Nov 8, 2011

How To Get White Heat Marks Out Of Wood Furniture {Survival Tip Tuesday}


We got an AWESOME deal on our dining room table 7 years ago. It was a wood table that sat 10 people, came with 8 chairs, and looked great too! All for around $400 at a used furniture store.

Four kids and lots of dinners later, the table has a *few* extra imperfections.

Like huge white spots in the middle.

Apparently these white spots are from putting things that are too hot directly on the wood. I’m not sure exactly why it happens (anyone know?), but I DO know how to get rid of it thanks to google!!

Here’s how to get rid of them in 4 easy steps:

1. Clean the piece of furniture.

2. Wet a clean thick cloth or piece of material.  (If you don’t want to wet it, you can use the steam setting on your iron).

3. Place the cloth over the spot.

4. Turn your clothes iron onto one of the medium settings and go back and forth on the cloth for around 20-30 seconds. DO NOT just leave it in one place.

Remove the cloth and the spot should be gone! At least, it was for me!!  It looks like in the picture that there’s a white ring around an area, but it ONLY shows up with the camera (you can’t see it when you look at the table).

This post is part of the Survival Tip Tuesday series!

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  1. Pretty crafty!

  2. Awesome!

  3. Does this worked on finished wood too? I totally want to try this because our kitchen table is beyond ugly. I have to cover it with a tablecloth anytime we have company. 😛

  4. Why would this work? Doesn’t it seem like it would make it worse? (I might be too scared to try this!!- but I have a huge white mark on our table…)

  5. Michelle – I was scared too. I kept the iron a little lower than I thought and check it after a few seconds, then did it again for a few seconds and checked it again.

    Emily – Our table is finished wood and it worked. I was totally nervous trying it, but I think if you just do it for a few seconds each time and then try again until it’s gone that might be best.

  6. I will be trying this soon. A plate of pancakes just left a spot on my table last weekend.

  7. I need something to take white heat marks off my floors from my steam cleaner : I have not read this article yet but wonder if it will work for my floors too…

  8. Toothpaste or mayonaise have both worked for me.

  9. I found this tip a while back, and am glad I did, now if I could just find a way to make my appliances look new again.

  10. OMG. I just did this and it worked!!! I was ready to get rid of the table.

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