Asked on Feb 25, 2020

How do I remove stains from my bare oak table top?

Valerie BurgeZard PocleebKelli L. Milligan


I've had this round oak table for years. It was purchased as an unfinished table and then sanded to a nice smoothS finish and tung oil was applied. But then, a large crack appeared all across the top so I took it back and got another top. That's the top I have now and it's never been sanded and tung oiled. For a while, I kept a table cloth on it, not thinking that my cats who sat on it a lot might harm the wood. Over the years, some cat throw up here and there stained it in several places. For quite a while now, I've had a flannel-backed vinyl cloth over it to prevent further damage. But now I'm ready to sand and tung oil the top and I've bought a clear glass top to put on top of it when it's finished. I was told in the past that just sanding would remove the stains, but that doesn't seem to be diminishing them at all. So, what to do? A friend suggested wood bleach. Is that my solution?

See the various stains on the oak table top.

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