Repairing a Table Damaged by Water and Bleach

How do I repair my wooden table? I accidentally left a cloth that had a mix of water and bleach soaked into it and now there is a white stain. I tried furniture polish, but that didn't work either. It just looks like a white spot. Any solutions that work? Please help.

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February 26, 20190 found this helpful
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Try saturating the stain with mayonnaise. Leave a half hour and buff off. If that doesnt work, the bleach damaged the finish and you will have to strip, sand and stain again.

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February 27, 20190 found this helpful
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If it is just a stain, you may be able to remove it from the methods described below. Or there are tons of YouTube videos to fix a stain.

The issue is usually much more serious in that it ate the finish and got to the wood. So then you would remove the "stain" but see damage underneath it.

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When this happens, at least in my experience, it requires stripping, sanding and refinishing.

When I was much younger, I could tackle such projects with ease and did over several "ruined" pieces--a side table, a night table, and a chair.

Now I would not even venture to try it, especially since the other day when I saw a big news story that the stripper I used to use is poison (I guess I always figured, but I was young).

www.nytimes.com/.../lowes-drops-paint-strippers-blamed...

The article has been around for a while, not sure why my local news picked it up this week.

Anyhow, if the finish is ruined, you may want to price out having a refinisher look at it, I don't suggest DIY now.

Post back what you decide. Best wishes!!

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February 26, 20190 found this helpful

Hi,

I would try vinegar and olive oil and rub this mixture into the grain of the table. Use a clean cloth to gently buff the area, to bring it back to a shine.

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