Dining room table

My son used our dining room table to iron his pants. The stain has worsened over the years.
To remedy this I used Danish Oil, as suggested by the big box people. The results were disastrous. Can anyone recommend a product to remove this and get the table ready for refinishing.
Thank you
  11 answers
  • Is the table stained or burnt? If the wood has become dark because of the heat, you may need to bleach the dark color out. If you can post a photo of the offended area so we can get a better idea of exactly what it is you're dealing with we can provide you with some much better advice.

  • KMS Woodworks KMS Woodworks on Apr 21, 2013
    Is this a solid wood table ? or veneer?...and do you know how it is finished? My first impression thinks it may need to be sanded ...but if this is veneer this will be very challenging.

  • Barbara C Barbara C on Apr 21, 2013
    It's solid wood, a family heirloom. Thanks, Woodbridge. I'll see if I can figure out how to post a picture. Technologically challenged. The iron made the area lighter. Became lighter with age. Thanks to yall.

  • KMS Woodworks KMS Woodworks on Apr 22, 2013
    Light color stains in wood are easier to fix. This damage is due to the water in the steam. To fix this the light area will need to be darkened with some stain. The first step will be to lightly sand the damaged area (220 grit) then apply the stain very carefully to just the lighter area. sometimes an artist's brush can do this detail work. Another challenge will be getting the color just right. I've been working on custom furniture for over 30 years and have used the line of stains from Minwax. I will often blend / mix colors to just the right color. Taking your time and starting with the lighter shades is the way to go. Keep a rag with some thinner on hand so you can "blend or lighten". Once the color is matched a clear top coat of some wiping poly will protect it. This "spot" repair will be more challenging to match color wise but less work that sanding and refinishing the whole table top.

  • Barbara C Barbara C on Apr 26, 2013
    How do I safely remove the Danish Oil? It did make the stain a little better, but it is still visible. Thank you very much!

  • KMS Woodworks KMS Woodworks on Apr 27, 2013
    Danish oil is a blend of Naphtha solvent and linseed oil. Pure linseed oil has been a traditional finish for hundreds of years, the addition of the Naphtha dilutes the oil and allows it to dry much quicker. (Pure linseed oil finishes can take days or weeks to dry). As with most oil finishes once they cure, they are tougher to remove. The most common methods for removing an old finish are with strippers or by sanding. Because oil finishes penetrate the wood fibers sanding the finish away will also remove some wood. If the table has a darker stain sanding the whole thing may be the only way to get a uniform appearance. is it possible for you to post some pics?

  • Barbara C Barbara C on Apr 27, 2013
    Would Paint Thinner work?

  • KMS Woodworks KMS Woodworks on Apr 28, 2013
    Thinner will not work much once the finish has cured. A citrus based stripper will, if you go that route it will be best to due the whole table top. One trick I have used when working with the citrus stripper is to cover the wet stripper with some plastic wrap. This keeps it from drying out too quickly, as the stripper only works when it is wet. Table tops are about the easiest surface to do because they lack details and corners... a plastic putty knife makes good scrapper for removing the stripper once it has done its work. smaller areas that may have been missed can be redone as needed the trick is to take your time and let the chemicals do the work. Once all of the finish is removed you can then use thinner to clean it. allow a day for this to fully dry then you can proceed with the stain / or top coat.

  • Rita Wozniak Rita Wozniak on Feb 05, 2015
    Vaneer is what most table tops are made of now.. extra thin layer of wood. if you sand to hard it will go into the basewood.. and you might have to have it resurfaced again.. FORMBYS HAS A solvent that i used on and antique chair i love the results from them.. then stained and put a hand rubbed finish on my chair arms ect.. good luck with which ever way you decide.. you may want to laminate another coating over the original table top. IF it has a left in it you would have to do all of them separate..

  • Carol Carol on May 11, 2016
    I have a teak tressel desk that my grandson used. He left a big dark spot where he rested his hand. I am thinking of using very fine steel wool and dawn dish detergent followed dy googone and steel wool. If that doesn't work, I'll try Murphy's wood cleaner and last, if nothing i do works, I'll send it out to have just the top refinished. This is not an immediate job as I have plenty of other projects first and once the desk is finished, I plan on selling it. So there is no rush to do it. If you try my methods, let me know what works best.

  • Barbara C Barbara C on May 12, 2016
    Refinished the whole table