white rings marks, caused by heat, from my dining table?

By Lorraine from Edmonds, WA

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April 1, 20110 found this helpful

I have used a hair dryer....I "dry" the stain for about 30 seconds using hot heat, then buff it with a soft cloth....may need some patience but it works every time!

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July 24, 20130 found this helpful

Would a steam mop work?

By Katy

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February 4, 20170 found this helpful

No, not at all.

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November 26, 20120 found this helpful

I have a white stain on my dresser. How do I get it out?

By Diana

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November 27, 20120 found this helpful

It would be useful to know what the stain is. Many white stains are caused by water or heat. These can be fixed, although I have not done so. Try googling removing water stains from cherry wood, and see if you get info. If the stain is something else (paint, for example), the method of removal will be different

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September 20, 20060 found this helpful

Can I remove white marks from waffle type plastic table cover that got imbedded in my dark pine table?

Joan from Rutherford, NJ

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September 22, 20060 found this helpful

Try mayonnaise. Seriously - it takes water rings off very expensive furniture. It can't possibly hurt it.

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August 21, 20130 found this helpful

I steam stained my polished wooden dining room table by ironing (steam iron) on it. How can I remove this stain?

By Reg N

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June 13, 20070 found this helpful

How can you get white heat marks off a cherry wood table?

Dawn from Truro, Nova Scotia

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White Heat Marks on Wood Table

Our brand new satin finish walnut table has had a large white ring from a hot pot for months now while we tried every product imaginable. I was just about to go ahead with a $300 refinishing job when I came across this iron trick (see further down this page) and figuring that I couldn't make it much worse gave it a try. In less than a minute I've removed the mark and my table looks brand new (03/26/2007)

By Sea

White Heat Marks on Wood Table

The steam iron and white towel worked a treat! It was brilliant. Dear Husband put a hot pizza box on a fabulous table, and I was sure it was ruined. I tried everything, but what worked was the steam iron and white towel. Thank you so much! (03/30/2007)

By Winifred

White Heat Marks on Wood Table

Just tried the steam iron trick using a white T-shirt, and it worked perfectly! I can't believe how easy this was. I have been living with that white mark for all of this time and it took 2 minutes to get rid of it! (04/07/2007)

By Dee

White Heat Marks on Wood Table

I never thought this would work, and thought I would try it out to prove you wrong but in fact it did work and so perfectly! Now my Landlord won't be charging me for a new table! Basically as it says all you do is heat up a normal steam iron to medium heat, get a white table cloth, pillow case, etc. and put over the white mark, then for a few seconds, just as if you were ironing the cloth, press the steam button and work over the stain. You will be amazed like I am. I'm still trying to work out how THIS ACTUALLY WORKS! (04/11/2007)

By Adrianna

White Heat Marks on Wood Table

When I saw that you could use a steam iron and a white cloth I was skeptical. But I got my iron and a white t-shirt out but was left with a big white iron mark. Then I thought I would try it again...

HERE IS THE TRICK...

Double the t-shirt or use a thicker cloth, then the second you place the iron on the shirt press the steam button and remove. I DO MEAN ONE SECOND! Then with the damp side of the shirt rub the stain. Keep doing this till the stain comes out. Once it the stain was out I then rubbed in some olive oil and now my table looks as good as new! (04/18/2007)

By Tahnee

White Heat Marks on Wood Table

Mayo and some wood ashes rubbed with an old sock. It works just perfect! (04/26/2007)

By Chuck

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June 27, 20160 found this helpful

Use a dish towel and your steam iron. I ironed for 3 seconds while giving it three shots of steam and then rubbed like heck. I think the people who are saying "the iron didn't work," didn't rub like heck immediately. It worked for me. :)

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March 31, 20110 found this helpful

I have white round marks on a coffee table. Any ideas how to remove them? Also does anyone have a homemade furniture polish recipe or any other tips to make the wood gleam and shine? Thank you.

By Teresa from Hampshire, UK

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White Heat Marks on a Wood Table

Try rubbing the the cut edge of a Brazil nut on the stain, it works well. (01/14/2011)

By mrs christmas

White Heat Marks on a Wood Table

Just used the mayonnaise/baking soda/toothpaste technique followed by the medium heat iron and white t-shirt! Both techniques used together created perfection, no sign of the white mark! (01/29/2011)

By MR&MRSDIY

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January 13, 20110 found this helpful

My sister-in-law put a hot baked potato on a white napkin on our wood table and there was a white ring left behind. We freaked out, and she cried. Fortunately, we used a combination of baking soda, mayonnaise, and then toothpaste (with baking soda), and it worked. We think it was the toothpaste with baking soda that worked best. Awesome. Thank you!

