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?

By Smcallum

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October 13, 20040 found this helpful
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Try white toothpaste on the white stains. I thought

I had ruined our dark wood dining table & someone

suggested that. Cleaned it up beautifully.

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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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August 4, 20050 found this helpful
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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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Anonymous Flag
May 26, 20160 found this helpful

A hairdryer should remove the marks...Don't hold it too close to the table...because it could damage the finish, even more!

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May 27, 20160 found this helpful

Try a hairdryer...

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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

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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May 2, 20130 found this helpful

The white marks are likely from water, so therefore, more white marks mean too much steam. Try another method. I know that my mother removed some water stains from a wooden tray for me, but unfortunately, I don't know what she did. Try googling for info.

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November 7, 20150 found this helpful

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

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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January 25, 20160 found this helpful

I just saw a video where you use steam and a hot iron with a white towel. Guess what what started out as small spots are now big iron size spots. Made a small problem into a huge ugly table my advice don't do it

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September 16, 20160 found this helpful

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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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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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 29, 20160 found this helpful

I have had success with metal polish, Brasso, Duraglit, something like that Just rub into the affected area and it should disappear.

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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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October 17, 2011 Flag
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This is a guide about removing drink rings from wood furniture. When cups are set on wood furniture without a coaster and a ring can be left behind creating an unsightly blemish on the surface of the wood.

White rings left by drinks on a wood table.

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

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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?

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