CHI Good Questions: Removing Cloudy Stains from Wood?

CHI Good Questions: Removing Cloudy Stains from Wood?

Janel Laban
Apr 4, 2008

Kasia needs some advice: "I have a coffee table that got ruined after I put a hot pizza box on it one night. There is a cloudy discoloration where the cardboard sat.
I would like to fix it but Im not sure which route to go. Someone told me since its bent plywood and there even might be a veneer on it that it would be hard to sand but also not knowing what kind of finish is on it might ruin it. I don't have the budget to pay to get it done so I need to do it myself.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. And after its cleaned up what is the best thing to put on it so A) It looks the same and B) this doesnt happen again (even on accident).

We've read that putting a cotton cloth directly over the cloudy area and ironing with a dry iron can remove the white water/heat stains. Simply use the hot iron to press down for on the cloth for a few seconds. Remove and check the stain. Repeat until the watermarks are completely gone. We haven't tried this method, but supposedly it works well.

Has anyone tried this? Please let Kasia know in the comments...and please add your own remedies or ideas for removing the stains, too.

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