i finished up with a DIY product for finish repair and the table looks really good. It worked so well! Im scared!! I then put a towel over it and hoped it would disappear. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE TIP and seeing so many commects gave me the conveidence to have a go…. Literally only 2-3 seconds (as I was scared!) Worked like a charm!! Lemon oil is a very good cleaner and stain remover, it can be applied to stains and marks and will be able to lift marks easily. I tried mineral oil, and professional cleaners, ashes etc. What a waste of time and energy and then to add how bad I feel for making it worse. I didn’t have an iron so used a preheated frying pan and a white cloth and the white marks disappeared. it saved me a lot of money as I thought that my table was cheap and that I was in need to purchase a better quality table. sorry – 40 years in the antiques trade – what I would have give for this tip years ago – saved me a fortune in restoration fees. Magic! Just had 16 people for 5 days at my house. One of the white marks was 6 months old and it was gone as well. I was skeptical about this but OMG it worked. I tried it a second time with a different iron on the same table and it made it WORSE. Going to try this out tomorrow, but it sounds like everybody had great results And thanks for all the extra tips. thank you!!!! Hot pizza on the end table while studying for a midterm, took it off like a charm! So, I just let the hot iron set on the paper towels for a minute or two at a time and I kept checking to see whether the stain was disappearing. You just can’t believe your eyes. But not having brown paper I used kitchen paper and on the marks and ironed as if ironing a shirt. Oh well, it was worth a try. the sofa table in living room had dark finish and has a stain from Top Ramen Bowl. I looked on line and discovered this site, the iron tip left me feeling very un easy, but after so many positive comments I gacve it a go, worked perfectly, I honestly cannot thank you enough, it’s probably the best tip I have ever been given. I tried your trick and it worked. There was this huge white stain on the middle part of table and partaly on the fold down part. I just got an old (slightly grubby) off-white floor clothe, got the steam iron on medium ironed over the small mark a few times and it was gone!!! I have an expensive mahogony table and got heat mark on it. It took me some time (definitely not a few minutes like other people). Thank you so much! I wish I could post the pictures before & after. I used the hottest setting with steam and a clean white hand towel. I have a brand new set of very expenxsive “formal living” coffee and end tables. Today I came across the site by accident or was it devine intervention, I don’t but IT WORKED and the table is back in its rightful place!!! What about white spots cause by vinnegar? I filled our iron with water and turned it on the highest setting. After about 10 seconds of steam from hot iron hovering about couple inches above the spot in circular motion, stain disappeared. Thank you! When I came in, I saw a 10×10 in. Yay! fixed it today with a hot steamy iron and a white towel. We saw the iron and steam solution on this website. Whole process took about 1 minute. I am so excited that my table is back to it’s beautiful self!! After doing this about 8 times, the stain completely disappeared! I was staying at my parents’ house while they were on vacation and my boyfriend set a plate of pizza rolls on their new coffee table and it left a huge white stain. I tried this…set the iron on steam, placed a towel on the table, and followed the steps, not leaving the iron in one place, and it left huge white marks from the heat in the iron on my table. Shoot me now. I used the white towel over the mark with the iron and that did not work at first, but then once I used the steam…the mark disapeared like magic! Wow! I noticed that I created a few light marks that weren’t there in the first place so be careful not to apply too much heat. Tea towel, medium heat and steam shots…. Disappointed. Ironing on high with steam, ontop of a white cloth, got rid of the “white clouds”, but I stayed too long on one spot and lifted the grain to the point it will not go back down. Thank you for sharing your experience which made me couragous enough to give it a go! This worked for us! I went from a small mark about 25mm across to about 250mm across!I have now spent the next few hours trying anything and everything to lessen the damage.still trying . The stain is gone. I put vegetable oil on them first, then I put a hand towel down, then the iron on top for about 15 seconds. Afterwards used a few drops of olive oil on a piece of kitchen roll to make a perfect finish. decided to study on it against mum’s wishes and put a great big dirty tea heat mark on it. My tip, do not use a cheap terry cloth towel. The stains disappeared. It works!!!! This really, really works. Tried the smallest, most inconspicuous mark first. If anyone has tips on doing something to the table/finish (sealing?) Go over the stain with an iron. This was a new table and I thought it was wrecked for ever! If that’s too aggressive for you, no worries, I have some other ideas listed here as well. Thank you so much. Then I found this tip this morning at 7.30 (Couldnt sleep as I was still angry) and tried it. I was