How to Repair an Iron-Scorched Wood Table

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How to Repair an Iron-Scorched Wood Table
Properly maintaining wood tables allows them to last longer. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

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

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Things you need

  • 1 tbsp non-gel toothpaste
  • 1 tbsp baking soda
  • Bowl
  • Spoon
  • Extra-fine steel wool pad
  • Clean microfiber cloths
  • White spirit
  • Clean terry-cloth towel
  • Commercial furniture polish

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  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    Wipe the wood with a cloth dampened with white spirit to wash away any residue and remove grime.

  4. 4

    Inspect the wood table for remaining scorch marks. If marks remain, repeat the process until they are completely removed.

  5. 5

    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.

  6. 6

    Wipe the wood with a clean terry cloth towel until completely dry.

  7. 7

    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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