By joey b from NY

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White Heat Marks on a Wood Table

I tried using a white towel and an iron. While the stain got lighter it didn't go away. So I tried a brown paper bag and an iron and 2 swipes later they were gone completely! Amazed! (01/09/2011)

By residential cleaner

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August 26, 20100 found this helpful

Iron marks on my dining table made white heat patches on the varnish. Any ideas?

By Bronee from Melbourne Australia

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White Heat Marks on a Wood Table

OMG! We have had this old (over 100 years old) mahogany table forever. It has always had an ugly white mark on it from someone setting something hot on it so I always have a table cloth on it. Well, my husband and I tried the hot iron trick with the old t-shirt over the white spot and it took about 4 or 5 swipes with the iron and the white spot disappeared. Thank you so much for the tip it works great! (11/18/2009)

By Leslie6527

White Heat Marks on a Wood Table

Just wanted to add our voices to the chorus of praises for the iron and white t-shirt technique. Worked like magic. Just do what Dad and Brian did in their video. Yay! (01/28/2010)

By fredshan

White Heat Marks on a Wood Table

I used the magic remover sponge and it worked great! Thanks to all for this idea. (02/04/2010)

By Minnow

White Heat Marks on a Wood Table

Bronee, Were you able to fix the iron mark? Please let me know. I have a table that needs similar fix.
Thanks, HK (02/20/2010)

By hemaram

White Heat Marks on a Oak Wood Table

Okay, I tried the Liquid Gold. Didn't work for me. I then tried Dry iron and white t-shirt. Didn't work for me. I have also tried Mayo, ash, toothpaste. Did not work for me.

I tried (although skeptical) the white t-shirt and steam iron and found you must wipe hard in direction of wood grain as soon as you move the shirt off the marks, as you are moving wax buildup that you can actually feel. It did work for me! Future Hint: Do not use paper plates on wood table ever! (02/20/2010)

By Katiekatie1954

White Heat Marks on a Wood Table

I am a cynic by nature, but my French polished table was in such a dire state that there was nothing to lose. I am astonished! The tee shirt and steam iron method (low steam and moderate heat. Keep it moving) worked more quickly than expected and achieved absolute perfection. It looks as though it has been re-polished. Thank you so much. I'd never have believed that such a simple trick would give a result like this. (03/08/2010)

By brownams

White Heat Marks on a Wood Table

Wow I can't believe how good this idea worked. Amazing. Thank you so much. (04/11/2010)

By mwwallace

White Heat Marks on a Wood Table

I read so many tips, but it really stuck out to me when people were stating the hair drier wasn't hot enough. I just used a heat gun for embossing and crafting, and it was amazing! The marks vanished right before my eyes. (06/18/2010)

By cinderella12977

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November 9, 20090 found this helpful

I need help removing ironing marks from a wood table top. They look similar to water marked furniture. Any ideas?

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September 17, 20090 found this helpful

How do I remove white heat marks off a black ash dining table?

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May 12, 20090 found this helpful

I have heat marks on my table. Does the remedy using baking soda and mayo scrub off the varnish since the baking soda is rough? I don't know what kind of varnish was used on this table.

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April 9, 20090 found this helpful

What is the best way to remove white rings/marks from finished wood surfaces (other than ironing)? Thanks.

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April 5, 20090 found this helpful

I tried to remove water marks from a wood table and ended up with the white impression of the iron. What do you suggest?

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February 17, 20090 found this helpful

Is there anyway to remove this white ring from my coffee table? I am pretty sure it was caused by my son setting something hot on it, like a bowl of soup.

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September 2, 20080 found this helpful

I have a light colored wooden Ash dining table with white spots. I tried Mayo, cigarette ash, and a steam iron but nothing works.

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August 15, 20080 found this helpful

How do you remove white heat marks from a mahogany table?

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July 29, 20080 found this helpful
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March 20, 20070 found this helpful

A hot dish was placed on wood table and left a white mark. I need to remove the mark without damaging finish, if possible.

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March 7, 20050 found this helpful

Does anyone know how to get white heat marks off a wood table? I've tried mayonnaise- let it sit and rubbed it in a bit. My Grandmother told me to try a product called liquid gold, but I can 't find it anywhere.

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