so happy to find this post. Looks like new. Works like a charm! I must say even after reading a few of the “wow it worked” comments, I was still skeptical. Thank you for the advice! Left a hot cup of tea on my finished table, it left a white ring. this def works!! It worked like magic. Thank you very much! Of course now that I understand “how” it works, opening and closing the wood grain, it makes sense it would work. Who would of known that the damage from using a steam iron on a table could be repaired by….doing it again! I tried the ‘iron on a cloth’ solution and it worked great. Some of them small as a dime, others big blotches. Thanks for posting this page, with all these tips, an thank you too, to the other commenters who’ve shared their tips and experiences. WOW WOW Thank you Thank you. We gasped in distress!!! I bought a beautiful golden oak dining room set second hand and it had A LOT of steam stains but I figured I would just keep it covered with a tablecloth because I got the entire set for such a good price. Thanks so much. These were fresh marks, but I don’t see any real reason why this would’nt work on older stains. It worked!! Only problem was it came with a big round mark in the middle. CAN’T BELIEVE THIS WORKED! It worked like a charm!!! It is amazing! The mark is gone!!! I was simply AMAZED! and used a thin dish towel, folded it in half, and used a med steam. I tried the “Hot iron with steam” method with a white hand towel over spot. One would be to take an iron and apply heat directly to the cloudy stains and they’ll disappear. Yep, removed white ring mark from black 1950s steinway piano… (just cloth and iron). My husband calmly googled it and found this site which recommended to use the steam iron, and of course, since the stain had been made by the iron in the first place, i was very reluctant to bring it near the table again. I’m shocked and thrilled! We tried further to just hover the iron a couple of inches over the table with steam on and the white mark disappeared. I did the hover/steam technique over a white t-shirt. The olive oil afterwards really helps to bring the life back into the wood! This technique ruined my table! About 5 minutes, and both stains were gone. thank you so much! Then, after reading the results and realizing the reason of the moisture stain I got my iron and a small face cloth and did as others did and it worked great. I tried the toothpaste, didn’t work, but the towel with the steam iron worked wonders. The walnut rubbing did nothing for the white heat stains though, and I’m assuming this is because it cannot penetrate to the damaged part of the wood. Mix 50/50 toothpaste and baking soda, rub in. Gone to the retailer only to be told I would have to live with it. Thank you very much to you who posted this awesome tip in here… you have made many people happy now ! I used the white cloth method with some steam and gently went across the spot. The table’s finish is only wax, so the ironing removed the heat stain, but also dried out the finish, making the table top lose its color and luster. I tried the hot steam tip and after initially being delighted, I looked about six hours later and instead of four small white heat stains I now have four stains in the shape of the iron! ugh 2 big white marks .. this did the trick !! And it still marred the tabletop. My husband ironed my son’s school shirt on top of our expensive Pottery Barn dinning table. Thank you and thanks to every one who left feed back. OUTSTANDING! Probably 95% back to normal. I do woodwork and have some experience with finishing and I would say that using heat without steam is better because the cause of the white circles is water trapped under or within the finish and the heat from an iron releases that water out of the surface. This appeared to get down enough steam and heat to remove the blotch without hurting the finish on my table. Didn’t make a bit of difference. It worked like magic. After hovering over the white cotton cloth with a steaming iron the white mark was completely gone and did not damage the beautiful finish! Thank you so very much!! My daughter also placed pizza boxes on my beautiful Timber Table. Iron, Max Steam, white cloth, hovered over for seconds. So if you have older furniture try mayonnaise!! My table looks brand new, seriously!!!! Did not believe that heat would take away a heat stain, but alas, it did!!! One is more noticeable and rough to the tough so I only hope it doesn’t peel up in time. Now, about the red nail polish I splashed across my buffet when I dropped it….anyone? I set my iron on the highest heat and moved it around on the spot. Oh my gosh!!!! I have another issue on the same table. Well as everyone else I was terrified to try this. Thank you do much!!! I was leary of trying this but the table was so bad it was this or new table. great tip , i couldnt believe it made the heat mark go ,, thank you for the tip , jane. I thought that nothing would remove them. Thank you so much!! You need methylated spirit, cotton wool and a cigarette lighter. I moved the iron slowly with a white hand towel on top of the table because I was nervous about heat stains from the iron. Thank you for this brilliant table-saving tip. A few are from chinese food takeout containers and another was caused by pizza boxes. This was the best secret ever!! A simple, yet effective method