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Alcohol Left White Spot on an Antique Dresser

I spilled rubbing alcohol on my dresser the other day. I tried rubbing with soap and water, but the white stain is still on my dresser. It's an antique dresser. What do I do to get that white stain off of my dresser? Thank you.


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July 5, 20091 found this helpful

I'm not sure how you would remove it, maybe goo gone? But most stores actually sell these pens that come in a variety of stain colors (got mine at Walmart) you can use over the stain possibly. I have used it many times on dents or scratches on different pieces of furniture (coffee table, chairs, & dresser).

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May 8, 20123 found this helpful

I will try to give you info re limited info you supplied. Was the dresser wood? If it was made before 1910 the protective coating would not have been lacquer but either varnish or shellac. Do not use soap and water.

Did the alcohol eat thru the protective coating? Are you seeing a spot where the finish was removed? Use a soft rag like a washcloth - dampen a corner and use a little dab of white toothpaste - not a gel and rub gently. This is one of the mildest abrasives you an use. Do a little at a time to see if it is working.


If the coating has been completely removed and the bare wood is showing you may need to refinish the top. Hope his helps.

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August 30, 20160 found this helpful

I use furnished polish and blow dryer it I worked thank God

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September 5, 20160 found this helpful

Thank u for this info. My son was doing a chemistry project and spilled rubbing alcohol all over my wood dining room table. I used the toothpaste and it worked well enough so u don't see the white spots. I am going to try this process again tomorrow.

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September 24, 20160 found this helpful

Thank you so much! I thought I had damaged a coffee table beyond repair and your suggestion worked. Thank you again

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November 11, 20160 found this helpful

Wow< I'm so glad someone knows all this stuff, I tried the toothpaste, and voila the two alcohol spots are gone from an antique dresser that I thought was ruined, I can't thank you enough!!!!!

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December 21, 20160 found this helpful

My grandson spilt some hand sanitizer on our coffee table and we didn't discover it until we saw the white streaks and spots. I tried your suggestion as it seemed the least invasive and it worked like a charm. Used Aquafresh and it worked great, you can't tell anything ever happened.

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May 9, 20170 found this helpful

You are a star. Took cloth off my lovely walnut table to find stain around where placemat would have been when last had friends in.


I decided it was probably alcohol so did your toothpaste tip. it has worked a treat.
Decided to get glass top for table when I can!!
Cannot thank you enough.

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June 22, 20170 found this helpful

Try toothpaste and baking soda. If you keep rubbing the toothpaste and baking soda will combine to form a sand like texture. Keep scrubbing and the stain should come out.

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September 27, 20160 found this helpful

I have a ring on my coffee table from rubbing alcohol how Can I fix this

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March 26, 20170 found this helpful

I used a wax scratch pen for cars. I was experimenting, and it actually worked! The brand I have is turtle, but you can probably get other cheap ones from autozone.

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