DIY – How To Remove White Heat Stains On Wood Table

We have an old wood table that has been used and abused for years. I brought it out over the holidays for card playing and commented how badly stained it was–while quickly covering with a cloth.

ExampleThese white cloudy marks are caused by placing hot dishes directly on the surface. It’s been damaged like this for several years.

A few are from chinese food takeout containers and another was caused by pizza boxes. It seems the heat from the containers scorches or somehow steams the finish.

There were also some watermark rings caused by setting cups and glasses directly on the surface. You name it–this table was covered in it. Like I said–it’s been abused!

The bottom right picture is a snap of the finished table, all the stains are gone. The spot at bottom center is just glare from the light. One of these days I’ll figure out the camera and take better pictures–the wood has a dark finish but you’d never know it from these pictures!

What did I do to fix the problem? While setting out the table, a relative gave me a tip: for the scorch marks, just take an iron and apply heat to the cloudy stains, they’ll disappear! If that’s too aggressive for you, no worries, I have some other ideas listed here as well.

First, here are the steps I took to remove them…

  • The first thing I did was wash the surface and dry it well.
  • I took a clean, white cotton towel that wasn’t too thick and placed it over the scorch marks.
  • Taking an old iron set to high dry heat, I placed it on top of the towel, directly over the stain. I let it sit for close to a minute, checked, and nothing happened. The damage was still there.
  • I kept reapplying the hot iron with no results, but once I turned the steam on–that’s when the magic happened. The marks literally disappeared. I couldn’t believe it and it defied logic to me–wouldn’t the steam cause more damage? All I know is that it worked. I was quick to wipe away any moisture and water on the surface after each treatment.
  • Added: A few of the comments below mentioned finishing things off by wiping in a bit of olive oil after successfully using this trick.

A few days later and the surface is still great. The cloudy discolorations haven’t returned. I keep running my hand across the top and I can’t feel any damage to the finish. I’m amazed at how easily this cleaned up–it’s a totally different piece of furniture now.

Caution: I have no idea if this damages the finish, I’m not an expert. It’s something I tried and worked very well in this case.

Added: Although many are finding this technique works on their furniture pieces, some are reporting that this makes the problem worse (see the comments below). The reason for the discrepancy could be what the type of finish is…varnish or shellac. I believe my table in this project is varnish, but I haven’t tested it to confirm.

Added: Glorious tips & suggestions have been contributed by many readers and those souls brave enough to test this…here’s the condensed version of the possible solutions if this technique fixes the original stain–but adds an outline of the iron:

  1. Try a lower temperature and move the iron slowly around the area instead of letting it sit (thanks Matthew!).
  2. Others report success with hot temp & no steam (thanks Flora Monroe!)
  3. and another suggestion to fix this with just a hot iron hovering over the spots (not laying one down on cloth–but hovering–thanks mark harris, Tom, myf, Roxanne, Diana and Melanie!)–I believe they all used steam for the hover technique.
  4. Also scroll down for Dan’s helpful tip using rubbing or polishing compound instead of the above technique if it’s too scary or aggressive for you.

Read the comments below for all the feedback I’ve received and how this has worked out for others. I’m thrilled this tip is working for so many–believe me, I know the state of panic you’re in! Also continuing to try finding a method that works for those that aren’t experiencing success yet, please drop a note if this worked (or didn’t work) for you :).

More Items & Techniques To try

*First published on a separate page and moved here for better organization

If the above steps above are a bit too aggressive for you, try one of the tips below…

  • Mix 50/50 toothpaste and baking soda, rub in. Do not use gel toothpaste for this.
  • Rub in a paste of salt and olive oil, allow to sit for up to an hour. Wipe off.
  • Rub in Miracle Whip (Mayonnaise) and wipe off after an hour.
  • Mix 50/50 vinegar and olive oil and rub into the watermark.
  • Try straight toothpaste (non-gel). Rub in with the grain then wipe off.
  • Make a paste with baking soda and a few drops of water. Rub in then wipe off. You can also try salt instead of baking soda.
  • Rub some Vaseline (or other petroleum jelly) into the watermark and leave overnight. Wipe off in the morning.

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Comments

    • Anjali
    Reply

    Can’t believe it worked for the white stains on my dining table…hardly took 2-3 minutes…true…it works like magic!! wonder what could be the scientific reason behind it 🙂
    Thanks so much for the beautiful tip!!

    • Tom
    Reply

    Thank you for your tip. We just bought a table made from 150 year old pine planks. Paper plate with hot food= cloudy white spots. Tried your tip. Worked great. Just held the steam iron 1/16″ above spots and wiped down with oil. Can’t believe it. I was absolutely scared to try it. Amazing. Thank you , thank you.

    • John and Gill
    Reply

    FANTASTIC – great tip really impressed!

    • marilyn
    Reply

    BRILLIANT IT WORKED FOR ME GOT RID OF ALL THE MARKS THANKS FOR THE TIP

    • TipNut
    Reply

    Melanie I haven’t tried it on veneer so I can’t say for sure, sorry.

    • csw
    Reply

    Skeptical, but it worked like a charm. Thanks for putting this on the web.

    • Melanie
    Reply

    I have a birch veneer ikea table with a white mark. Will this trick work with that type of veneer?

    • mark harris
    Reply

    maghany dining table, had party paper plate with hot food on them left white marks.french polisher want £100 to look at table never mind fixing it read your tip and tried with just the iron hovering over marks and within seconds they were gone. great result and wife is off my case many thanks life saver.

    • David
    Reply

    Brilliant! We had friends over for dinner and didn’t notice that the pan we were using was off the hotpad. When we were cleaning up we noticed the stain. Yikes. Freaking out, I checked online and found this page. Hesitantly I tried it and wala, the stain was gone. Thank you so much for saving our table.

    • EZ
    Reply

    Had several white spots on my antique cherry dining room table. The steam method worked on some of the white spots but not others (didn’t do any harm either) so I don’t know if it’s the finish OR how deep the white stain goes.

    • RASHAD
    Reply

    IT’s a miracle… thank you for the tip.. marks gone in seconds!!!

    • Dana
    Reply

    Thanks for the great tip. My parents are on holiday and I’m house-sitting for them. I noticed this morning that there were watermarks from my glass drinks on my mums lovely wooden coffee table … oops I completely forgot to use the coasters which were only an arm length away. The coffee table is vanish and the steam iron option worked a treat. Awesome! Trust me I won’t be making that mistake again.

      • lynsey
      Reply

      Oh my Dana, I left a pizza box on my mums coffee table last night and have the dreaded white mark!! I am curently researching how to remove it…im going to have to try tonight! Im not sure if its varnish or Shellac or even what wood type it is…i just know its relatively new! Im scared!!

