How to Remove White Heat Rings From a Wood Table

Updated February 21, 2017

Placing a hot dish on your wooden table can cause white stains on the surface of the wood. Prevent this by placing trivets under your dishes and platters. If you find white stains, several cleaning methods exist that use everyday products to remove the stains. To keep from damaging the wooden surface, never scrub the stains with abrasive cleaning tools such as metal scrapers or tough steel wool.

Turn your hair dryer to the lowest setting.

Concentrate the hair dryer over the white heat stain.

Turn up the heat setting gradually until the white stain disappears.

Dampen one corner of a cloth with white spirit.

Rub the cloth on the white heat ring until the ring has disappeared.

Dry the area thoroughly with a clean cloth.

Apply furniture wax to the table according to the wax manufacturer's instructions. This generally involves applying the wax with one cloth and buffing it with another.

Add just enough lemon juice to cigarette ashes to make a paste.

Apply the paste to the white heat marks until they are no longer visible.

Rinse the area with clear water.

Dry the area with a clean cloth.

Things You'll Need

  • Hair Dryer
  • Cloths
  • White spirit
  • Furniture wax
  • Cigarette ashes
  • Lemon juice
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Kaye Wagner has been working in the fields of journalism and public relations since 2006 and is a recipient of a National Hearst Award. She is particularly interested in home-and-garden projects, as well as beauty and fashion writing. An avid traveler, she also writes travel reviews and guides. Wagner earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Brigham Young University.