Removing White Steam Marks on Wood Cabinets

January 5, 2014

kitchen range and cabinetsI have white ghosting on the upper cabinet door from a kettle boiling too close to the wood. I tried the hairdryer method, and the ash and mayo, but nothing has worked. Anybody have the same issue and can comment from experience regarding the same issue please? There are multiple suggestions on here, but I am looking for someone who had success with the same issue. Thank you.


By Tracy


January 7, 20141 found this helpful

I have experienced the same problem, but I used lemon oil and it restored my cabinet back to its natural state. I have not had any further problem with it and it has now been several months. Hope this will help your situation also.

August 23, 20152 found this helpful

I have dark cabinets just like in the picture on the site. I was canning tomatoes and when I lifted the lid I ended up with very bad white steam marks on my cupboards. I almost cried. I've heard that coconut oil works wonders so I rubbed it all over the stain. It didn't do anything, I walked away for a few minutes and when I came back the coconut oil had penetrated the stain and it was almost gone. I left it a little longer and the stain completely disappeared! I hope this helps.

August 27, 20180 found this helpful

So how long does it take to go away? Just wondering. Becuse I was an idiot and set down my tv dinner on my moms coffee table and had made that mark.

August 4, 20190 found this helpful

Coconut oil works!

July 29, 20200 found this helpful

Tried the coconut oil. Worked great! Thank you

January 9, 20210 found this helpful

I used coconut oil with a Brillo pad, scrubs lightly and immediately came up, then used more coconut oil to rub on after to seal because my coffee pot has no other place to go. He Brillo pad did not scratch up the wood.

April 28, 20230 found this helpful

I take these home remedies with a grain of salt, but my cabinet has a white steam stain on it and I came upon this site. OK, I just went out and purchased a bottle of coconut oil and applied it to a rag and wiped it on.


Almost immediately, the white stain is gone! Yes, it works!

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Here are the questions asked by community members. Read on to see the answers provided by the ThriftyFun community.

January 7, 2009

The dark wood kitchen cabinet front above the microwave has an area that has turned white. What caused this? Steam? How do I clean it?

Irene from Oshkosh, WI


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January 19, 20090 found this helpful

I only have a guess - steam, but didn't want you to think you were being ignored. Wish I could help...maybe Murphy's Oil Soap?

August 2, 20160 found this helpful

White stain on cherry cabinets above microwave? Not bad yet. Is this microwave fault

September 22, 20190 found this helpful

Murphy oil is what I usually use to clean my cherry stained cabinets but it didn't work for the white steam Mark's.

I'm just waiting to see if coconut oil will work.

September 22, 20190 found this helpful

Murphy oil is what I usually use to clean my cherry stained cabinets but it didn't work for the white steam Mark's.

I'm just waiting to see if coconut oil will work.

January 6, 20210 found this helpful

I just used coconut oil on my white stain kitchen cabinet it seems to be working hopefully it won't comeback.

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March 9, 2011

How do I remove steam stains created by a boiling kettle on solid oak kitchen cabinets. I've tried toothpaste, mayo, and rubbing alcohol.

By jane from Ontario


March 11, 20110 found this helpful

Try Googling "Removing steam stains from wood". There are a number of solutions. Good luck!

April 9, 20200 found this helpful

Here is something that really works. Pledge Orange Clean. Spray in on the stain. Leave it. Don't wipe it off. Just leave it. It really works.

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October 17, 2011

This is a page 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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