Removing White Heat Stains from a Wood Table

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November 12, 2017

A wet tea bag on top of a folded paper towel was placed on top of my oak coffee table for approximately 1 1/2 hours which resulted in a large stain. It looks like the area was lightened and I have not been able to return it to the original surrounding stain color.

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I tried the hot iron and cotton towel which did not work. Any suggestions?

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November 12, 20170 found this helpful
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Try scraping the surface gently to remove the tea stain. Go over that with a wood crayon that matches the rest of the table. Then apply a few drops of polyurethane with a toothpick

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A friend brought a pizza over and sat it on our sideboard without a trivet underneath. It left a white, round ring where the moist heat from the pizza sat. How do we get rid of that whitish ring?

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May 2, 20190 found this helpful

Either of these two methods may solve your problem. You can prepare a paste using baking soda and water and gently rub the white circle until the discoloration disappears.

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Non-gel toothpaste can be used in the same way to remove the white ring. If neither of these methods are successful you can make a paste using non-gel toothpaste and baking soda to rub on the circle until it vanishes.

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May 2, 20190 found this helpful

Rub mayonnaise and leave a half hour. Wipe off gently.

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October 6, 2018

I ironed a shirt on a solid wood table. I did put a towel underneath, but somehow it stained the table. Is there anything I can use to make it better, it looks quite ill at the moment. It's an area of about 2ft x 2ft.

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October 6, 20180 found this helpful

Does the table have a laquer finish or matte finish? Don't want to suggest a possible solution with out knowing how it is finished.

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October 6, 20180 found this helpful

I have heard that putting mayonnaise on and leaving a half hour before wiping off works well.

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September 20, 2006

Can I remove white marks from waffle type plastic table cover that got imbedded in my dark pine table?

Joan from Rutherford, NJ

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September 22, 20060 found this helpful

Try mayonnaise. Seriously - it takes water rings off very expensive furniture. It can't possibly hurt it.

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October 23, 20080 found this helpful

If you can put the table out in the sun, try rubbing it with a suitably colored furniture polish then setting it out in the sun for a while. I've gotten water marks out of maple chairs that way.

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June 18, 2016

A friend of mine set a hot pan on her dining room table and it made a horrible dark brown burn circle in the table. Is there any way we can work on making it look nice w/o refinishing the table?

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June 19, 20160 found this helpful

Short answer? No. Long answer? Use a tablecloth.

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July 24, 2013

Would a steam mop work?

By Katy

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February 4, 20170 found this helpful

No, not at all.

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November 26, 2012

I have a white stain on my dresser. How do I get it out?

By Diana

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November 27, 20120 found this helpful

It would be useful to know what the stain is. Many white stains are caused by water or heat. These can be fixed, although I have not done so.

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Try googling removing water stains from cherry wood, and see if you get info. If the stain is something else (paint, for example), the method of removal will be different

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August 21, 2013

I steam stained my polished wooden dining room table by ironing (steam iron) on it. How can I remove this stain?

By Reg N

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February 17, 2009

Is there anyway to remove this white ring from my coffee table? I am pretty sure it was caused by my son setting something hot on it, like a bowl of soup.

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June 13, 2007

How can you get white heat marks off a cherry wood table?

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March 20, 2007

A hot dish was placed on wood table and left a white mark. I need to remove the mark without damaging finish, if possible.

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March 31, 2011

I have white round marks on a coffee table. Any ideas how to remove them?

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January 13, 2011

My sister-in-law put a hot baked potato on a white napkin on our wood table and there was a white ring left behind. We freaked out, and she cried.

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August 26, 2010

Iron marks on my dining table made white heat patches on the varnish. Any ideas?

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November 9, 2009

I need help removing ironing marks from a wood table top. They look similar to water marked furniture. Any ideas?

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September 17, 2009

How do I remove white heat marks off a black ash dining table?

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May 12, 2009

I have heat marks on my table. Does the remedy using baking soda and mayo scrub off the varnish since the baking soda is rough? I don't know what kind of varnish was used on this table.

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April 9, 2009

What is the best way to remove white rings/marks from finished wood surfaces (other than ironing)? Thanks.

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April 5, 2009

I tried to remove water marks from a wood table and ended up with the white impression of the iron. What do you suggest?

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September 2, 2008

I have a light colored wooden Ash dining table with white spots. I tried Mayo, cigarette ash, and a steam iron but nothing works.

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March 7, 2005

Does anyone know how to get white heat marks off a wood table? I've tried mayonnaise- let it sit and rubbed it in a bit.

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