How to Remove Teak Wood Heat Stains

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How to Remove Teak Wood Heat Stains
Placing a hot item directly onto teak wood can leave behind a heat stain. (empty chair image by Scott Slattery from

Heat stains can occur on your teak wood if a hot item---such as a coffee cup, pot or a pizza box---is placed directly onto the wood. As the wood warms up from the hot item, it gradually changes colour. The result is a white heat mark that is unsightly and difficult to remove. Fortunately, it is possible to remove the heat stain and restore the look of your teak wood.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Baking soda
  • Non-gel toothpaste
  • Damp cloth or sponge
  • Wood polish
  • Fine 000 grade steel wool
  • Wood wax
  • Lemon juice
  • Cigarette ashes

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    Removing Heat Stain with Baking Soda and Toothpaste

  1. 1

    Create a thick paste with a non-gel toothpaste and baking soda.

  2. 2

    Apply the paste directly to the heat stain.

  3. 3

    Rub the paste into the stain gently using a sponge or cloth. Continue rubbing until the paste warms.

  4. 4

    Saturate a clean cloth in cool water. Wipe the paste off the teak wood with the cloth.

  5. 5

    Repeat the process of rubbing in the paste and wiping it away until the heat stain is gone.

  6. 6

    Polish the teak wood as you normally would.

    Removing Heat Stain with Steel Wool

  1. 1

    Rub the stained area with a fine 000 grade steel wood. Rub with the wood's grain.

  2. 2

    Inspect the wood after each pass. Continue rubbing gently until the stain has disappeared.

  3. 3

    Polish and wax the teak wood as you normally would.

    Removing Heat Stains with Lemon Juice and Cigarette Ashes

  1. 1

    Pour a little lemon juice into a bowl.

  2. 2

    Add cigarette ashes to the lemon juice. Mix the contents thoroughly.

  3. 3

    Saturate the corner of a clean cloth in the mixture.

  4. 4

    Rub the heat stain with the cloth. Continue rubbing and reapplying the lemon juice and cigarette mixture until the stain is gone.

  5. 5

    Wipe the teak wood clean with a damp cloth. Polish the wood as you normally would.

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