How to Repair an Iron-Scorched Wood Table

Wood tables are recognized for their durability, longevity and natural appearance. But they are not impervious to heat damage from irons. Placing a hot iron on a wood table can produce unsightly scorching that mars the wood's finish, making the table appear discolored and improperly maintained. Restore iron-scorched wood tables to preserve their aesthetic appeal and overall value.

Properly maintaining wood tables allows them to last longer.
  1. Combine 1 tbsp. of non-gel toothpaste with 1 tbsp. of baking soda in a bowl. Stir with a spoon until the ingredients are completely mixed. Make this paste only if your table has a lacquered finish. For other wood finishes, dampen a microfiber cloth with mineral spirits.

  2. Rub the baking soda paste or the dampened cloth over the scorched wood. Rub the area gently with an extra-fine steel wool pad, following the wood grain. If you are using the paste, rub until the friction causes it to feel warm to the touch.

  3. Wipe the wood with a cloth dampened with mineral spirits to wash away any residue and remove grime.

  4. Inspect the wood table for remaining scorch marks. If marks remain, repeat the process until they are completely removed.

  5. Moisten another microfiber cloth with water. Wring out all excess liquid. Wipe the wood with the moist cloth to rinse away any residue and debris.

  6. Wipe the wood with a clean terry cloth towel until completely dry.

  7. Spray commercial furniture polish onto the wood surface. Buff the wood in circular motions with a clean microfiber cloth to restore shine.


  • Always use products recommended by the wood table's manufacturer to prevent damaging the finish.