I do furniture refinishing for a living. The best thing to do is to sand and refinish it using an oil base polyurethane. Put 3 light coats on it. Somebody has put heavy coats of urethane on it and it can possibly be water based and that is why it may be making heat spots. A glass may leave a ring on it as well. If it does, that is more than likely the problem. (01/11/2008)
I can't believe it worked! I had white marks all over my expensive dining room table, from using paper plates at Thankgiving. Everyone told me to basically get the table refinished. I thought I would look and see if there were any remedies on the internet. I tied everything, then saw the steam from the iron trick. It worked instantly... Thank you! You saved me hundreds of dollars. See the archived request below for the steam method.(01/13/2008)
I had two different marks... one from a pizza box that was done months ago and then recently from heat. I just tried the iron/steam trick. It worked like a charm. I am so amazed. Even the one that had been there for months. See the iron/steam trick further down this page.(01/17/2008)
The steam iron trick with doubled-up white T-shirt was totally amazing. I applied the iron only for a second, left the T-shirt on for another second or two, and the mark was gone. (01/18/2008)
By very happy reader
The steam iron trick is fantastic. Just did it, scared my wife witless and but then earned 100 Brownie points as our cherrywood coffee table came up as new. Thanks a lot.
I followed your instructions today 2-09-08- About 15 years after I got white heat marks on my cherry table. They all came off in seconds. I wish I could bottle this trick and sell it. I am incredulous. My wife witnessed this and was similarly floored. I tried it first on one of the extending inserts.
Thank you, a cynic turned believer. (02/09/2008)
By Barry S
I just did the iron & t-shirt method and I am truly amazed. Within a few minutes, the white ring was gone! The stain had been there for at least two months. Such a simple process. Wonderful! Thank you! (04/12/2008)
By Tracy K.
Steam iron with white t-shirt: AMAZING. My wife put huge heat marks on our 8 foot kitchen table. She was very upset. When she went out I tried to steam iron technique and it worked a treat.She is going to be so happy. You guys rock! (04/13/2008)
By Fabio G
WOW! as the unexperienced newlyweds we are, we seemingly ruined out brand new dining room table after about a week of use with a hot plate. I tried the hairdryer, no luck. Tried the iron and towel, WORKED LIKE A CHARM! Thank you so much! That is a tip I will use for many years to come :O) (07/14/2008)
I did the steam iron thing and it took the white marks away but raised the grain of the wood. My table was antique mahogheny - I would not recommend this method for antiques - I think the old laguer is more porous and allows too much of the steam through. Probably okay for newer pieces though. Does anyone know how to get rid of raised grain on wood other than refinishing?
I just left a heat stain on one of our oak end tables this morning. I've been looking through postings and (like many others) I was afraid to use the iron. I did however try Crest toothpaste (not the gel), rubbed it onto the mark & then wiped off. I then buffed it with some Pledge, and the mark is gone. This might not work for more severe/larger marks, but mine was a coffee cup & this worked great! (07/17/2008)
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