Remove white heat stains from veneer wood table

by Penny

I have cloudy white stains on my veneer table top from using an iron over a towel. What is the best way to remove these?

  14 answers
  • Make a paste with baking soda and toothpaste (not the gel). Apply it to the wood and let it sit for a few minutes. Gently wipe it away. Another option is mayonnaise.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Feb 06, 2022

    Here you go:

    How to Remove White Heat Stains on Wood Table with Toothpaste

    Toothpaste and baking soda combination is an excellent way to remove heat stains from wood furniture. This is because its alkaline nature makes it react with the stains, removing them. You can’t use any toothpaste, though. What you need is the regular toothpaste – the white non-gel type. Gel toothpaste usually contains different ingredients that won’t work for heat stain.

    Mix the toothpaste and baking soda for the best results. Toothpaste usually contains baking soda but in minute amounts.

    Materials Needed

    • Toothpaste
    • Baking soda
    • Clean cloth

    How to remove heat stains from wood table – Step by Step

    • Clean the table with a cloth, either damp or dry.
    • Add one tablespoon of toothpaste to two tablespoons of baking soda in a bowl to create a paste. If you are struggling to get a paste, add a few drops of water. It is best to create your paste without water, though.
    • Rub the mixture onto the white mark on the table and wait for about ten minutes to let the mixture work.
    • Wipe off the paste with a cloth without pressing too hard on the table.


  • Penny Penny on Feb 06, 2022

    Thanks everyone. I have tried baking soda and toothpaste but didn’t help. Not sure it it’s because it’s veneer, not solid wood? I’ll try the mayo. Has anyone tried heat on veneer? I’m worried about doing more damage though

    • Ashley Ashley on Apr 05, 2022

      I accidentally done the same thing a while back by sitting a warm pizza box on my coffee table and so now I'm having trouble getting the white "stain" off also! Lmk if you find a way to get it restored back to original! Thanks

  • Nikol Nikol on Feb 07, 2022

    try scrubbing with alcohol, it will neutralize the fat

  • Jessica Morgan Jessica Morgan on Feb 07, 2022

    I think wax polish fro wood would do but I am not a 100% sure.

  • Homeroad Homeroad on Feb 07, 2022

    You could try a hemp oil to see if the steam from the iron dried out the veneer. It might work!

  • Mogie Mogie on Feb 07, 2022

    After having cleaned the table, the first method to try is to use a mixture of toothpaste and baking soda. Mix 1 tablespoon (approximately 20ml) of toothpaste with 2 tablespoons of baking soda (40ml) in a small bowl, creating a sticky white paste. Rub the paste into the heat mark in the direction of the wood grain.

    Furthermore, does Mayo remove heat stains from wood? Mayo. It might sound strange, but the ingredients in mayonnaise can clear up heat rings and stains. Simply apply the mayo to the affected area and leave it on overnight. Wipe it off the next morning and the marks should be gone.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Feb 08, 2022

    Iron again over a towel, but this time don't use Steam or damp towel.

  • Gathered In The Kitchen Gathered In The Kitchen on Feb 10, 2022

    I have seen this done before but have not personally attempted it myself. 1. place a paper bag on the table 2. iron over the paper bag. The heat and bag will help extract the moisture. Good luck!

  • Ann Lee Berryann Ann Lee Berryann on Apr 26, 2022

    try using coffee to restain it.

  • Nikki Nikki on Oct 05, 2022

    Mayonnaise contains ingredients that are duplicated in the composition of polishing products. That is why this method is not as absurd as it seems at first glance. A couple of tablespoons of mayonnaise is applied to a towel or dry cloth, rubbed over the entire area of the matter, and in this form, a towel is applied to the place where heat stains have formed.

    Mayonnaise is perfectly absorbed into the wood, and the fat in its composition will absorb all the moisture and there will be no trace of the heat stain or white mark. Ordinary petroleum jelly, olive oil or baking soda can become an analogue of mayonnaise to remove heat stains from wood table.