        • lynsey
        Reply

        IT WORKED!!!! I did it last night and it worked! Im so relieved!!! It took me a few goes but that was probably out of fear. I did as a few have done – tea towel over the spot (and covered rest of table just in case) then had it on silk setting but not enough steam so i turned it up and really got the steam going. Hovered and moved the iron in circular motions whilst blasting out the steam for about 15 seconds then grabbed a dry tea towel and really dried it off before repeating. AFter about 10 mins it went!!! I can house sit for the rest of the week smiling at the table that would have cost me my life! I did this on 14 June 2012. New table, not an old one so whether that is varnish or not i dont know but didnt ruin the finish or anything.

      • Danielle
      Reply

      Out of curiosity, is your iron good on everything else? Not placing blame and a great note, but it sounds like your iron may be getting hotter around the edges. This would explain why the heat in the center worked but was too hot around the edges and therefore burned them. Just a though though, I don’t know!

    • josh
    Reply

    Didn’t work for me. It kinda got rid of the light white cloudy mark but left dark white marks from the edges of the iron.

    • ron
    Reply

    We have a solid oak table, 27 years old, after two or three large gatherings white spots appeared . Checked this website and just finished with steam iron and towel,voila! all white spots gone. Thanks so much for the tip.

    • Danielle
    Reply

    I am absolutely amazed. I have some fairly savvy friends who said that these “scorch” marks just can’t be removed without refinishing the table. So I figured if I was stuck with it, it couldn’t hurt to see what remedies were on the Internet. With my search terms, yours was the first one that popped up, and voila! I couldn’t believe that same thing that caused my scorch mark to begin with could remove it from my boyfriend’s table that was a gift from his mother, just days before her visit. You saved the day! Thanks so much.

    • Rosemary
    Reply

    Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! The steam and the iron on the dish towel worked like magic. The white heat stain on my wood table disappeared before my eyes. It took about 4 minutes and there is no sign of the stain. My husband had checked with Home Depot yesterday and they told him we would have to strip the table and restain it. I wish I could hug you!

      • TES
      Reply

      This worked beautifully. I was skeptical…and then amazed at the results of using the steam iron and a white table cloth.. Unbelievable! Thanks so much for sharing this amazing technique. Peace

    • Barry
    Reply

    I was sick to the back teeth of looking at the white stains on my coffee table, left by takeaway boxes. 30 seconds on google and a quick ironing session later and they’re all gone. Thank you for a great tip.

    • miguel sanchez
    Reply

    the iron trick works. but be warned, do NOT press the iron onto the cloth or else you will burn it! just release the steam onto the cloth and move around before lifting it off the stain.

    • Mark
    Reply

    I left a wet cloth on a mahogany veneered table which caused a round white cloudy mark the size of a grapefruit. I tried mayonnaise and furniture polish but this did not do anything. I reluctantly tried the above using a hot iron on a cotton cloth and “hey presto” I watched the stain vanish like magic….how on earth does the stain lift from underneath the varnish without disturbing the lacquer ? I also removed a little mork that has been on the table for years !!! thanks a million

    • Marion
    Reply

    Add me to the list! Best tip ever!!

      • Aisha
      Reply

      Omg those stains on my table have been driving me crazy for over a year! But I didn’t have the money to buy a new one just yet. I had no idea the stains could come out. My beautiful solid oak table is like new again! The regular heat didn’t work, so I added the steam and added a finish immediately after. Fingers crossed it still looks good in the morning! Thanks!

    • Cassandra
    Reply

    My father bought our dining room table as wedding present. I was cleaning the house b4 my mother-in-law was coming to stay & i made a BIG WHITE stain on the table, of course panick mode kick it, found your websit, try it, IT WORKS. now just waiting for her to arrive. THANKS so for save the day.

    • Flora Monroe
    Reply

    I had an ugly white water stain on my table, due to the fact that water was spilt,and no one knew! I tried the HOT iron, dry no steam method with a white Tee shirt under. WOW it worked!
    Our friends had given us this table.
    They had taken wonderful care of
    it for the last 20 years. Because of the water stain I made sure it was converd when they came over.
    Now I don’t have to hide it!!

      • Sheila Jimenez
      Reply

      OmG! Thanks so much for this tip! saved my skin when I poured hot coffee on my brothers new dining table! Thank you so so so so so MUCH!xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox!

    • chris
    Reply

    Worked for me too! Thanks so much!

    • Catherine
    Reply

    Well, feeling very nervous but desperate to get rid of the coffee cup rings, I tried the iron/heat method on a modern,oak dining room table. It really does work. Just waiting for the family to ask what magic I used on it!!!!

    • Juli
    Reply

    Be careful – I tried this tip and it did not work for me, only made the white stain worse. I’m thinking that my table that is almost 20 years old has sort of a shiny finish which may mean it’s shellac which may explain why it only made it worse. I guess it’s time for a new kitchen table.

      • Laura
      Reply

      Same happened to us. The table is old, and the steam and heat made marks worse. The only way to make things better was to keep colder steam over the stain for a few seconds and then quickly rub it with a dry towel using pressure. Repeat as needed. Some of the lighter shade is still there, but it might be gone after rubbing in some oil.

        • Christy
        Reply

        I had exactly the same problem. The steam iron made giant cloudy spots, but I turned the heat down and turned off the steam and went back over it with the dry iron and a dry towel and they went away. The table is good as new now. Try that.

    • TipNut
    Reply

    Judy it really does work, but for some it didn’t. It may have something to do with the type of wood finish/varnish.

    • judy
    Reply

    The heat spot was caused by my
    ironing with steam on a towel on
    the dining room table. I’m hesitatant to try the same to remove it!!! Does it REALLY work?

    • Lily
    Reply

    Wow! It works! My husband wanted to get rid of our beautiful dinning table because of the white heat marks. I tried your trick and it worked. The table stays. Thank you so much!

    • SunnyCal
    Reply

    Can’t even begin to tell you how amazingly well it worked! Hot pizza boxes carelessly left on our cherry dining table created a huge 8-inch round white-mark. One application with high-temp and full steam, the stains were gone!!!!

    A huge thanks to you and your site! And special thanks to Google for helping me find your truly fabulous site!!!

    • JT (Jim's sun)
    Reply

    Well, I thought it was a crazy idea to put a hot iron on the new table we just got, but it worked. The pizza stain was gone and Mom was jumping up and down. No, just kidding, she wasnt that exited. I’m just glad we dont have that stupid looking stain anymore.

    • Relieved Jimmy
    Reply

    We just bought a Bermex table with a birch top, arguably the nicest furniture we have in our home. Needless to say that I was horrified when a piece of microwaved pizza on a paper plate left a white scorch mark.
    I immediately went to the net and after some searching found your site.
    This is now the greatest site in the world…it totally worked. My wife was scared and so was I but not guts no glory. THANK YOU!!!

    • Justine
    Reply

    wow! I can’t believe it worked! I was the victim of a hot tea pot on a white napkin, after I went to put the teapot away saw a huge white stain on my beautiful cherry table…..my husband was not a happy camper. I was terrified to try this seeing as this was how the stain came about in the first place. This morning I had mayonaise on it for a few hours after reading that on another website…..no help. I am so glad I found your tip and tried it! this worked like a charm, thank you very much!!!