to remove the effects of moisture in varnish is to use a blow dryer (high heat and high air flow)on the spot. This was amazing. I read this and immediately tried it. Thanks so much for this Tip! The wood now looks clean and conditioned. i hot steam ironed on an old t-shirt placed on the table marks, then furiously rubbed it afterwards with a dry towel. I should also mention that I had tried a commercial product that laid claims to fixing this, but to no avail. I noticed after the tablecloth came off that there were crayon and marker stains ALL OVER my table!! I decided to sell them so right before a buyer came I tried ur technique and it saved the table and they bought it immeadiatly. Obviously scary at first! i wwas in such a stress! If one method doesn’t work for you, try another of the combinations listed in these comments. There were also some watermark rings caused by setting cups and glasses directly on the surface. My table is streak-free and glowing! Wow! I then tried orange oil which hid the white marks when the oil was wet, but they again appeared as the oil dried. Disappeared within 30 – 60 seconds. . Oh my Dana, I left a pizza box on my mums coffee table last night and have the dreaded white mark!! I used a pillow case and the highest non-steam setting on my steam iron. My dad was “helping” at dinner and placed a hot plate on my table …. Thanks so much for the great tip!!!! The table is victorian, old varnish, and very thick – I used a steam iron with a white cotton cloth, then also tried holidng the iron above the table method – both worked – a touch of non silicon – bee’s wax polish – and it is looking wonderful – in fact better than it has done in ages… thanks for the tip and good luck…. We also use third-party cookies that help us analyze and understand how you use this website. I did not have to use steam, just got the wood hot and the white spots just melted away. Thank you S, Thank you so much for sharing this! I actually used a hand-held steamer and applied the steam to a pillow case that was folded in half. 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 ? But after only a week we got a water mak on it… devastated was not the word… Absolutly over the moon .. thank you! Now I can go watch football! as they say…… Worked in under a minute. I couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome! It was like magic. Caseys mom is going to kill us. Blimey – I was sceptical at first. Thank you so much!!! Use a fine grit sandpaper to remove the ugly marks and a clean dry cloth to remove the dust and debris after sanding. This took the white marks right off of my grandmother’s table! Keep up the good work. I thought I had nothing to lose so gave it a go. Finished it off with the olive oil with good result. Going to try the dry iron and see what becomes of it! OMG!!!!! wow. Thanks for the Tip though… saved our table!!!!!!!!!!!!! Nothing made a bit of improvement and what I didn’t previously say is that the steam made the white marks significantly worse. Not thinking…obviously….. I read the tip on this site and was almost too scared to try it. Then I tried the free method of using the steam iron and towel and it took just seconds for the rings to disappear. Thank you so much. I didn’t realize it would take the marker stain off, too, until I, much to my surprise, saw blue ink on my white cotton towel! May need to coat it in beeswax to bring back some of the shine but the white marks are all gone. I then turned on the steam and left the iron about a quarter of an inch off the cloth on the table. If they do not work to get the white mark out of the table – let Wood Menders take care of the problem. How to Remove Duct Tape Residue from Wood. I kept the iron(with continuous steam) moving at all times. Followed up with olive oil and endust and tadaaa!! Hot water and just steam did nearly nothing. We turned the table around and put magazines on the spot to hide it. Removed four spots in less then five minutes. I stayed on here looking to see if anyone tried anything else and went to the link on other methods used. Saved my Christmas. Time spent contemplating trying tip 2 weeks. Put the iron on and moved it around to keep anything from getting scorched. My husband had a towel underneath the board, and he put it on the table. My husband thinks this process works through “reverse osmosis”; that is the white mark is water trapped in the wood and released by the steam. Just another classic case of what momma don’t know don’t hurt her. thanks for posting. THANKS SO MUCH!!!!!!! After multiple tries, I found that if I let the steam come out and kept the iron moving, the stain disappeared. Some people think that mark is permanent and they’ll need to replace that furniture or paint over it. I tried it on my newer black dining table and it didn’t work. But decided to see if there was some way of removing the ugly white rings once and for all, so searched the internet and hey presto found the hot steam iron trick and it worked with no damage to the surface of the table. I then wiped it down with oilve oil to remoisturize it and it is good as new!! Didn’t work for me. Magic! I used a white pillowcase and within 1 min, the first spot “disappeared”. As I was cleaning the table, I was sick to see that it left a large white area. I’ve always carelessly sat pizza boxes or wings boxes on this table before (I’m