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Removing Hand Sanitizer Stains on Wood

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The alcohol content found in hand sanitizers can leave awful spots on your wood furniture. Thankfully, there are solutions to help remove or minimize any damage done. This is a guide about removing hand sanitizer stains on wood.


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By 0 found this helpful
July 1, 2007

I used Purell hand santitizer to remove permanent marker stains from an oak table (I have used Purell before without problems). The marker stains are gone but it left a cloudy white stain on the table. I have tried baking soda, toothpaste and paper towels with a iron. Please help!

Susan from IA


July 2, 20070 found this helpful

Sounds like the alcohol in the purell ate into the finish thats on the wood. The only solution that I know of is to sand down and refinish.

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July 2, 20070 found this helpful

Try rubbing the spot with white toothpaste. Let set for about 20 minutes, then buff with a soft cloth. This method has worked to remove white cloudy spots from my dining room table caused by sitting a hot plate directly on the table. It can't hurt.

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July 2, 20070 found this helpful

Try infusing some tea bags in a bowl of hot water- til it's as close to the colour of the table as possible- allow to cool. Then with a cloth-dip into the tea solution and rub over the mark. It MAY blend the mark in with the rest of the table that way.


If you are unsure to begin with try a test piece under the table where no one can see.
I am told this is a good way to cover up stains on wood.
Good luck

Monique x
Somerset. UK

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July 3, 20070 found this helpful

it certainly sounds like something, probably the alcohol in the purell removed the stain from the wood. You can purchase pens of wood stain at paint stores that are meant to be used to correct such problems,if it is solid wood not plastic veneer over fiberboard.


Also if you can match the color, try permanent marker and wax used for wood, but the stain touchup marker pen would be better, I think.

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By Carol (Guest Post)
July 3, 20070 found this helpful

try mayonaise. Let stand a short while then wipe off with a clean cloth. It worked on a water stain for me.

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August 28, 20100 found this helpful

Didn't have any mayonnaise, so thought I'd try some "Miracle" Whip just for grins. It worked! And we also learned a valuable lesson, keep the Purell high on the shelf, away from the grandkids.

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July 22, 20170 found this helpful

Just use baby wipes

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November 23, 20130 found this helpful

A hand sanitizer bottle left a stain on a wood end table. What can I do?

By CA Human


May 27, 20150 found this helpful

Method wood polish spray leave for few mins wipe.

Just did mine

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By 0 found this helpful
January 16, 2010

How do I remove a white ring created by a hand sanitizer bottle on my wooden table top?

By Lo from Lancaster, PA


January 17, 20100 found this helpful

Preheat the iron to a low heat/warming setting with NO steam.


Place wax paper over the are with the white mark
Cover the wax paper with a towel.
Place the iron over the area for a few seconds a time. Keep the iron moving to avoid creating a new heat mark.
Repeat with a fresh piece of waxed paper until the mark is removed. Good luck.

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