Cheaply Removing a White Heat Stain from a Wood Table

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Cheaply Removing A White Heat Stain from a Wood Table

During my rush to get Christmas dinner on the table, I sat a hot pot down on our wood dining room table without a potholder underneath it. Now I have a big white discoloration in the finish of my table. Does anyone know how to remove a white heat stain from a wood table without too much work or cost? Thanks so much for any help. The table isn't worth much, but the white mark is driving me crazy!

Make It Disappear

The same thing happened to our table when blazing hot mugs of tea were placed on the wood. We were left with white rings. I remembered reading about using mayonnaise on the marks. I put a glob on each ring and rubbed it around. I removed the mayo the next day and there was only a hint of a ring. I used a microfiber cloth with Murphy® Oil Soap on it then and it totally disappeared.

Use a Hot, Dry Iron

You can do it with a hot, dry iron. Put down a double layer of t-shirt material. Preheat your iron, but make sure it is not steaming. Iron over the discolored spot, lifting the fabric frequently to check it. As it heats, it will dehydrate the moisture from the varnish. I have used this on cup rings, as well as moisture spots from a hot casserole. Give it a try.

Color Your Way Clear

Try a similarly-colored brown crayon to fill in and cover the white spots.

Use Ashes to Remove Discoloration

If you take ashes from an ashtray, mix with water or oil, rub this over the stain, and then wipe with furniture polish, the stain will disappear. This works for water marks as well. The ashes act as fine sandpaper and will remove the white discoloration in the top coat.

Several Options to Try

Have you tried applying plain mayo (the full fat kind works best) and leaving it overnight? I've found this works really well on water rings on wood, so maybe it would work on heat marks, too. You can also get touch-up pens for wood at home supply stores, which will match your wood color. If all else fails and your wood is a dark color, try Old English® (dark) furniture polish.
Nancy in Santee

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Maybe It Is Tea Time

I had a couple of water stains on my laminate floors in the kitchen. I read somewhere to boil a cup of water and then put in two teabags. After it cooled, I used my finger to spread the "tea" over the spot, waited about half an hour, and then wiped off any that had not evaporated. One of the stains is nearly invisible now, but the other may need another "treatment." It's the only "white spot removal" method I've tried that actually worked (somewhat).

May Be Worth a Try

I successfully removed white stains from an overwatered plant on a dark table using white tooth paste and rubbing with a soft cloth. I have no idea about heat stains, but I'd sure try.

Walnuts and Time

It happens to us all the time. We use a walnut by rubbing it all over the stain. We break the walnut in two and rub the spot with the exposed walnut until it disappears. Sometimes I just wait and time takes care of it.

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