from the States, btw) and many times small white stains would appear afterwards, BUT in the past I could always get rid of those small stains with some Pledge, no problem!! I let it sit for close to a minute, checked, and nothing happened. My husband and I had a beautiful cherry coffee table that was ruined from heat stains and we just tried this. Simply set the dryer to the lowest setting and direct the hot air toward the white marks on the table. steam iron over a white towel for just a few seconds. I am so very grateful. This worked like a charm and like most other people, I didn’t believe it actually worked. I resorted to using a scrourer pad and some olive oil and gently rubbing into the wood going with the grain and this has improved things dramatically. I now had a circular white area on my varnished table. Who would have thought that the same thing that caused the damage would fix it!!! Thank you so much! Finally, I bought out my bottle of Pledge Revive It Restoring Oil … I am amazed at how wonderfully this product brought my dining room table back to beautiful. Thank you soooooo much! Saved me from an extremely bad mood. It worked! Thank you for the advice. Your tips helped like a charm. So THANKS! The white scorch mark on my wooden table bugged me for years! After procedure with iron, I used a little olive oil, then a lemon furniture polish. My best advice … never spend $800 on a veneer table!!!!! WOW! Worked perfectly on my cherry table!! Found this site desperate tried it 45 seconds thin towel and steam hovering above stains, all are gone used a little olive oil for shine. I wish I had read this a few years back. There was a big white rectangle on our table! That hot bowl of greenbeans left a doozie of a spot. Amazing!!! The thicker the towel the more pumps of steam you will need, but it will also give you a broader and more homogenous result. I too am just as amazed as everyone else. Just tried this and it worked!!! Something to help this from happening again is putting plates on potholders and putting oven temperature foods and pizza boxes on wire cooling racks that I place on my tables at meals. wow! Ugh! Oh, I’m talking about using the steamer over the towel. eval(ez_write_tag([[468,60],'cutthewood_com-medrectangle-3','ezslot_4',322,'0','0']));White heat marks may be removed with the following techniques. Left a larger white area and a rough finish. my lease ends in two days and i did this to my landlords expensive table. I was scared and skeptical, but tried the white tea towel and steam. Just to add to the chorus! Hello! I may try some lacquer spray in the future. I tried thin towel, medium heat and steam, it worked for a half hour to an hour but the white haze came back. Thank you for this tip – you saved our Christmas! THANK YOU SO MUCH for posting this!! Like many people on here, I left a pizza box on a wooden table that had been painted black. Hot pizza boxes carelessly left on our cherry dining table created a huge 8-inch round white-mark. Didn’t need to use polish or oil at all, although I had it ready and waiting. 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!!! Thnks so much for the brilliant and very helpful tips! In common use, the term refers to the company’s classic product, a heat-resistant, wipe-clean, plastic laminate of paper or fabric with melamine resin. The moisture becomes trapped and probably isn’t going anywhere until you treat the wood. Let the paste remain on the mark and remove only after five to ten minutes. So needless to say very skeptical about this approach. It works, I must admit I followed instructions with great trepidation, thinking if it doesn’t work I can always get it repolished. Maya did not work. The box left an irregular 6″ palm sized blob of white and separate 2″ oval white opaque mark. Thank you!!! I ironed the other stains on 4 tables and they all were removed. I’m sure we will use it again! Thanks for a solution that really works,, Wow!There I stood iron in hand hovering over my ruined mahogany table,shall I try it or not.With hand’s a tremble I Slowly lowered my iron on to my white piece of cotton towel here go’s!!!! Should I continue doing it or do it for a longer period of time to get the stains off completely?? Amazing! Tried the dry iron first – it didn’t work, so was skeptical of the whole idea, but the steam setting did the trick. Amazing, thank you so much! This is miraculous, it is up there with raising of Lazereth from the dead and the feeding of the 5,000 for sure!! Thanks for posting the tip. What did I do to fix the problem? No steam but there was a little natural steam from the tea towel I guess. I think the key is if the finish is a urethane. I’m going to have to sand and refinish my mahogany table, I was scared to try the iron so tried everything else suggested and got minimal results, so went for the iron and tried each technique listed in the instructions and comments and while the original spot is gone I now have a white spot in the texture of the towel all over where I ironed. The steam on the table worked like a charm. A very greatfull husband, thinking he was doing great job with organising the evenings dinner, until, as he now knows, NOT to put the extreamly hot plate of spuds in the middle of the table without having a plate mat underneeth! you are awesome! 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