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Removing White Steam Marks on Wood Cabinets

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Heat can sometimes damage the finish on your kitchen cabinets leaving unsightly white marks. This is a page about removing white steam marks on wood cabinets.


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January 5, 20140 found this helpful

I 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, 20140 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.

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August 23, 20150 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.

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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.

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August 4, 20190 found this helpful

Coconut oil works!

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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


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?

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August 2, 20160 found this helpful

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

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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!

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October 17, 20111 found this helpful

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