I tried it and it didn’t work. She’s just happy the table is sorted. It worked!!! Thanks heaps!!! However after dinner the towel was stuck to the table. When I moved the pizza box, there was a white stain on the table. Moved it and had 9″ solid circle of thick white. Thank you for the tip. It worked on my 43 year old hutch to that I used as a sideboard at Thanksgiving for thr FIRST time! Thank You! IT WORKED! We have very expensive Oak table that I was sick over a white mark today. I had no idea how to fix it, but just thought I would google it to see if anyone could help. It will hurt! That’s the point where the stain disappears. Finished by polishing with olive oil. the iron trick works. We put the white cloth down and put the iron directly on the cloth with steam. Hi sue, can you give more details about what you did and what exactly the results were? A couple of days later, I placed a tee on it and ironed it with steam. Who would have thought that the same thing that caused the damage would fix it!!! At first nothing happened when I hovered over the spot. When the spots were gone I rubbed a small amount of olive oil onto the table surface and left it overnight. At first it wasnt working, I tried doing just the steam no cloth, it also didnt work. is all I can say. WOW!!! Can i add a color glaze over white wicker? I put a dry tea towel over the stain and ran the hot iron (witout steam) over it for about 5 minutes and it took the stain away. Had several stains on my dining room table which had been there for years. I am amazed! Voila the stains were gone! Made the problem much worse…, Hello! Oh so relieved! Have just finished with the iron and towel and some wax polish and the result is fantastic. Amazing! I hope my notes help someone else after those white areas are gone. Can confirm. After eating I watched the Oklahoma-Missouri Big 12 title game and a few hours later I removed both boxes to find MANY white stains (as I mentioned, previously only like one small one would pop up), but this time multiple white stains (close to 10!) Worked perfectly on my cherry table!! Add me to the list of success stories. My table is streak-free and glowing! Thank you sooooo much for this information. I was cleaning the house b4 my mother-in-law was coming to stay & i made a BIG WHITE stain on the table, of course panick mode kick it, found your websit, try it, IT WORKS. Left the iron on the white towel for about 7 seconds but unfortunately it has left an iron mark. Rub toothpaste into the spot, rinse with wet towel, dry and repeat until gone. I’ve always carelessly sat pizza boxes or wings boxes on this table before (I’m from the States, btw) and many times small white stains would appear afterwards, BUT in the past I could always get rid of those small stains with some Pledge, no problem!! I panic and try to google a solution. I couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome! I tried the steam on one ring and it made it worse. If your “people-power” couldn’t get all the veneer off, use a hammer. Anyone have any idea? Thanks so much for this wonderful idea. Each person’s treasured wooden items are different and we rarely are able to determine how the surface was treated: so, we each face something a little different. left hot corn on the cob off the grill on a paper plate on our favorite dark wood breakfast table. The iron w/ a t-shirt worked in 2 minutes flat! I put a thin layer of mayonnaise on the wood and let it sit for 15 minutes. And it still marred the tabletop. Rub in then wipe off. Thank you so much! I thought, one last effort on my part! and that removed the damage that was caused by my using an iron with large steam holes…. It's a foam that you rub in with a cloth. I can’t believe this actually worked. Took about 45 min to get it all off, but there is a slight residual, in outer circle that won’t come, so I rubbed in lots of olive oil and will let it set. . OMG this actually works!!!!! From heat via iron or hair dryer, using mayo or baking soda, to easy-to-make DIY water stain remover recipes based on vinegar and salt. This morning I go check out the state of things – OMG! occurred and they were a lot bigger!! I tried several things such as the hair dryer, mayo and vasoline but nothing worked to remove the stain. GONE! I had tried other things including heating with a hair dryer with no change. . made it worse. I will be forever in your debt. You are a lifesaver or should I say expense saver! This morning I saw the the white ring of death! I am stunned! Isn’t formica plastic? It took a couple of times and then I applied some olive oil to a paper towel and rubbed