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Quickly Remove Heat Stains From Wood!

30 Minutes

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.
quickly remove heat stains from wood
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:
quickly remove heat stains from wood
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.
quickly remove heat stains from wood

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.
quickly remove heat stains from wood
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.
quickly remove heat stains from wood
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.
quickly remove heat stains from wood
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.
quickly remove heat stains from wood
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.
quickly remove heat stains from wood
All Done!

It may seem unbelievable at first, but that’s all it takes. With this handy home-keeping hack, you’ll never need to fret about another unsightly wood heat stain again.

To see more: http://www.cabinetnow.com/

Have a question about this project?

3 of 13 questions
  • Lynn Webb Moore
    on Aug 14, 2017

    Does this work on tables with polyurethane ?
  • Joan
    on Sep 24, 2017

    I have a coffee table that is now 55 years old. It is long (55") The oval Carrera marble center has an alcohol stain that has taken the original top shine off the marble. I would like a DIY to try. Any suggestions?
    • Ann-Marie
      on Aug 29, 2018

      Marble is porous. This procedure will not work for marble. Orange juice and many other acidic liquids will do the same thing. Perhaps look into a 'marble restorer'.

  • Dco9047949
    on May 23, 2018

    I have an antique treedle cabinet with water marks. How do I climate this?

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  • Ama
    on Oct 23, 2018

    Be very cautious with this "solution". Do it right and it works great. However,

    because it "thins" the protective coat on top of piece it can be a real disaster

    if you use too much or leave it on for too long a period of time. Good luck and

    maybe you can post some pictures and show the amount of time, etc. that it takes

    to achieve the desired effect.

  • Laura
    on Jan 28, 2019

    I was experimenting on this old table and was surprised it worked! Thank you! Now on to my kitchen table!

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