    • eric
    Reply

    incredible! worked for me like magic. thank you so much! i think my table is varnished but don’t know for sure…

    • TipNut
    Reply

    Thanks for pointing that out Ole, I couldn’t pinpoint the problem some were having vs. the great success others were having. Your comment may just be the answer.

    I believe the table I worked on is varnish, but haven’t tested it. Sorry it’s not more specific.

    I updated the info in the post.

    • Ole
    Reply

    You guys need to make it clear what kind of surface you have on your tables. What works on varnish may not work on shellac.

      • Timmer
      Reply

      I agree 100% with you Ole. You need to know what kind of surface finish is on the furniture. As you say what works on varnish my not work on shellac.

    • nina
    Reply

    I just tried this tip and it made the white mark worse than before.

      • Timmer
      Reply

      Nina, I had the same results, so what I did was I took extra fine steel wool, and a product called “Guardsman Furniture Polish”. I sprayed the whole surface with the furniture polish then I worked it in with the steel wool, not rubbing too hard, otherwise you may take the existing finish right off. Once the polish dried, I buffed it in with a clean rag. This worked like a charm!

    • BR Papers
    Reply

    My husband & I tried this on our coffee table that had a heat mark (from a crock bowl that was just removed from the microwave.)

    We wee amazed at how it worked! We then decided to give it a try on my dining room hutch. We have no idea what spilled on it to cause that white mark. But, like magic the white marks disappeared!

    • DL Scott
    Reply

    I don’t think you need anymore affirmation but I can’t restrain myself. We had white stains from hot stuff on paper plates and my wife was sick about it. We cleaned up our prized cherry dining room table in ten minutes. This tip was a lifesaver.

    • lesley
    Reply

    17/01/2008

    I put a glass candle on a slate coaster on my teak table and it left nasty white mark.

    I have just used a white towel and the steam iron , i went over it gently 3 times and wipeing the miosture away and rubbed in little teak oil and the stain has completely gone.

    Thankyou so much for this tip.

    Lesley.

    • emma the magician
    Reply

    me and my cousin decided to cook xmas dinner as all the family was on holiday over xmas. we decided to put the foil tray with gravy in the middle of the table on top of a table cloth and a tea towel.After waking up to a complete bomb shell of a mess the next morning, I lifted the tea towel to be horrified my a big white stain mark in my mums expensive table.”oh my god what the hell are we going to do”? thats it all chip in for a french polisher between all the cousins.it will only be a few quid each. “ouch” oh no (£450 quid). sod that we all said. looked on the internet and guess what “bobs your uncle Fannys your aunt” this tip worked wonders.Thanx

    • Josie
    Reply

    Oh my God, I can’t believe that the hot iron removed the white heat stains from my dinning room table. I thought that nothing would remove them. But, I tried it and it worked, it was amazing watching the stains disappear. I recommend this to anyone who is experiencing the same problem that I did. Good Luck!!

    • Jane Dane
    Reply

    Help!!! I tried the tip for making white heat stains disappear from a wood table. It only made it worse. What am I doing wrong???? Please help. Jane

      • Courtney
      Reply

      Jane, I had the same problem, so here’s what I did: I laid a clean white towel over the affected area, used a spray bottle with water instead of the steam function on my iron to moisten the towel, ironed the moistened towel with a high level of heat, lifted the towel, and then IMMEDIATELY rubbed vegetable oil over the area with a clean rag. If I didn’t rub in the oil within seconds after lifting the towel up, the spots would slowly reappear on the table. After using a combination of the steam iron and oil, my table looks great. This might have something to do with the specific finish on the wood (I’m hardly an expert!), but this tip might work for you and others who are having problems with the steam iron technique. Good luck!

        • Sam
        Reply

        Thanks Courtney
        I used a wet towel and laid the iron on top for about 10 seconds. I lifted the towel and there was a slight white mark from the iron on the table (less opaque than the stains) I rubbed canola oil into the wood with the cloth and it seemed to disappear for the most part.

          • Cindy
          Reply

          Amazing! the canola oil made the discoloration disappear completely. The wood now looks clean and conditioned. By the way… I did not apply steam, only the heat from the iron.
          Thanks to all for the good tip.

            • Bob

            I have a wood kitchen table with numerous heat rings. I first cleaned the table. I tried the steam on one ring and it made it worse. I used an iron without steam on an old linen sheet and it worked. Afterwards I applied English Leather to the entire table top and it looks great.

    • Susan W.
    Reply

    Thank you so much for that tip! My husband and I hosted a post-Christmas party last night and we found two white stains on our antique dining room table after the guests went home. At first I panicked but thanks to your tip, the stains are now gone! Thanks again!!!

    • TipNut
    Reply

    I’m so glad this tip has saved a few precious tables (and prevented some heartache!). Thanks for letting me know this has helped you :).

      • Brenda
      Reply

      I was in tears had hot paper plate sat on wood with pork chops. Cleaned table off and wood had a white circle on it. Went to internet and found this great tip with iron. IT WORKED. THANKS!!! Very hard to believe this would work. March 21, 2011

    • Cathy Dalton
    Reply

    My fiancee’s black coffee table was he victim of a hot tea pot on multiple layers of towel…I tried the iron and steam and like the tipster said it worked like “magic”!

    Thanks!

    • Mandaly
    Reply

    Oh my goodness, thank you so much for the tip. My husband and I just bought a brand new very expensive cherry table and for thanksgiving this year I set a pan of something very hot on my new table (even though there were three layers of cloth below the pan) and got a huge white blotch on my table. I steamed it with the iron and It was gone in 2 minutes. Thanks again!!

    • Jay
    Reply

    Thank you!!! Without thinking, I decided to iron a shirt on a towel on a gorgeous round chest I received from my mother that I use as a coffee table in the living room, using plenty of steam. After ironing, I left the towel there for a while, and after I pulled it up, it was full of horrid white stains. I almost cried. I tried your tip and it worked perfectly. You don’t even need the towel, just hold the iron close to the stains and steam like hell. I tried this on some other heat stains on other wood items, and it worked great – except on an old desk that doesn’t have much varnish left on it – it actually made it worse…! Thank you, though – your tip saved the day for me!

      • Teri
      Reply

      I put mayonnaise on a pop ring that was on an old dresser, left it on for 15 min…wiped it right off!!! So if you have older furniture try mayonnaise!!

    • Lynda
    Reply

    Wow, we had company and used paper plates which left white spots on our beautiful table. Tried the iron and within seconds they are gone. Thank you.

      • Sarah
      Reply

      Same thing happened to me, except the steam iron left a HUGE white spot on my table 🙁 Now instead of a half-plate shaped mark, I have a circular iron mark! *Kills self*

        • jeannette
        Reply

        My Aunt told me to blow a hair dryer on a white ring that was on my oak coffe table,and it worked.Like the guy above said water gets trapped in there and the heat I think drys it up.Worked great cause I was near tears.