it in. We had friends over for dinner and didn’t notice that the pan we were using was off the hotpad. there was the terrible white stains. Blow dryer worked perfectly on veneer table top for a heat stain from a hot dish .. I was extremely skeptical to try the iron method. Next I tried Fantastic with “orange power”, they came off in a minute! We had two milky white stains from paper plates being set directly on an espresso stained table. I am curious to try this out now! This trick worked like a charm. Thanks. Thanks again – my table looks like new! Looks great. It worked!! Put down a thin white cloth & ironed over it- alternated between ironing flat & hovering it a 1/2 inch over the table. I didn’t use the flat iron, but I tried applying heat by using a hair dryer set on high. Only problem was it came with a big round mark in the middle. It is the BEST thing I have seen – absolutely amazing just like magic. https://tipnut.com/diy-how-to-remove-white-heat-stains-on-wood-table Thank you so much my mahogany table is like new! 15 seconds steam ironed over folder paper towel and heat ring disappeared! Wipe off and polish up your table top. The white stain appeared after a chinese takeaway, even though we had used cork table mats. If I hadn’t seen it with my own 2 eyes I wouldn’t have believed it worked!!! I LOVE my birch with a cherry finish kitchen table, and absolutely sick over the white heat stain. I made a profit and I still get new furniture,lol. Thanks for the tip ! We just had dinner and accidentally placed hot corn on the surface of the table, off of our place mats, and after dinner saw a thick white mark in the shape of the ear of corn. Magic! Toothpaste did not work..it took the stain off. Polishing with olive oil and a soft cloth will make the stain less pronounced, but it will remain and resurface after a while… I just keep polishing with olive or mineral oil…. I bought the table second hand for my son,now I know he’ll love it! My husband & I tried this on our coffee table that had a heat mark (from a crock bowl that was just removed from the microwave.). Tonight, 8 months later, I tried your tip. This tip worked amazing. We ate on paper plates and after dinner we noticed the heat stains on the black wood table. Now I just need some help as to what to do with the cat claw scratches on my diningroom table!! I went ahead and applied the iron directly to the table because I didn’t really have much to loose as the burn took up half the top of the table and it was AMAZING!!! Thank you!!!!!!! Any suggestions. I tried this with my parents visiting. I also used this on an 80 plus year old side table with a large 3 year old water mark. Finished it up with some pledge and it looks like it never happened! It is really MAGIC! It was amazing! I went to bed pretty mad at myself, and this morning found this web page, and an hour later the stains are gone and I am the happiest I’ve been since the Colts won last week! I had put slices of pizza on paper towels on my table, and it left 2 lovely white triangles! Not totally happy, but it is a big improvement. the table was already ruined. YOU SAVE MEEEE!! I was simply AMAZED! I went over the a few more seconds with steam iron and voila! The magic of removal came with the hot steam iron hovering over the white area. Rub in with the grain then wipe off. I had a terrible white circle on the table from a hot tea mug I put on my wood coffee table. I’ve removed similar small stains from fine furniture without refinishing. this is amazing! That how I got the mark by putting towel on table and ironing, Use Some Murphys furniture soap if that doesn't help try and very fine steel wool over the whole area then use the soap. I thought my pie shelf was ruined! The product comes in several colors to work with most wood finishes dark to light. Thank you for this tip – you saved our Christmas! Thank you so much for this amazing trick! I was visiting my brother and sis-in-law helping out with their new baby. I thought that I had ruined our dining room table this morning. So for each thickness you use, use that many pumps of steam max. I was so thrilled that I used the same method on my cherry coffee table… Disaster. I thought it can’t get much worse so lets give it a try and I took the iron and a damp cloth to the drawers and it restored it back to its beauty! after trying the toothpaste and hair dryer to no avail, i said a little prayer and very hesitantly brought the iron over. OMG! My table was new and I didn’t know what to do. I’m baffled how this works! We had a similar table from the same manufacturer for over 8 years and never had a