How to remove white stains caused by a hot plate on a table top

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How to remove white stains caused by a hot plate on a table top
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Wooden surfaces may be finished in shades from blond to ebony, but any colour may turn white from heat or dampness. White marks can often be removed using, ironically, more heat, or ammonia.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Iron
  • Thin T-shirt or cotton fabric
  • Furniture wax
  • Small bowl
  • Ammonia
  • Cloth

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  1. 1

    Turn the iron on to a warm temperature setting.

  2. 2

    Place the fabric over the white area on the table.

  3. 3

    Press with the iron. Do not touch the surface of the iron on the furniture without the fabric.

  4. 4

    Polish with furniture wax once you are certain you have removed the white spots.


  1. 1

    Mix 2 parts ammonia and one part water in a small bowl.

  2. 2

    Wet a cloth or washcloth with the ammonia mix.

  3. 3

    Rub lightly over the white spot with the cloth. Work in the direction of the grain of the wood.

  4. 4

    Polish with furniture wax when the white spots disappear.

Tips and warnings

  • Painted surfaces are not as likely to turn white, and will not repair by the same methods.

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