Removing White Burn Stains on Wood Tables

January 30, 2010Katie

This is a fairly new pub height table we recently bought for our kitchen area.

I adore it.

Well, until recently I did.

Because,  I was sickened when I put a big bowl of turkey broth after  Thanksiving on a towel to cool on it.  And then I removed the towel later and there was an 8 inch circle of white on the corner of it.  The heat had gone through the towel and discolored it.

And it was hideously ugly!

I have to share this trick with you.

I was skeptical.  Very skeptical.

Enter Lindsay.

Our daughter-in-law Lindsay told us she’d read that if you use an iron with the steam function on and iron quickly over top of a thin towel or cloth, the spot would disappear.

So today I tried it.

And look! IT’S GONE!

Glory Hallelujah!  I love you Lindsay!

***Please note that different surfaces may react differently.  I tested it with just a tiny spot first, as I would recommend you to do the same.


  • Cheryl

    January 30, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    Way to go Lindsay! Neat tip. I hadn't heard that one.
  • Fran J

    January 30, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    me neither. will keep that tip in mind.
  • Kerry

    February 9, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    I know; she told us about it too. Out table has a small spot from heat. Glad to see it worked for you too!
  • Kimm Geria

    April 26, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    I have to try this. My son spilled a bowl of steamy hot soup on my coffee table and it left a white stain. I will give it a shot. Thanks for the tip.
  • john

    December 5, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    It works!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Sandy

    May 23, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    i'm interested in knowing, was ur table rough around the area where the burn was? my grandson 8 was excited about his ability to make eggs and accidently sat the 8 inch hot skillet on my table (it's only 3 yrs old, so yeah i was furious). looking forward to any help. thank you.
    1. DishinandDishes

      May 23, 2012 at 10:06 pm

      Mine was not rough at all Sandy. It was just a hazy white spot on a almost shiny tabletop. You might test try a very small spot?
      1. dinky

        June 3, 2013 at 10:19 am

        hi today suddenly i put hot pan in my white wodden kitchen area want to knw how should i remove this stain its looking so ugly

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