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. 😉
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Disclaimer: Make sure to always read the directions for any products or tools you use while building. Always check for square and double-check those measurements too. Read the full disclaimer.
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
- 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.
- 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.
- Fold the towel up (like in the video) and set on the mark.
- Apply the iron and press the steam button while slightly moving around on the mark for about 10 seconds.
- Pull iron away and wipe the spot dry to check your progress.
- 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!
Check out the incredible makeover on this Office Chair I rescued from the curb.
And my quick and easy fix for ugly grout.
Feeling inspired? Get out there and update your grout color . Follow the links above to get the things you’ll need. Have fun and let me know if you have questions. Or post pictures of your work and tag Abbotts At Home on FB, I’d love to see it!