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Removing Heat Marks from Furniture

You have just enjoyed a steaming cup of hot coffee. When you move the cup, to your dismay there is a heat mark on the table. This is a guide about removing heat marks from furniture.

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October 12, 2004 Flag
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I have a wooden kitchen table that has a lacquer finish on it. How do I get white heat spots off? Also I have a solid wood bedroom suite. How do I fix the worn off parts of the stain?

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May 22, 20050 found this helpful
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Go to Restoration Hardware, they have this little cloth that takes those out. It comes in a little white jar and I think it is called magic something.

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You can rub vaseline over the white spot. Allow it to sit for 24 to 48 hours and it will remove the stain plus polish your wood!!

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May 24, 2016 Flag
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A hot towel left this white discoloration on the top of my dining room table. I tried tooth paste with no results. Someone also set a hot dish on the table and now there is the same kind of mark. Any suggestions on how to bring back the normal color?

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    May 29, 20160 found this helpful

    Try a hairdryer...directed on the spots, but don't get it too close to the table surface...or it could burn the wood...I have had success, using this method...

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    April 30, 2013 Flag
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    I tried the iron and steam treatment to remove white marks on my table and I don't know what happen it failed, and only left more bigger white marks. Help! Has anyone any ideas?

    By Lynne

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    December 2, 20140 found this helpful
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    Don't know if you found an answer but I have had perfect results with this: I spread a thin layer of mayonnaise on spot and let it sit for about 15 minutes. I make a paste of baking soda and water and rub it on the spot with a warm damp washcloth. You can even use your fingers but I think the cloth works best. After you do this clean the table top with a warm damp cloth and then dry with a dry soft towel. Once you have done this, put a small amount of olive oil on a dry cloth and rub it in and buff it dry. This process never has failed to work and I haven't had the stress associated with the iron method. This process takes only about 30 minutes including the wait time for the mayonnaise. I have used this on 2 very expensive wood tables after a recent family holiday get-together.

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    November 7, 20150 found this helpful

    Do you clean off the mayo before putting on the baking soda rub?

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    September 23, 2010 Flag
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    I have a white stain on my wood table from steam. How do I remove it?

    By Retta from Knoxville, TN

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    January 13, 20090 found this helpful
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    This just happened to me! I took a towel (a dish towel) set my iron to steam (make sure you have plenty of water in it), and hover over the mark for several minutes. I would lift the towel and check it while you are doing it. The wax paper idea didn't work for me. Then you need to get some lemon oil because your wood will be dried out. Good luck! Start to finish--10 min.

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    September 24, 20100 found this helpful
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    Combine vinegar and olive oil in equal parts to remove white spots left from moisture on wood. Apply with a clean soft cloth and work the vinegar/olive oil mixture into the wood in the direction of the grain to erase the white water spots. Good luck!

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    February 12, 2008 Flag
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    How do I remove white heat stains from polished wood?

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    February 27, 20080 found this helpful
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    I had the same problem and someone told me to use a warm iron over a linen tea towel and iron in a circular motion checking often to see if the stains were still there. I was leery but it worked!! Good Luck!

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    December 9, 20080 found this helpful

    Cannot believe how well the iron trick worked. I started off with a cool iron over a piece of cloth and worked up in heat going in circular motions until it went away, suppose that was the cowards way. Top tip, saved me a fortune as I was going to call out a french polisher.

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    December 2, 2015 Flag
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    I sat a hot pan down for a few seconds. I tried the iron idea and baking soda and tooth paste. What else can I do other than sanding it?

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      December 3, 20150 found this helpful

      Someone suggested mayonnaise, Sheryl, ages ago, this site. Basically, apply a liberal amount to the area, leave it alone for a few hours then wipe clean. I tried it and it worked fairly well. The mark wasn't completely gone, but it was certainly much less noticeable.

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      June 11, 2012 Flag
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      How do you remove white ring marks from furniture left by placing a hot cup on the surface?

