Wood tables are recognised for their durability, longevity and natural appearance. But they are not impervious to heat damage from irons. Placing a hot iron on a wood table can produce unsightly scorching that mars the wood's finish, making the table appear discoloured and improperly maintained. Restore iron-scorched wood tables to preserve their aesthetic appeal and overall value.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- 1 tbsp non-gel toothpaste
- 1 tbsp baking soda
- Extra-fine steel wool pad
- Clean microfiber cloths
- White spirit
- Clean terry-cloth towel
- Commercial furniture polish
Combine 1 tbsp of non-gel toothpaste with 1 tbsp of baking soda in a bowl. Stir with a spoon until the ingredients are completely mixed. Make this paste only if your table has a lacquered finish. For other wood finishes, dampen a microfiber cloth with white spirit.
Rub the baking soda paste or the dampened cloth over the scorched wood. Rub the area gently with an extra-fine steel wool pad, following the wood grain. If you are using the paste, rub until the friction causes it to feel warm to the touch.
Wipe the wood with a cloth dampened with white spirit to wash away any residue and remove grime.
Inspect the wood table for remaining scorch marks. If marks remain, repeat the process until they are completely removed.
Moisten another microfiber cloth with water. Wring out all excess liquid. Wipe the wood with the moist cloth to rinse away any residue and debris.
Wipe the wood with a clean terry cloth towel until completely dry.
Spray commercial furniture polish onto the wood surface. Buff the wood in circular motions with a clean microfiber cloth to restore shine.
Tips and warnings
- You can substitute furniture oil or wax for the polish. Follow the manufacturer's directions on the product's label.
- Always use products recommended by the wood table's manufacturer to prevent damaging the finish.
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