        • daisy
        Reply

        Same thing happened to me!! But I didn’t give up, I tried rubbing toothpaste with salt and used a soft bristle brush.. After about three tries it took the huge white steam stain I’d done with the iron out

    • sandy
    Reply

    It is in fact amazing. I tried it on my table today and it worked. Thanks for sharing this tip with everyone!

      • Andrew Marlay
      Reply

      It works! And, it works fast. I kept the setting on the iron as low as possible but still able to get steam. I folded the terrycloth towel in half, figuring I’d be a little safer with two thicknesses of towel.

      I also kept the iron moving slowly in a circular motion.

      I am really, really pleased with the results. The marks are completely gone.

        • Treasa
        Reply

        The iron worked great… amazing… I thought I ruined my friends $2000 table with a bowl of hot soup…. I read this tip and was amazed that it worked… her table is like brand new…. Thank you!!!!

    • Roxanne
    Reply

    Thankyou very much for the tip on stain removal from wood table. My table was new and I didn’t know what to do. The iron worked like a charm. There is just a little mark left but I don’t want to push my luck. Thanks again.

      • Larry E
      Reply

      Just like to also add that I got the white spots after ironing a shirt over a towel using steam to iron. So needless to say very skeptical about this approach. The steam iron took out the majority of the white spots, but left a light white tint still. Used the olive oil after and table looks 90% better. Thanks for all the comments on this!

        • Shirley Foreman
        Reply

        Thank you for this article. My daughter placed pizza boxes on my beautiful oak table. I had a Christmas cloth on and when I removed it, I was just sick when I saw the huge white spots on my table. I tried the white towel with the steam iron and in just minutes the spots were gone. I then used lemon oil furniture polish and now my table looks just like new!!! THANK YOU!!!!

          • Camie
          Reply

          No way! I can not beleive this works, but it does! I had a perfect iron mark on my new mahogany dining room table. I followed these instructions, ironing on high steam setting over a thin towel, and it vanished in less than 10 seconds! A beautiful thing ….

            • Michael

            Medium Iron. Thin Towel. Steam on. Stain gone in 15 seconds.

            • lorraine

            i thought my table was ruined by the hot food on paper plates which i stupidly put on my mahogany table .however thanks to your good advice of ironing on high steam setting over thin towel worked wonders then rubbed table top with olive oil its looking good now
            so many thanks!!!!!!

            • David

            Had a table less than 3 months and made a mark with a coffee plunger. Was feeling pretty depressed by the sight of the white ring. As everyone says a hot steam iron hovering above a tea towel worked wonders. 10 seconds and good as new! Thank you so much!!

            • Chris Gillenwater

            AMAZING!! Husband set a cast iron skillet on my table when he moved it it left a huge white spot on it. He did not realize the skillet was still that hot. I tried your suggestion I use the steam iron with a thick towel under it for less than a minute and it looks amazing. after it cooled off I used the olive oil on the table looks as good as new you can’t even tell that there was damage. I can’t thank you enough.

            • Bonita

            Using a hairdryer help you lift the white stains as well. You just need patience and a good blow dryer.

          • Alisa
          Reply

          This works so well! I couldn’t believe it when the pizza box left a huge white stain THROUGH my placemats! But, this worked wonders. Steam took less than a minute, but I noticed that the spot felt a little rough and looked dull so I used some olive oil and now it looks brand new! Thanks, guys 🙂

            • jan

            Cant believe this has just worked on my pine coffee table,white mark left from a pizza box i am amazed thank you .

            • Linda

            was worried as I got the stain from ironing on the table on a heavy towel doubled up. I I took a chance and it worked. Dish cloth and steam iron and then buff. It took more than one try but I could see it disappearing. Finished by polishing with olive oil.
            Who would believe it.
            Thanks

            • Deb

            Mine happened from a pizza box too! I couldn’t believe it! Going to try this out tomorrow, but it sounds like everybody had great results 😉
            And thanks for all the extra tips

            • Jeremiah Graham

            It really work’s

            • Jean Rice

            Suppose your not sure if your table is wood or not? I have those spots on my camper table and afraid to use this method in cause my table is not a wooden type of material.

          • Corinne
          Reply

          We had the same thing happen to an antique mahogany hall stand…. i freaked out! The steam seemed to make it much worse but slowly moving warm iron over the marks without the steam on and over a towel seemed to get rid of the marks. We then used the polishing oil to reduce the dull appearance but it looks great now thankyou!

            • francesca

            Fantastic, a miracle before my very eyes! I had tried everything. Gone to the retailer only to be told I would have to live with it. Table looks bran new.

            • john

            you just saved me! I had less than 2 hours before mum and dad got back off holiday. tried the iron with steam on and a t-shirt first which made the stain ten times worse plus it added little white spots too. then tried the iron with steam off and a towel, after afew goes the stain began to disappear then eventually totally went!
            thank you thank you

          • Shan
          Reply

          My daughter also placed pizza boxes on my beautiful Timber Table. I was beside myself when I seen 2 large white spots… I found this article and was a bit worried, but I decided it couldn’t be any worse then it already is. I was simply AMAZED! The spots disappeared within seconds! It was almost like a magic trick.

          After I done it, I wiped it over instantly with a dry cotton rag and then applied a little Olive Oil and rubbed it in well.

          My table is back to normal again…. (Thank goodness as it is only 1 month old!)

          Thank you for sharing this article. You saved me!!!

          • Julie
          Reply

          Toothpaste did not work..it took the stain off. Olive oil and salt…bad.

          • Frances Williams
          Reply

          I too tried the steam iron on a cotton tea towel for a white stain from a pizza box. All gone! I was in the process of contacting a furniture refinisher and came across this idea to remove these stains. I sure will remember this for any future problems but I am hoping there are none . It is very hard to know what might cause this as another one was from steam from a hot pan placed on a trivet. The openings in the trivet were stained. Think the only solution is back to a heat protecting pad on the whole table and then trivets?

        • JOHN
        Reply

        BLOODY MARVELOUS,, CAN’T BELIEVE IT WORKED IN ABOUT 40 SECONDS,, GREAT STUFF

          • Vicki
          Reply

          Cannot believe it worked. Looks great.

        • Ann P
        Reply

        Thought my son had ruined a favorite side table w/ hot food, but steam iron was the ticket! I put on high setting w/ steam and ironed over a few folded white paper towels. Followed up w/ olive oil and Pledge, and good as new!! Thanks so much.

          • Sandi
          Reply

          Not sure when you posted your suggestion, but I followed your method on using steam, paper towels and olive oil.(I didn’t have any furniture polish) It worked like a charm. Table looks beautiful now. Thanks heaps!!! I will never iron on that table again.. ha ha.

          • Stacey
          Reply

          My son did the same to my new dining room table (hot food on paper plates), I tried everything and this is the only thing that worked!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you to all of you who posted this extremely helpful information!!!

