How To Get White Heat Marks Off Wood Table 1

How to Get White Heat Marks Off Wood Table


Accidentally placing a hot pot on a wooden table could create white heat marks. These marks are unsightly and may even become worse if not dealt with fast. Heat marks are actually moisture that needs to be released from wood. There are special techniques to get rid of white heat marks on wood and these use very simply common household items.

Removing white heat marks on wood

White heat marks may be removed with the following techniques. Try one, try them all to find the best method that will work for your needs. Make sure to use any kind of technique over an inconspicuous part of the furniture, wall, countertop or floor to avoid ruining the wooden surface.

Things you will need

  • Wood table to be treated
  • Mild soap and water
  • Old iron
  • Wood finish
  • Lemon oil
  • Baking soda
  • Toothpaste
  • Rags


Step #1

Clean the surface to be treated. Wash this with mild soap and water. After rinsing, wipe the area with a soft clean cloth and dry it well. You can use a clean white cotton material to spread the soap and water solution over the surface.

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Step #2

Use an old iron set to high dry heat and placing this on top of the white heat marks. You can place the hot iron on top of the towel which is directly over the stain. You must be careful when using heat because it can warp and overly-dry wood.

Use An Old Iron Set To High Dry Heat 1

Apply steam over the area will work faster and more efficiently But be quick in applying moisture to wood. Use the steam method on other stain removal techniques especially tough and old stains.

Step #3

Run your hands over the surface to inspect if you have managed to remove all the stains from wood. If there are more stains on wood then you can repeat the steps for this process.

Apply wood finish after you have removed the white heat marks.

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More tips and suggestions to remove white heat marks on wood

Tip #1

Use lemon oil to remove the stain. Lemon oil is a very good cleaner and stain remover, it can be applied to stains and marks and will be able to lift marks easily. Place lemon oil over a small clean cloth and wipe this directly over the mark. Rub a little until the stain was removed. Wipe the area clean with another dry cloth.

Lemon Oil For Removing Water Stains 1


Tip #2

Use baking soda to remove the white marks. Another popular and effective cleaning agent is baking soda. This can remove marks and help bring back the beauty of wood. Simply make a paste out of an equal part of water and baking soda in a small dish. Mix this well and apply on the stain. Let the paste remain on the mark and remove only after five to ten minutes. Wipe the area clean with a soft clean cloth.

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Tip #3

Use toothpaste to remove stains and marks. Toothpaste contains baking soda which can help remove stains. Simply apply a small amount on the mark using your fingertips. Rub in a circular manner and remove with a damp cloth. Repeat the steps if you still spot white marks on the treated area.

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Tip #4

If the watermarks are just too stubborn or too deep and old to correct, you may consider sanding the area lightly. Use a fine grit sandpaper to remove the ugly marks and a clean dry cloth to remove the dust and debris after sanding. Use a stain that matches the wooden surface.

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More techniques to try on white heat marks.

A combination of these homemade cleaners can help you get rid of white marks once and for all.

  • Mix 50/50 toothpaste and baking soda.
  • Rub in a paste of salt and olive oil.
  • Rub in Miracle Whip (Mayonnaise) and wipe off after an hour.
  • Mix 50/50 vinegar and olive oil into the watermark.
  • Make a paste with baking soda and a few drops of water. You can also try salt instead of baking soda.
  • Rub some Vaseline (or other petroleum jelly) into the watermark and leave overnight. Remove in the morning.


White heat marks are also water and moisture marks that can be removed by heating the area. However, old marks may take time to remove and may need light scrubbing or sanding to completely remove. Always test a mixture or solution before applying to the area to be treated.