Removing Hot Spot From Wood Table

Wood tables’ durability and practicality make the furniture prevalent in homes.
Hot spots mar a wood table's appearance.Hot spots mar a wood table's appearance.
Although long-lasting, wood tables may experience blemishes. Hot spots, for example, form when hot items affect the wood’s surface and produce white marks on tables. Hot pizza boxes, cookware and irons are typically responsible for hot spots on wood tables. The whiter these spots, the more severely damaged wood tables are. Fortunately, hot spots are usually removable and wood tables can be restored.

Step 1

Moisten a cloth sparingly with water. Wipe the spotted portion of wood to remove any grime.

Step 2

Squeeze 1 tablespoon of ordinary white toothpaste into a bowl. Mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda into the toothpaste using a spoon.

Step 3

Dip 0000-grade steel wool in the toothpaste mixture. Rub the mixture over the hot spot, following the wood’s grain lines.

Step 4

Continue rubbing the toothpaste mixture over the hot spot until the white blotch disappears. Prepare additional paste, if necessary.

Step 5

Moisten another cloth sparingly with water. Wipe the mixture off the table.

Step 6

Wipe the wood with a towel. Eliminate all moisture from the table.

Things You Will Need

  • 2 cloths
  • 1-tablespoon ordinary white toothpaste
  • Bowl
  • 1-teaspoon baking soda
  • Spoon
  • 0000-grade steel wool
  • Towel

Tip

  • Buff the previously spotted wood with oil or wax, if necessary, to restore shine.

Warnings

  • Coarse steel wool may scratch wood.
  • Spot-test the mixture on the table to avoid unfavorable results.

About the Author

April Dowling first started writing in high school and has written many news articles for newspaper and yearbook publications. She is currently pursuing a career as an online writer and affiliate marketer. Dowling writes for several websites and keeps many blogs.