          • Ludi
          Reply

          Was afraid to use the hot iron method on beautiful dining table so, when my wife was away, tried on a stain on our coffee table first. Passing hot iron without steam above stain did nothing. Passed above with steam on – still nothing. Then I tried pillow case on table and steam on, and pressing on the cloth back and forth for a few seconds – stain greatly reduced. A second try for a few more seconds and the stain was gone! I wiped off the slight steam moisture after each ironing.
          With some trepidation still but also cautious confidence from my first success, I now went for the full Monty – the much larger heat stain on our dining table. Same pillow case, same iron on steam (cotton setting) and after three or four ironings, lifting cloth and checking each time in between (and wiping the little moisture), it worked again, like magic! A little olive oil wipe and the table was perfect.
          Thank you all for the advice that I just put into practice. Very appreciated.

            • Kate

            THANK YOU!! Left a coffee ring on my mother-in-law’s table and after trying a few things, the mayo fixed it!!!

          • Laura
          Reply

          Will this method work on a wood laminated table??

        • Marilyn
        Reply

        This has made my day – or YEAR!
        I had tolerated looking at a square mark on our mahogany dining table for two years (the result of my husband ignoring my plea to put something extra under a Lasagne dish straight from the oven).
        Then yesterday we served Sunday lunch on heated dinner plates but we had only set the table with fabric placements. The result was two almost circular white marks to match the square one!
        Needless to say I was mortified when I saw the state of the table and so I re-read the advice about using the steam iron and took a chance.
        The table now looks like new and the only thing I regret is that I didn’t do it two years ago and I would have saved the mournful thoughts I had every time I looked at the square mark!
        I simply laid a tea towel on the mark and hovered the iron about an inch from the surface for a few seconds (the coward in me didn’t want to risk longer. One mark took a another attempt which could have meant that I didn’t leave the steam for long enough. As soon as I wiped the area dry, the job was comlete!
        Thank you so much to the person who compiled this site and all thos who took time to give testimonies of such a positive nature.

          • Lily
          Reply

          OMG – this totally worked, I am amazed. Thanks for the great hack.

        • Mark Thompson
        Reply

        £600 coffee table…thought it was ruined forever after hot plate placed on top! Thin towel, medium heat and no steam fixed in 60 seconds. Can’t thank you enough…awesome!!

          • Sam
          Reply

          Thank you sooooo much!! I was worried I ruined my boyfriends $600 wood table. I tried everything. I ran my IRON on top of the table. I put a washcloth down over the white spot because I was a little scared to put an iron directly on the wooden table. It worked in less than 2 minutes! Thank you so much for this tip. Looks like I didn’t ruin his table after all!! Hooray

        • tenor
        Reply

        DO NOT DO THIS!!!! It will make you white mark worse (larger and just as white) and may even make the finish take on the texture of the material. Polishing with olive oil and a soft cloth will make the stain less pronounced, but it will remain and resurface after a while… I just keep polishing with olive or mineral oil…

          • Erika
          Reply

          The iron isn’t working for our table – the mark goes away initially but when the table cools the mark comes back – sometimes worse. Any suggestions? I’m going to try polishing it with the olive oil and see if that works. Tenor, have you had any luck completely removing yours?

          • Kelly
          Reply

          Made my table worse! The initial stain lifted BUT it left a much larger stain all around the stain and it took on the texture of the towel. What A complete mess!

          • Val McElree
          Reply

          I used mayo on a big stain left by a hot pizza bod, I was unsure of how to do it and opted for the simplest thing that works on the long list, and it it worked beautifully, stain is totally gone and it was so nice and shiny I wiped the whole table. Thanks Tipnut.

        • gaileileen
        Reply

        I’m thrilled to say this actually worked!! I have pics to prove it!! I went slow cuz the iron thing scared me but after seeing starting to work…I went all in!! Thank u thank u thank u!

          • Mia
          Reply

          Wow we thought we’d have to re-sand the table. Did maybe 8 seconds of steam and a hot iron over a dish towel and the marks went away instantly. What the heck!!!

        • Mahesh
        Reply

        It is amazing. My new table had a large round white area where I’d put a steamer with dumplings. I tried soda and toothpaste and it was still the same. 10 seconds, steam iron and towel did it. Now there’s no mark. Thanks a ton

      • Lisa
      Reply

      Just tried this on 2 heat rings on our dining room table. Used steam at a medium heat setting and a white T-shirt. Both came out in less than a minute. Used a little furniture polish to bring back the gleam and table looks awesome! Previously tried mayonnaise with no success. Had resigned myself to the cost to re-finish. Thanks!

        • Omar
        Reply

        I just tried this a few seconds ago and it worked in about a minute and a half to remove three rings from coffee I set down carelessly. Thanks for the tip!

          • Joan
          Reply

          Same as a lot of other comments .Hot chinese dishes and hot tea left directly on table caused a lot of white stains . Tried the hot iron as suggested with steam then rubbed baby oil on with some cotton wool the result was amazing .Sorry I didnt google it a year ago. Thanks

            • Suenita

            Thank you! This actually worked. Thank goodness. Phew.

      • sean
      Reply

      girlfriends moms coffee table saved in under 1 minute. thank you

      • TWFP
      Reply

      There are all sorts of products to buy for removing ring marks and we find that none of them actually work. The only method we use is dangerous, extreme fun and we have only known it not work twice. But we take no responsibility if you get it wrong! You need methylated spirit, cotton wool and a cigarette lighter. Just dampen the cotton wool with the meths and hold only in your left hand. Hold the lighter in your right hand. Wipe over the ring mark with the cotton wool, make sure that your hand is well away and flick the lighter on at the edge of the mark. The meths will light and the mark will disappear. Do you want to know why? Well the white mark is caused by putting something hot and wet on the table, such as a dripping mug of tea. The heat opens up the pores of the timber which soak in the moisture. As the cup cools the moisture is trapped inside the wood. Meths burns at a very low temperature and does not burn for long. What happens is that the lit meths opens up the pores long enough for the moisture to escape before they close up again. This way you are not disguising the mark, you are removing it. But remember: Only use meths, make sure you use the smallest amount, if it burns for more than 3 second then just blow out the clear flame as you would blow out birthday candles and do not set fire to the cotton wool or your fingers. It will hurt! Also remember that heat resisting mats for your table are not a license to put 200 degree pans on. You will damage your table, the mats resist heat they don’t repel it!

        • Darla
        Reply

        Yes, I have an antique table and this technique made the white stain disappear. I put a damp washcloth (steam on my iron no longer working) over the spot and gently moved the iron back and forth for 15 seconds. Voila, table top restored!

          • carol
          Reply

          just tried white towel with steam iron on high setting on my wood kitchen table on 5 year old white marks left from a hot pizza box worked great still can’t believe it. table looks brand new. thank’s again. Carol

      • Barbara
      Reply

      IT DID IT!!!I was a little afraid but could not have made it much worst and when I removed the cotton cloth I was amazed…Thanks so much

        • Allan
        Reply

        This completely and utterly worked. Thank you so much for posting this.

