You’ve seen them before. White splotchy heat stains that cover what used to be perfectly pristine wood furniture, and if you’re reading this, you probably have one or two of these marks in your home right now.
Time: 30 MinutesCost: $0Difficulty: Easy
But good news! Heat stains like this one are nothing worth crying over, because with only some basic household materials, you can make your wood furniture look good as new within the hour.
That stain from the picture above is from a wooden ottoman that sits in the middle of my living room, and it was taken about 30 minutes ago.
This is what it looks like now:
As you can see, these results speak for themselves, so let’s talk about how you can do this for your own furniture.
For this quick trick, you’ll only need two things.
- An Iron
Any iron should do. But you’ll want to make sure that there is no water inside before you get started (we aren’t going to be using steam).
- A Large Piece of Fabric
The fabric you choose to use can be a pillow case, a shirt, or anything really as long as it’s clean, you can fold it over and still cover the stained area, and it is large enough to hold the entire base of the iron.
I used a pillow case myself.
There are a few ways to go about this process, and some methods are arguably faster than what I’m going to talk about here. But the approach I use is simple, leaves little room for error, and is very effective.
After all, when trying to remove heat marks from your furniture the last thing you want to do is accidentally create new ones.
With that in mind, let’s get started.
Step 1 — Get the Iron Ready
Set the iron to its lowest setting, and keep it nearby.
This may not seem hot enough at first, but you’ll want to start low and slowly raise the temperature as we go.
Step 2 — Get the Fabric Ready
Fold the fabric over so that it covers the heat marked area, making sure that it is still large enough room for the iron to rest on.
The folds you make will help temper the heat from the iron, ensuring you do not accidentally burn your wood furniture.
Step 3 — Set the Iron on the Fabric
At its lowest setting, the iron will start to warm and disperse its heat throughout the fabric. The warm fabric, in turn, will begin to remove the heat spots beneath it.
Step 4 — Check and Adjust
Let the iron and fabric do their work, making sure to check if progress is being made every minute or so. You don’t want to leave the iron unchecked for too long, just in case it may be getting too hot for your wood surface.
But if the heat mark remains unaffected after checking a few times, turn up your iron by only one setting at a time and give it another few tries. Repeat until the heat mark begins to fade.
Once you notice any progress at all, that’s the temperature you’ll want to stay at. Keep going, and after a few minutes, the heat mark should be gone completely.
Of course, the most effective heat settings will vary from iron to iron, but keep in mind that it never needs to be very hot. For me, I started to notice significant changes on just the second lowest setting, and after 10 minutes, it was as though the mark was never there at all.
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