When you have kids (or husbands), it’s inevitable that your furniture is going to take a beating. Sweaty glasses left without coasters, hot pizza boxes, thin kid dinner plates placed directly on the table without a trivet and your beautiful wooden furniture looks likes its headed for Goodwill in a few years. If you’re like me, you actually love your wood furniture and really don’t want to get rid of it, especially until the kids are a little older (no sense in ruining a brand new one in a few months!). Before you start moping over your burned and water-stained furniture, check out some of these tried and tested tactics for restoring them! I do want to say that not every tactic will work on every piece of furniture, because your wood and finish are unique to your table. Luckily, these are mild enough that you should be able to try most of them without further damaging your furniture. Good luck!
1. Baking Soda
Baking soda has been my tried and true remover of white burn marks on my wooden table for years. Make a thick paste using a little bit of water and then buff into the white or cloudy marks. Do not make the paste too watery, or you will then end up with a water stain! The grittiness of the baking soda works to remove the stain, so you can check your progress as you work. Wash off and follow up with a furniture polish to restore shine.
2. Iron & White Cloth
Ironically, sometimes reapplying heat to a spot caused by heat such as a hot plate or cup, can remove the damage. Set your iron to medium heat and place several thin layers of white cloth on top of the heat spot on your furniture. Move the iron over the cloth in 10-15 second intervals and check to see progress. It’s helpful to remove and wipe down any moisture in between applications! Be very careful not to use this method with furniture that has a shellac finish!