problem. The spots disappeared within seconds! Thank you very much. Wow! Truly amazing! Searched and found this site and read multiple recommendations. Thank you so much! The white mark disappeared, thus saving my husbands life. THANK YOU!!!! Coolest steam setting, Terrys nappy doubled and about 30 seconds circular motion with a couple of mid process checks. Thank you ever so much! I was so pissed! The stains are a little fainter but the finish is now dull and not smooth anymore, like it melted in the heat. My wife thought her antique side board was ruined. Used a little olive oil/lemon polish. Like friggin’ new (actually better b/c when i bought it there was a small white spot that is now gone!!!). Three awful white cloudy stains on my dark mango wood table from hot paper plates, tried the iron on high with a tea towel between and it worked! brilliant I have just tried this out on my pine table and I have used a white paper towel doubled, and hey presto it really DOES workI srpayed and “ironed” over as if ironinglightly and after four gentle irons the mark has gone..I may put a light spray of polish over it later to feed the wood,or leave it .I am just so pleased it has got rid of the white ring mark. I have a beautiful black table and the white spots seem to have appeared after some oil was used ont he table and then a hot/moist plate was set on it. I used a dry iron at high heat—–DO NOT USE A PAPER TOWEL> the bonding agents made the towel stick to the finish (only a little spot thankfully). I was devestated. I was amazed to see the spots disappear after just seconds! Caseys mom is going to kill us. I set my iron to wool setting with steam. I cannot believe this, it is like a miracle. I wish I could post the pictures before & after. It’s been damaged like this for several years. Well, my story is like so many other stories that have been posted. But we were desperate! What a miracle and a lifesaver. Afterward I rubbed some old English on. I did it in small areas and for short bursts just incase… But unbelievably it worked. . Then we saw your marvellous tip with the iron – it worked – it is now as good as new. All I know is that it worked. Thank you!! You would never know that the stain had been there!!! Time spent being angry about heat mark 3 weeks. I have a beautiful log dining room table with what appears to be a liquid glass finish. Tried the iron trick and it created a large white stain far worse than the one I was attempting to remove. powder and olive oil painted onto the mark and left for a few minutes rubbed off with a clean cloth and followed by the normal polish used on your particular wood. I held a hot steam iron over a water mark and a heat mark, blew some steam and promptly waxed. With my search terms, yours was the first one that popped up, and voila! I then wiped the table with our usual furniture oil. What a relief! THANK YOU. it is definately veneer, not sure what type though if there are different types? PS Becky is right. It Isn't the wood that is damaged; it's the wax buildup from furniture polish. When I removed it voila ! I tried steam from an iron set to medium heat applied through an old dish towel for 10 seconds. I decided to google it & see if anyone had a way to get rid of it. Thanks! It took 15 secs per scorch mark, wiped off the moisture, went over where necessary one more time and then applied Pledge Multi Purpose polish and hey presto problem solved. (more time will allow more color to penetrate) and gently wiping it off with another clean T-shirt using strokes all in one direction. Thaks! Works like a charm! Thanks! Iron on medium on white double folded t-shirt. i just want to let everyone know! thanks for posting. Seriously, we have had a large white stain on our table since Thanksgiving. Dave. Took ages, but now looks great. We put a hot casserole on a braided fabric trivet on my antique buffet. I used a thin pillowcase. Thank you. Needless to say I was mortified when I saw the state of the table and so I re-read the advice about using the steam iron and took a chance. Thank you! Add white vinegar and mix it into baking soda bit-by-bit until a paste-like texture is reached. We have no idea what spilled on it to cause that white mark. Then I used butter because that’s all we had and that removed the final hint of white. But I felt compelled to write this post because in this case the best solution was not so obvious. Vic explained that the table had taken in the moisture and that ironing draws out the moisture. The reason for the discrepancy could be what the type of finish is…varnish or shellac. I can’t get this new stain out. My table