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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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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Here are questions related to Removing White Heat Stains from a Wood Table.
How do I get white rings marks, caused by heat, from my dining table?
By Lorraine from Edmonds, WA
A product I was recommended called Liberon worked wonders for me. Failed with the iron, just got another mark!
How do I remove white marks from dark wood tables?
By Mr. M. Carr
By Casey Eckert11/10/2011
I had/have this problem on light-colored wood. Some guests left their "sweating" drink glasses on the end table and terrible marks were left. I've tried every hint offered on ThriftyFun, but nothing has worked so far. I may just have to remove the finish from the entire table, sand it all, and then apply a new coat of stain. I was hoping to avoid this painstaking chore!
I have a white stain on my dresser. How do I get it out?
By Louise B.11/27/2012
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
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.
By Jen from Schroeder, MN
Use a hair drier. Keep it moving and in a minute or 2, presto!
Would a steam mop work?
I steam stained my polished wooden dining room table by ironing (steam iron) on it. How can I remove this stain?
By Reg N
Can I remove white marks from waffle type plastic table cover that got imbedded in my dark pine table?
Joan from Rutherford, NJ
By Red Neck (Guest Post)10/23/2008
If you can put the table out in the sun, try rubbing it with a suitably colored furniture polish then setting it out in the sun for a while. I've gotten water marks out of maple chairs that way.
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?
By James S.11/14/2013
I too tried the steam iron on cotton trick, and it did work to some degree, but it left the surface of the table where the stain was very slightly rough to the touch. With a flash of inspiration I decided to try rubbing the area with a little drop of metal polish such as Brasso. This worked a treat, and as I progressed across the effected area, the white stain gradually disappeared. A final rub with a good quality wax polish and I defy anyone to tell me where the stain had been. Job done to my wife's total satisfaction!
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|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. |
|Liquid Gold smells wonderful and brings back memories of my house when I was young. My mom used it a lot. Luckily, I found it again. And of all places... in the Dollar General store. Try there. I have not seen it any where else. I hope it works on your table marks. Good Luck!|
|Try the Krazy Kloth sold at Bed, Bath and Beyond and Linens N Things. It is an oil-filled black cloth that lasts forever. You rub it on the white spot and miraculously it dissapears! It also has a jillion other uses, listed on the package. I swear by it.|
|By Mary (Guest Post)|
|Try tooth paste, it worked for me when my grandaughter who left a wet wash rag on my dresser.|
|Scott's Liquid Gold||03/14/2005|
|Our local Ace Hardware store carries Scott's Liquid Gold. This is a great product for wood furniture!|
|Mayo and Ashes||03/14/2005|
|You've got half of the answer! Rub a glob of mayonnaise on the heat mark, then sprinkle with ashes -- cigarette ashes, or wood ashes from a fireplace. The ashes and mayo should be like a gross, thick paste. Let it sit for a few minutes, then rub it into the wood really well with a soft cloth. You may have to apply more than once to completely eliminate the mark. |
I have no clue how or why this works, but I have used it in the past with great success!
|By Becki in Indiana (Guest Post)|
|I bought my last bottle of Liquid Gold a couple of years ago, but just wanted you to know that I've been told by several that it is very toxic with no known antidote. Can't verify that, but post the warning just in case. I saw on the net that a thin paste of salad oil and salt, let sit for an hour or two and polish. I'm just going to try it now.|
|By Marilyn (Guest Post)|
|I tried the salad oil and salt to no avail, 'tho I didn't leave it to sit. Instead used toothpaste and a little camphorated chalk and it worked beautifully. I then put on a product called "Trade Secrets" which is an oil based "scratch cover" for light furniture . . . my table is Canadiana Pine. Looks like new now. You can buy it in Canada at any Home Hardware Store. P.S. Love your site!|
|By Marilyn (Guest Post)|
|Briwax and a Hair Dryer||02/27/2006|
|I tried heating a white heat mark on pine with hair dryer and rubbing in Briwax (furniture wax) at the same time. Worked perfectly - white heat mark completely disappeared.|
|By J Clunie (Guest Post)|
A hot dish was placed on wood table and left a white mark. I need to remove the mark without damaging finish, if possible. HELP!
Shaywood from Valrico, FL
By Sylvia Haywood
By Wareham, MA
By Rob Waring
By phil cochrane
How can you get white heat marks off a cherry wood table?
How do you remove white heat marks from a mahogany table?
I have a light colored wooden Ash dining table with white spots. I tried Mayo, cigarette ash, and a steam iron but nothing works.
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.
I tried to remove water marks from a wood table and ended up with the white impression of the iron. What do you suggest?
What is the best way to remove white rings/marks from finished wood surfaces (other than ironing)? Thanks.
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.
How do I remove white heat marks off a black ash dining table?
I need help removing ironing marks from a wood table top. They look similar to water marked furniture. Any ideas?
Iron marks on my dining table made white heat patches on the varnish. Any ideas?
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.