How to Remove Stains from an Oak Table

If cared for properly, an oak table can be passed down within your family for many generations. Just as with any piece of wood furniture, an oak table can acquire stains from a variety of sources. Markers, pens, heat and water can all stain your oak table, making it look dirty and dingy. Fortunately, with a few items and a little patience, you can restore the look of your oak table.

Apply water-displacing spray to the stain.

Cover it with cling film. Allow it to sit for 5 to 10 minutes.

Mix warm water with a few drops of a mild, dish-washing liquid.

Saturate a sponge in the mixture. Rub the stain with the sponge until it is gone.

Rinse with a damp cloth.

Create a paste using small amounts of baking soda and non-gel toothpaste.

Apply the paste to the heat stain. Rub the paste gently into the oak table with a soft cloth until the paste warms.

Wipe off the paste with a clean, damp cloth.

Repeat the process until the heat stain is gone.

Polish the oak table as usual.

Preheat your iron on a medium setting.

Place a clean, white towel on top of the water stain.

Rub the iron over the towel in a back and forth motion for several passes.

Lift the towel to check the stain. Continue rubbing the iron across the towel until the stain has been removed.

Things You'll Need

  • Water-displacing spray
  • Cling film
  • Water
  • Mild dish-washing liquid
  • Sponge
  • Soft cloths
  • Baking soda
  • Non-gel toothpaste
  • Wood polish
  • Iron
  • Clean white towel
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Amanda Flanigan began writing professionally in 2007. Flanigan has written for various publications, including WV Living and American Craft Council, and has published several eBooks on craft and garden-related subjects. Flanigan completed two writing courses at Pierpont Community and Technical College.