You know how when you first buy a new piece of furniture and you’re so careful with it, like, “no eating” or “jumping” on the new couch, and only eat with placemats on the new table…Well with kids and life good intentions sometimes go by the wayside, and thus I’ve ended up with some white spots on my fairly new wood dining table, from setting something too hot on it. Luckily, I’ve seen several ideas online for how to  remove these white spots from your wood furniture, and I tried two of them. One of them worked, and the other didn’t.

The first tip I tried was to mix olive oil and salt to make a paste, and applied it to the spot.

remove white spots from wood, Remove White Spots from Wood, Joyful Homemaking

 I left it on the spot all night, and then wiped it off in the morning.

remove white spots from wood, Remove White Spots from Wood, Joyful Homemaking

There was absolutely no change,
maybe because of the finish or something…

Several sources, including ehow said that
a hot iron works to remove white spots,
ironic huh!?

remove white spots from wood, Remove White Spots from Wood, Joyful Homemaking

I turned the iron on medium heat, the lowest setting to use steam, and then took one of my husband’s t-shirts, and laid it over the spot and “ironed” it, keeping the iron moving for just a few seconds.

remove white spots from wood, Remove White Spots from Wood, Joyful Homemaking

 It worked like magic!  I put some furniture polish on afterwards,
and it looks great.

remove white spots from wood, Remove White Spots from Wood, Joyful Homemaking

I never dreamed it could be so easy to get rid of those ugly spots!

remove white spots from wood, Remove White Spots from Wood, Joyful Homemaking

If you’d like to see how I protect our fabric covered dining chairs from spills,
check out this post!

remove white spots from wood, Remove White Spots from Wood, Joyful Homemaking

10 Comments

  1. I was wondering if you know any solutions for removing a white spot from plastic? It is in the console of my car. Thanks and enjoy your site!

  2. I thought I had ruined my dining room table today. I had used a towel to iron a few things and after sitting a few hours it had left a major white spot about a 2×3 spot. I had nothing to loose by trying to use your fix and it was amazing watching what had actually caused the spot was just what removed it. Thank You!!

  3. AMAZING! I also tried this on my dining table. It was truly magic. Thank you soooo very much for sharing.

  4. You are a godsend. Just did this to my hand scrapped wood floors. A plant left a discolored ring 3 mins after ironing a kitchen towel over the area and it is gone. Thank you!

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