How to remove heat stains from wood furniture



Wood furniture is particularly beautiful because it creates a warm and inviting atmosphere while also being elegant. It’s classical and extremely popular. However, wood is not the best material when it comes to durability and maintenance. Most often, wood tables will get heat stains as a result of being extensively used. The stains are very unaesthetic and most people seem to think they are impossible to remove. You will be pleased to know that there is a way of removing them.

Heat stains appear as a result of placing hot dishes directly on the surface of the table. What’s interesting is that heat can also make them disappear. There are a few ways of doing that. One would be to take an iron and apply heat directly to the cloudy stains and they’ll disappear. Before that wash the surface and dry it well. Take a clean, shite cotton towel and place it over the scorch marks. Place the iron on top of the towel, directly over the stain and let it sit for close to a minute. Make sure you turn the steam on because otherwise this will have no effect. The marks will disappear. Make sure you wipe the water and moisture immediately after.

However, this is not a solution that is guaranteed to work in all cases. The effects might be different on another type of furniture. The finish might get damaged and the problem might even get worse. It all depends on the type of finish, the type of material or varnish. If you’re afraid that placing the iron directly onto the table will make the damage worse you can just take the iron and hover over the spots to see what happens. You’ll need steam for this as well.

If you find this technique to be too aggressive and you do not want to try it at all, there are also a few other things that you can try and that might work. For example, you can mix 50/50 toothpaste and baking soda and rub in, make a paste of salt and olive oil and let it sit for up to an hour, mix 50/50 vinegar and olive oil and rub, use straight toothpaste, make a paste with baking soda and a few drops of water or rub some Vaseline into the mark and leave it overnight. Remember that there are just suggestions that did work in some cases but are not fully tested and guaranteed to work for all wood tables.


Published by in How To, Tips, and Advice, on August 22nd, 2012

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