        • Kate
        Reply

        OMG! My mother in law’s MOTHERS table….did I mention it is on loan? Thank you thank you. I too was timid but it totally worked. Iron, steam, towel, hover. Thank you!

          • Robin
          Reply

          I have ironed a piece of fabric on the table and now the table had small white specks from the fabric. I’m sick about it . Can this steam combination work for that?

        • Shiralee
        Reply

        Thank you – this was such a successful tip – absolutely amazing – I now have two brand new tables – worked like a charm. The olive oil was also an amazing tip – Many thanks.

      • Beth
      Reply

      I took my steam iron to my oak pedistol table with multiple white marks…It took every stain out !!!!! Thanks for the tip.
      Very Grateful

        • Dennis Dudley
        Reply

        We used the steam iron method on a cherry dining room table that had a white heat ring. First just hovering hot iron without success then pushed steam button wiped away excess water and after a few applications the ring was gone.. Great idea!
        Dennis

      • ana
      Reply

      CAN NOT belive this worked…i was about to spend cash on a new coffee table!!! Thanks so much

      • Stacey
      Reply

      Thank you for the helpful information on how to remove a white hot stain off a wood table-
      I set a cup of hot tea down and the bottom of the cup was wet, (I did not know this).
      I tried the white towel with using a hot iron, hovering it with no steam, tried the hot iron moving it across the stain and nothing was working- I then tried the steam technique and I am happy to say it worked. I hovered while pressing the steam button for about 15 seconds, then wiped the excess moisture away and the white stain is gone- yay!
      Thank you
      S

      • Herb
      Reply

      Thank you so much for sharing this! It worked out brilliantly and saved us a lot of worried 🙂

        • Jeane
        Reply

        I used the steam iron technique on my kitchen island and it worked! No more white ring from a hot plate! Thank you so much!

      • Elle
      Reply

      Thank you so so much! I have just moved in to a brand new fully furnished apartment after setting a hot drink down on the bedside table, I noticed the same heat stains! I am now living in Taiwan and don’t speak the language so I was really worrying. My mother said there is some sort of product that you can buy that can remove these heat stains but I had no chance as everything is so different here. Then I came across this web site! It worked wonders! Literally only 2-3 seconds (as I was scared!) and the stain had gone! I used the towel and medium heat with steamer on! Thank you so much you’re a life saver! This will always stay in my good housekeeping memory! ^.^

      • Larry
      Reply

      Absolutely amazing!! My daughter placed a paper plate with hot food on my new oak table. The white stains were awful. The iron on medium heat with steam with a wash cloth between the iron and table removed the white spots immediately. Thanks and my daughter is no longer grounded! 🙂

      • John
      Reply

      Roxanne, the trick is to make sure you keep moving the iron. It should be set at medium temperature with the steam on. I doubled up a dish drying towel to use on the surface of the wood.

        • Catherine Cici
        Reply

        I put a folded sheet on top of my wood chest to iron some table clothes. I removed the sheet to find lots of white marks everywhere. I’ve tried everything but the iron….what should I do

        F

      • Cynthia
      Reply

      Well as everyone else I was terrified to try this. I ruined my Victorian dining table imported from Belgium.It’s part of a dining set worth over 20k. I placed a hot pot, on a trivet, on a place mat that wAs on a table cloth!!!! And it still marred the tabletop. Devastated I blamed everyone in the house for being careless. As I thought I had protected it sufficiently. Well I ended up doing it again and this time with all the protection it was even worse !!! I found this site and read for hours everyone’s experience. I figured since I was going to have it professionally redone what can I possibly do to make it worse?
      I went over the mark very closely and noticed it looked like wax had been disturbed. Since I didn’t have an iron available, I used a blow dryer, high heat and hovered closely to the spots. They disappeared and I scrubbed with the grain with a soft kitchen towel. I did this to ensure there weren’t any dull spots.
      5 min and my precious priceless table was 100%! I polished it right away. I looks fabulous and inwas so happy!!! Just thrilled! Thank you so much and I hope this help someone !!!

        • Diane
        Reply

        I have a 3 inch by 6 inch spot like yours but my table has a shiny finish. It is a Skovby and Danish. I wonder if it will work.

          • helen
          Reply

          Yes, the hot iron will work. Just removed a white spot from shiny dining table from Denmark. Was a miracle!!

        • Kimberly
        Reply

        I tried the hair drier on high heat and it worked great! I rubbed a little olive oil on it after and it looks perfect! I am so happy I found this site!

        • Jean
        Reply

        Thankyou thankyou thankyou … I have saved up for three years to get my self a new table, finally got it just before christmas. But after only a week we got a water mak on it… devastated was not the word… Absolutly over the moon .. thank you! I also used a hair dryer!

      • Jean D.
      Reply

      I have never replied to something like this before but I am amazed! My Bermex table has had this problem since I bought it. Anything I put on it, even over a place mat or tablecloth leaves an unsightly whit spot. I have tried to deal with Bermex to no avail. I have had the top professionally repaired,only to have it happen again. This worked in a minute!!! I was just shopping for a new table and saw this website. Thank you! My table looks great.

      • cami
      Reply

      I am so happy right now. I just gave the Iron w/ steam over a dish towel a try and it worked like a charm. My husband set something down on the table during one of the holidays and when he saw the white mark he felt so bad. I just kinda smiled (practicaly thru tears) and said don’t worry about we can get it fixed. I was just sick about it. I just kept a runner on the table to cover it up. Now you can’t tell anything ever happened. Thank you so much for the tip.

      • julie
      Reply

      I read these posts and thought NO WAY will that work but I thought i have nothing to loose so i gave it a go and i was so shocked when it actually worked so don’t be afraid give it a try as it REALLY does work .. THANKS to the person that found this out as it has saved my unit from the tip ….

      • Monna
      Reply

      Thanks so much for this Tip!
      I tried the towel over the spots and hovering the steam iron over them. I used a medium setting,because I was nervous. When I turned the settiing to high, it took less than 30 seconds to remove the stains! Amazing!
      I should also mention that I had tried a commercial product that laid claims to fixing this, but to no avail. At work there are anitbacterial hand cleaner stains on an antique dresser. I think I will try the mayonaise tomorrow…if it doesn’t work,I wonder if this would…

      • Marjorie
      Reply

      I went online searching ‘how to remove white water marks from table’ . Found this website and after reading all the success stories, I immediately tried the cloth/steam method – PRONTO – marks are gone and so are the worries I have lived with for long time. THANKS

      • Gloria
      Reply

      O.M.G…I’m so THANKFUL for the steam iron tip on white burns on wooden tables…I used a white tee-shirt on table with stean iron & it was gone in seconds…Praise GOD & whoever came up with this method because it wasn’t even my table…I was horrified to say the least & equally horrified to use an iron over the already burn mark…

      • Donna
      Reply

      After years of unsightly white stains on my very expensive dining table, i read your review and decided to bite the bullet and try it. I could not believe my eyes. After hovering over the white cotton cloth with a steaming iron the white mark was completely gone and did not damage the beautiful finish! Thanks Roxanne

      • vanessa
      Reply

      thank you love my table and with the white spots i didn’t know what i was going to but thr trick with iron and white cloth work great i’m once again proud of my table but i do have one question what do i do so it don’t happen again

      • christine
      Reply

      Grain alcohol also works surprisingly well! I used Everclear!

