Asked on Oct 12, 2016

What to do with a burnt spot in my dresser?

by Edward
I have a dresser that my son put a candle on top of. Now I have a burnt spot on top. How do I take it off? Do I need to sand it off or is there another solution?
  6 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Oct 12, 2016
    The burn mark may not be all the way through. Try rubbing white toothpaste in a circular motion first.leave on long enough to bring the stain to the surface.
  • William William on Oct 13, 2016
    The first method to try is to use a mixture of toothpaste and baking soda. Mix 1 tablespoon of toothpaste with 2 tablespoons of baking soda in a small bowl, creating a sticky white paste. Rub the paste into the heat mark in the direction of the wood grain. Leave it on the mark for a couple of minutes, and repeat the gentle rubbing motion again before wiping off all of the paste using a clean damp towel. By now you should see a huge improvement with the heat mark having virtually disappeared. ***** You can use a fine grade steel wool to rub at the surface of the burnt area. Do this gently making sure that you pay attention to what’s happening to the burn mark and surrounding area of the table with each swipe. Once the burn mark has almost gone stop and switch to the toothpaste and baking soda for improved results. After you have completed make sure to clean the whole of the table thoroughly. ***** Another method of removing deeper burn or scorch marks is using linseed oil mixed with ashes. Mix the ashes and oil in a small mixing bowl in two equal parts and once a paste is formed apply to the burn area using an old cloth. When rubbing make sure you do so in the direction of the wood grain, after a couple of minutes of rubbing leave the paste over the affected area for 5-10 minutes. Once the paste has set, wipe it off the table using a damp cloth or towel. Should the burn remain then repeat once again or try the toothpaste and baking soda paste method from above.
  • Patricia Patricia on Oct 13, 2016
    I would try the methods that Janet and William mentioned. However, the pieces that I had burn marks with I ended up sanding and re-staining, or I painted with chalk paint.
  • Carolyn Noyer Carolyn Noyer on Oct 16, 2016
    You may end up sanding that spot (lightly), and try those scratch markers that are advertised on TV to try to cover the mark completely
  • AmericanWoman AmericanWoman on Nov 04, 2016
    IF you have to refinish the top use a piece of birch veneer and attach with rubber cement. Then stain the veneer.
  • Judy Hartley Judy Hartley on Nov 08, 2016
    Try a little bleach if it made a dark spot, to lighten the burn mark.