      By Lindsay from Caldicot, Monmouthshire

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      June 21, 20120 found this helpful
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      I have had good luck masking dings on wood by rubbing a walnut on the surface and then buffing a bit. I tried this once on a water mark (with the white ring) and it worked pretty well. Of course, if you are talking about an antique or something else of potentially high value, I really cannot say that this would be a good answer... There may be a more suitable solution? Best of luck! :)

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      January 18, 2011 Flag
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      How do you treat heat marks on stained wooden table?

      By Max

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      January 20, 20110 found this helpful
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      This is what I did once; think I read it somewhere. I sanded very lightly with fine grade sandpaper then used Old English Scratch Cover. Worked. I think I tried mayonnaise first and it didn't work.

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      February 8, 2010 Flag
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      I used steam on a wood table to take out water marks. It worked wonderful but now I have stains from the steam. I've tried mayonnaise, toothpaste, baking soda, Old English, and wax. Any answers?

      By Kathryn from WI

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      April 30, 20100 found this helpful
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      Steam iron marks on teak dining table were removed by laying a white t-shirt doubled over on the marks and then using the steam iron over the area using the steam function! I know it doesn't make sense but it worked. I don't know how or why!

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      September 30, 2010 Flag
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      I have a very beautifully painted black chest of drawers. It has white marks on it from a steam iron. The paint is matte. How can I remove the white mark?

      By Marie from South Africa

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      January 18, 2011 Flag
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      How do I repair a white ring left from a hot cup being set on wood furniture?

      By Sondra from NC

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      December 3, 2010 Flag
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      How do I safely remove white heat marks from a coffee table?

      By Helen from Scotland

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      Heat Marks on Wood Furniture

      We have a dark stained wood table with a beautiful painted edging. I used a white bath towel and iron between medium and high. Didn't work until I switched to steam. Then it worked amazingly well. We had come to the conclusion we'd have to get a tablecloth to hide the hideous stain. Now it looks great! (06/21/2010)

      By Jenns4x4pu

      Heat Marks on Wood Furniture

      Try a small amount of mayonnaise with a soft cloth, rub with grain. It worked on my sewing
      machine cabinet. Hope it works for you.
      (06/21/2010)

      By Great Granny Vi

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      June 19, 2010 Flag
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      How can I get a heat spot out of furniture?

      By Minnow from MN

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      February 7, 2010 Flag
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      How do I get white heat rings out of furniture?

      By Wendyann from Albion Park, NSW Australia

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      Heat Marks on Wood Furniture

      I have found the best way to get rid of the white rings from heat or moisture on furniture. I have tried, with no luck, using mayonnaise, cigarette ashes, toothpaste, hot iron and towels. What I have found that works is the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. Dampen the eraser rub gently with the grain of the wood and then polishing as usual.

      I happen to like Armor All as a furniture polish, if it's not a bad white mark the Magic Eraser will removed it completely, if it solid white you may have to do it several times. It may leave a bit of a ghost, but that's still better than having a big white mark.

      This was not a bad one, you can see on the right it's gone. Now that I know how to fix them nobody's making them. (06/09/2009)

      By BABBIE

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      June 9, 2009 Flag
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      How do you remove white heat marks from furniture?

      Nick from Jersey

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      Heat Marks on Wood Furniture

      I mixed mayonnaise and cigarette ash, and left it on about an hour. When I wiped it away the white heat ring was gone too. (03/12/2008)

      By I need help

      Heat Marks on Wood Furniture

      Rub with cigarette ash. (03/13/2008)

      By Kings Kid

      Heat Marks on Wood Furniture

      It sounds crazy, but if you use a medium hot iron on a clean white linen tea towel in circular motions this will take out the white heat marks. I was hesitant to try it on my oak table, but figured it looked bad with the marks, so what do I have to lose. It took the marks out beautifully and now my table looks like new. (03/14/2008)

      By grammakim

      Heat Marks on Wood Furniture

      I've used the mayo trick and the ash trick above both with great results. Leave mayo on overnight. (03/24/2008)

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