      • pandora
      Reply

      wow! who would thunk it! but i not owning a real iron used a curling iron without the shirt and just rub it with a damp cloth!

        • bbi
        Reply

        Omg I never comment but this was a marriage saver. I placed hot hamburger on a napkin on our oak foot rest of bed and hubby didn’t eat right away. Left white curcle. I told him bout this site and he was not buying it…..steam worked n less than five seconds

      • Carrie
      Reply

      I tried this on my kitchen table and it made it worse, I’m guessing that it depends on the type of wood. I was hoping that this would work but I guess I will keep trying other things.

        • Janine
        Reply

        It made my table worse too… Now I’m trying to figure out how to explain to my husband that I thought steaming the table, when that’s what caused the problem in the first place, would fix it. “Oh, because I read it on the internet…”

          • Gail
          Reply

          Using the iron method made my living room coffee table worse as well

          • Alan
          Reply

          Brilliant… our Ethan Allen tea cart had a tea kettle ring.. tried all the pastes and runs to no avail.., then decided to go for broke with the steam iron!!!! Incredible!!! Stains gone!!!!

      • Lene
      Reply

      Thank you so much it worked like magic, I was very nervous to bring a hot steaming iron to my brand new $3200 table but I had nothing to lose and my table now looks amazing. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.

        • Andrew Tennant
        Reply

        Absolute disaster. DO NOT DO THIS. Very expensive table with small white mug ring now has iron shaped deeper white mark. Completely ruined .

      • Michael
      Reply

      Truly fantastic. I would like to know WHY it works. If placing a hot item on the table (oak in our case) creates the white discoloration, why does adding more heat take it away – instantaneously? Does anyone know the science behind this treatment?

        • Kimmi
        Reply

        Fantastic indeed. Who would of known that the damage from using a steam iron on a table could be repaired by….doing it again! By golly it worked though. The damage was most likely due from longer heat exposure, although I was using a portable ironing board set on the table. 5 seconds of the same moist heat reversed the damage, but I’m betting I could re-damage it again if I did this for 5-10 minutes instead of seconds. BTW, there’s a post somewhere above that explains the science behind this, although he uses a different method, I’m sure it still applies to this method.

        • Science guy
        Reply

        Condensation. The heat coming from a cup or item brings the moisture to condense at the top of the wood, but if you heat the wood itself, the moisture is drawn to disperse through that heated area. I’m sick so I can’t tell if that made sense. Think when you come out of the shower, you get steamed glass, because the shower was the heat producer. If you wait a second next time you shower, and you take the blow drier and blow dry the glass, the condensation will dissipate because you heat the glass.

      • JANE SCOTT
      Reply

      great tip , i couldnt believe it made the heat mark go ,, thank you for the tip , jane

      • Jamie
      Reply

      Don’t iron your table!!!!! It worked for the original spot but created a bigger spot witch was not removed but made even WORSE with more ironing. Rub toothpaste into the spot, rinse with wet towel, dry and repeat until gone. It will go away but you must repeat several times.

      Ironing is good for a table that you are not afraid of ruining. If you are the least bit afraid of making it worse use toothpaste.

        • Renee
        Reply

        I used my tried-and-true method for repairing a deep dent in an oak hall mirror (hot water applied to spot for 10-20 minutes), but this time it left a white mark. The area was too small for an iron, so I rubbed a baking soda/water past onto the white mark, and it was gone in seconds.

          • Vicky
          Reply

          I too tried the heat (hair dryer) method on my walnut table and it was only worse, but after reading Renee’s comment I tried baking soda/water paste and the white came right out. It also made the finish dull but I rubbed some olive oil in then wiped off with Endust and it looks nice now. THANK you.

      • willsr
      Reply

      It worked like a charm!!! I added Murphy’s Oil Soap afterwards just to finish the job. It looks great.

      • Jill
      Reply

      After reading all the oomments on how to remove the white spots on furniture, I went to Ace Hardware and found the perfect solution. They sell a cloth by a company called Homax, and it is specifically for removing water spots and heat spots. I used it on my 1940’s table, and almost all spots are completely gone. The one that does remain is very faint. You simply rub it on the table to remove the spot, and then polish with furniture polish. I couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome!

      • Ginny
      Reply

      It worked! Pizza on a paper plate with plate holder made a checkered white pattern on an old coffee table…….mayonnaise, soft sanding and old english polish did not work…..a hot iron over a cloth made the stain disappear in less than 30 seconds!! Thanks again for the tip.

      • Betty Grossman
      Reply

      I had ironed off a couple items on my table with a nice heave terry cloth towel under the items and I have done this time and time again but when I took the towel up, oops! there was the terrible white stains. I went and got furniture polish and scrubbed, no good,I then thought go on the webb and see if you can find any hints there, and found you. The steam iron worked great, I was a little leery to use that method but desided to go ahead, no mess, a little time but well worth it. Thank you so much

      • TEREZA
      Reply

      I really want to say thanks for this great informations . I left a hot cup coffee this morning im my beautiful pre new handed paint table . I used my regular cleaners like 409, this time did not help at all.Than I was reading your sugestions and I use colgate regular toothpaste, instantlly the stain desapair.I am very happy and I say again thank you very much…

        • marinawasserberg
        Reply

        THE BEST RESULT WAS TOOTHPASTE WITH SALT, FOLLOW THE GRAIN OF THE WOOD

        NO WATER

          • C M Johnson
          Reply

          I have oak table. Used vinyl tablecloth that had a soft white backing. The backing stuck to the table and refuses to come off. There are also heat marks links the bottom of Coffee or teacups. I have tried oil and salt but cannot get it all off. It is finished with Tung oil.

      • Violet
      Reply

      I could not believe it but I used the iron and it worked great. Thanks for the tip.

      • kathy turnbull
      Reply

      brilliant I have just tried this out on my pine table and I have used a white paper towel doubled, and hey presto it really DOES workI srpayed and “ironed” over as if ironinglightly and after four gentle irons the mark has gone..I may put a light spray of polish over it later to feed the wood,or leave it .I am just so pleased it has got rid of the white ring mark.

      • Tera
      Reply

      Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!! I have a solid oak table and thought it was ruined. Spots are gone! Steam Iron for 10-15 seconds and olive oil! Love it! Can’t even tell the spots were ever there!!!

      • Lisa J
      Reply

      Two years ago I put a perfectly, foggy, white iron print on my mahogany buffet table (trying to iron out the table runner). The warm iron (no steam) on a dark, soft towel worked in about 40 seconds. Bless you all. My husband will be so happy.

