How to Remove White Heat Spots on Wood

White heat spots on wood furniture can be removed, and your furniture can be saved. These annoying white spots that mar the finish of your wood are usually caused by putting hot dishes directly on the surface of a table. White spots and rings are also caused by cups and glasses depositing moisture on your table. Fortunately, there are several methods that can be used to remove these spots, and restore your wood furniture to its original beauty.

  1. Using a soft cloth, rub a little toothpaste into the stain. This will not work with gel toothpaste, so make sure the product you use is a paste and not a gel. Repeat until the stain is gone.
  2. Mix a 50/50 blend of olive oil and salt. Apply the mixture to the stain, and let it sit it for 30 minutes or so. Rub the area gently with a soft cloth and wipe clean.
  3. Use a nylon scrubbing pad, the type you use for washing dishes, to apply a little lemon oil to the stain. Scrub gently in the direction of the wood grain until the stain is gone. Don't scrub across the grain, or you'll scratch the wood.
  4. Spread a little bit of petroleum jelly on the stain. Leave it on until the stain disappears, then rub it off.
  5. Make a thick paste with baking soda and water. Rub the paste into the spot with a soft cloth. Repeat until the stain is gone.
  6. Set your iron to a high steam setting. Cover the white marks with a folded, clean white T-shirt. Gently glide the iron over the T-shirt, checking the area often, until the stain disappears.
  7. There are a few stain removers on the market that are made for removing white spots on wood. If you prefer to use a commercial product, check your local hardware store. Always spot-test commercial products in an inconspicuous area to make sure they won't harm the finish.

Which of these methods will work best depends on the type of finish and the age of the piece of furniture. You may have to experiment with more than one method. To prevent white spots from happening in the future, always use trivets when placing hot food on the table, and always use coasters underneath cups and glasses.

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