How to Remove Heat Stains from Wood Tables

How to Remove Heat Stains from Wood Tables

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Did you leave something like a hot Pizza Box on your wood? I can help you fix that white heat mark, quickly!

I know, I know. Most of my posts are full of pretty pictures. I usually show you how I remodel, build and craft. But sometimes we need to fix things too. Like my quick fix for ugly grout from a few weeks ago. Today, I have a new fix. This is How to Remove Heat Stains from Wood Tables. Yea!

We’ve all seen those heat marks on wood. Some people think that mark is permanent and they’ll need to replace that furniture or paint over it. But, there’s an easy fix that works for most of these marks. And, strange as it sounds, that fix is steam!

Seems like that would only make things worse. But, watch my video and you’ll see how it works. Oh, and here’s a pretty picture too. 😉

DIY Steps and Video for how to quickly and easily remove those white heat marks on wood. how to remove heat stains from wood table. #HeatStains #HeatMarks
The heat mark is gone! This table is ready for those holiday parties. Check out my Christmas Tree Tour for more or my favorite Christmas Decor.

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Materials for How to Remove Heat Stains from Wood Tables

  • A Tea Towel or Similar Cloth (old pillowcase or sheets with out texture)
  • An Iron Filled and Set to Steam

Please Note: I cannot guarantee that this will work for every table. It will work for most, but use your best judgement. This is an attempt to save your table. You accept the responsibility for this fix. Read the full disclaimer for my DIY here.

If you have a soft, thick varnish finish: Be sure to not use a textured towel, only apply the iron for a few seconds at a time, start without steam to see if that works. Those older soft finishes take on texture and imprints easily. So, use caution and your best judgement.

Directions for How to Remove Heat Stains from Wood Tables

  1. Start by filling your iron with tap water. Then turn it on and set to Steam. Wait a few minutes for it to heat up.
  2. Find a clean dry tea towel or similar fabric. Make sure that it doesn’t have any vinyl decals, scratchy embroidery or embellishments, or bleeding colors.
  3. Fold the towel up (like in the video) and set on the mark.
  4. Apply the iron and press the steam button while slightly moving around on the mark for about 10 seconds.
  5. Pull iron away and wipe the spot dry to check your progress.
  6. As long as it’s not getting worse (which I’ve never seen or heard of, but there’s probably a situation where it might) keep repeating steps 4 and 5 until the mark is gone. Will likely take 10-15 sets.


That’s it! Time to throw that holiday or dinner party to show off that table!

DIY Steps and Video for how to quickly and easily remove those white heat marks on wood. how to remove heat stains from wood table. #HeatStains #HeatMarks
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11 thoughts on “How to Remove Heat Stains from Wood Tables

  1. Your video is great. I wish I had known this years ago when I marked a friends wooden table. I was a bit confused with your headings above, seemed like it was about cleaning grout.
    Thanks for sharing this most helpful post.
    Kathleen
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  2. Thank you for this helpful post. I have some spots that I need to remove from my table! Pinned for later! I blog at https://www.peppermintsandcherries.com/. I recently followed you on Pinterest and Facebook and would love for you to follow me! Pinterest… https://www.pinterest.com/mintsandacherry/boards/
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  3. Thank you for THS post, it’s so well needed and appreciated. Happy Holidays

  4. Thank you for the info. I am always messing up stuff.

  5. What a great tip thank you for sharing

  6. I’ve used this method for years on various pieces of furniture that I have purchased from yard sales or thrift stores. The white mark is because moisture has become trapped in the finish. I use a DRY iron, not steam. One caution: if your furniture piece has a heavy coat of varnish, shellac, etc. on it, be sure to keep moving your iron around and not leave it in one spot. The heat from the iron may soften the finish and your towel may become embedded in the finish making the problem worse. Also, I make sure that my towel has little to no texture/nap which could also leave marks in the softened finish. I try to use lint free cotton towels or cheap paper towels that have no texture or printed patterns on them.

    This method also works for removing candle wax from carpets, table cloths, etc. It will remove the wax but may not remove the colored dye that was in the candle wax.

    • Really good tips! So glad you commented. I can see how an old thick varnish would mess up if the heat is applied too long or with a textured towel.Thanks!

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