      • Greg
      Reply

      Had just finished Thanksgiving lunch and and my wife was sadden by a square white stain on her dark cherry dinning room table. I searched the Internet and found this solution. It worked in about ten seconds and the entire stain was removed. Thanks. This saved the afternoon

      • audreaan
      Reply

      Thank you I was scared tto try the iron because that’s what cause it. I did it and it worked. I then put orange glo on it and u can’t even tell. Nice fix

      • Angie
      Reply

      Oh my gosh, it worked! When I first tried the iron, cloth and steam, it looked like I had made it much worse! I then rubbed some lemon oil on it, and VOILA…no more heat stain. Thanks so much for the tip!

      • Melainie
      Reply

      Thank you the steam iron worked on my water mark. Had a damp mark left by a plant holder and used the iron on steam very hot over a thin piece of towelling. Kept the iron about an inch away from the towelling then kept rubbing with the towelling. Finally polished with beeswax polish and stain has gone.

      • Afton P.
      Reply

      Shocked it worked!!!
      I was skeptical. I had tried two other methods. They didn’t work.(a special marker from home depot, and using a blow-dryer)
      It’s hard to believe… you can fix heat damage with heat! I am so happy! Thanks for making me like my table again!!

      • Josh
      Reply

      Thank you so much!!!!! The steam iron on a tshirt filled by olive oil totally got the stain out! And my wife was so psyched that our table wasn’t ruined…..

      • PEGGY
      Reply

      I used a thick white facecloth and hot dry iron. Unbelievable my oak cherrywood table looks brand new again. It was scary trying this but I figured what the heck the tables ruined anyway so it can’t get worse. I polished it up with a wood polish after and it’s beautiful!

      • Jessica
      Reply

      It worked for me!!! Had white spots on black kitchen table after a Lowcountry Boil….and the iron trick worked!!!!

      • reid
      Reply

      Thanks, This worked great. Had a light white stain after I did this but repeated the prosses and used old english scratch remover and wood conditioner and it looks great. A little rough to the touch but it will hold me over untill I refinish. Thanks again.

      • kim
      Reply

      wow!!!!!!!! bottom line thankyou!!!!!!! it worked in seconds so grateful for people setting up these home remedy tips!!!!!!

      • Brandon N
      Reply

      I put a pizza box on my mom’s expensive table and of course as soon as I get home to meet her she is standing over it and yelling. I told her to calm down and I’d fix it, first I did the diluted ammonia buffing trick mixed with the white toothpaste buff, it only got some of it out. Then I read this and I thought, ironing? ….. Heat gun. If any of you has a handy husband he’d surely have a heat gun laying around some where. Just a couple seconds with a heat gun and it will literally evaporate the stain without any worry since there will be no direct contact of an iron. Just make sure you don’t apply to much heat in one spot, wave it around.

      • AnnMarie
      Reply

      Add me to the list of success stories. I inherited my grandparents’ antique cherry finish dining table about 25 years ago. Shortly afterwards, a friend put an ugly white mark on it, I wasn’t sure the source. At that time I tried all kinds of suggested remedies, including mayo and vegetable oil, to no avail, gave up, and have had to keep a table cloth on the beautiful table ever since. I happened to be changing table cloths today and thought to try the internet to look for solutions. I figured what could I lose, so I applied the steam iron and cloth. Like magic, the white mark disappeared in seconds. It did leave a darker mark, but it is much less noticeable, and indeed there are other such darker spots on the table that I had not spotted before. Maybe my grandparents used your remedy long ago.

      • cindy
      Reply

      This worked GREAT, I used the iron directly on the table with steam, it really is magic. I have also put marks on the table from ironing and was skeptical as well but this worked awesome !! Thankyou so much for the idea.

      • Mary Haire
      Reply

      Thanks for the great tip…it works !!!! The steam iron removed the white stain entirely…so happy with the result…

      • Lis
      Reply

      I’ve just tried this with a coffee cup ring but instead of the iron I used a hair dryer…it was set on high heat and I held it about 10-15cm away whilst keeping it moving and…Amazing…the ring has gone!

      • Ian I
      Reply

      Had this problem after inviting friends over for a take-away, I used the hover about an inch above the stain for about 15 secs and wiped the moisture away and immediately rubbed the area with VEGETABLE oil for about 30 sec and then wiped away the excess oil. Worked perfectly, thanks for the amazing tip.

      • Jenny
      Reply

      Brilliant! Used the stem (hottest setting)and thin towel method very gingerly (a few seconds at a time) and watched the marks disappear as I reapplied. Thank you so much for your help:)

      • Mike S
      Reply

      Hot iron on a dry cotton tea towel worked perfectly! Thank you. I pressed quite firm and kept it moving. Checked every 5 seconds or so. Wow! This was a new table and I thought it was wrecked for ever! Amazing.

      • Tammy
      Reply

      Thank you for these tips they worked amazing. I used a travel iron with a towel on my veneer table. (don’t leave on but a 20 or 30 seconds and check) . Then apply the olive oil to bring back the shine. I was so depressed when I had the heat stain . I was selling the table and knew that I lost myself some money.
      You made my day!

      • Deanna S
      Reply

      I just want to thank you, your trick worked and I not only fixed our new table that had gotten a mark, but also our older table that I would never have uncovered. Used a thinner towel, with steam and moved the iron around for about 20 seconds a piece on the marks. Gone, all the marks are gone.

      • Anne
      Reply

      Scary to try but the ugly white marks all over my beautiful cherry wood table motivated me to try. WOW! I used my iron on a steam setting and kept th heat medium high. I used a cotton dish towel. Magic! I brought my 11 year old son up from his Nintendo game and he was amazed too. Thank you so much! What a huge relief, so much easier than many other options I was considering!

      • Lara
      Reply

      Thank you so much for the advice. I am living in furnished rental condo and the first time I permitted my three year old to sit at the adult table, I placed warm chicken nuggets on a paper plate and placed it on the wooden dining room table. When I picked up the plate to clear the table I was horrified to see three white spots left in the plate’s wake. I saw this article and the different removal options and thought I had nothing to lose. I rubbed paste toothpaste onto the spots for a few minutes and then wiped the area clean. The spots are gone!!! I am now one step closer to getting my security deposit back. Thank you for the advice!

      • Lynda
      Reply

      Amazing!! I had two huge white marks on my grandmothers fruitwood table from hot plates. I folded a cotton dish towel and with the iron on medium heat with steam, I barely held it there for 4 seconds and it was gone! Thank you so much!

      • Patti
      Reply

      I used my iron hot and with steam- worked like a charm!!!

      • Dorothy
      Reply

      I JUST CANT BELIEVE IT. WORKED IN 15 seconds. I tried everything else first
      But the iron did the job on my black would table .

      • sheila
      Reply

      I can’t believe it either but it worked beautifully after I tried a lot of other things.

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