looks brand new. I had just bought an antique cherry table and served warm food on a paper plate it made a terrible white stain. Here is my thoughts. The mayonnaise worked like a charm! Just set your iron on dry heat (no steam) and place a tea towel over the spot and iron it out. Just tried it on our games table. Sometimes the simple things work better. Disappointed. I was overly skeptical being a guy. Amazing. Congrats! Both tables are as new. We just bought a table made from 150 year old pine planks. IT WORKED!!!! Something to help this from happening again is putting plates on potholders and putting oven temperature foods and pizza boxes on wire cooling racks that I place on my tables at meals. Warmed flannel in direct contact, then several burst of steam and then a few seconds of dry heat, removed flannel and wiped any moisture off with a soft cloth. One this is done, get some soy sauce (dark) and massage it into the table. I can’t tell you how pleased I am. Will certainly tell others of the site. My wife and I just bought an imported, new, solid wood farm table. I’m house-sitting and was absolutely horrified to see I’d marked the dining table of the people who’d trusted their house to me while they’re away. After using this method a few times, I found that a single layer tea towel works the best as well as having your iron on steam vs no steam. In order to avoid using dishes that I can’t wash yet, I thought I would be smart and use heavy duty paper plates for dinner. I believe my table in this project is varnish, but I haven’t tested it to confirm. I have this issue too on a table I recently bought at an estate sale – and someone else that I met in blogland suggested that I use a hairdryer – so it’s a similar fix with heat. Jane, I had the same problem, so here’s what I did: I laid a clean white towel over the affected area, used a spray bottle with water instead of the steam function on my iron to moisten the towel, ironed the moistened towel with a high level of heat, lifted the towel, and then IMMEDIATELY rubbed vegetable oil over the area with a clean rag. Rub in Miracle Whip (Mayonnaise) and wipe off after an hour. I'm so glad it worked! Awesome, this worked very well and very fast! Thank You! Was feeling pretty depressed by the sight of the white ring. I have several spots a on a chery wood dining table that I can’t figure out. Within 1-2 minutes it was completely gone. Thanks Tipnut. I thin tried it on my coffee table that also had some white spots on it. Wow! God bless you for posting this! I then used it on some older smaller marks and now they’re gone too! It worked so well. We are pretty much screwed. However, after I “ironed” the whole top, I put a couple of coats of Howard Feed-N-Wax (amazing, found at most hardware stores), and the table looked like new. The stain was almost completely gone, so as some others commented I immediately rubbed the area with vegetable oil. I followed your directions and the mark is gone. Amazing, thank you so much! I happened to be changing table cloths today and thought to try the internet to look for solutions. Took about 5 or 6 times on each stain but they eventually vanished. Thanks!!! This totally busts the myth that “If it sounds too good to be true, it is” Because it totally worked for me and got me a SUPER MOM badge for getting my pre-teen daughter out of the doghouse with her father who was very angry that she and her friend ruined our table by setting a bowl of hot cheese dip on it. On the highest setting I began pushing the steam button and iron right on the towel-directly over the stain (pizza boxes)on my cherrywood dinner table…. . Yesterday I was feeling so angry after finding a white mark on our chest of drawers in the guest bedroom. The only reason I tried your method was because of all of the positive comments on this site. I’m moving and almost got rid of it!!! We just got through doing this (no steam but white towel, sprayed water on the towel with spray bottle, put the iron to work for several seconds, lifted towel and my husband was right there to rub vegetable oil on it which he saturated onto a cloth. I put a paper plate of hot food on my beautiful dining table and when I picked it up, I had a huge white mark the size of the bottom of the plate! I used the steam iron over a towel several times in the affected areas until the stains were gone and then finished with some oil on the wood. BRILLIANT IT WORKED FOR ME GOT RID OF ALL THE MARKS THANKS FOR THE TIP. What I took out the second leaf, I realized that I should have stopped to take that picture. 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