How to Remove White Heat Marks on Furniture


During the holidays we had some friends over for a dinner party. We served an extra hot meal that night and after everyone left and the dishes were cleared and the table linens removed, I discovered foggy white marks all over my beautiful new table. This one was the smallest, though brightest mark.

Before I had a chance to freak out too much, my husband did some googling and we discovered that on some pieces of furniture if moisture (usually from the steam condensation on a hot dish) gets under the finish, white splotches called heat marks will appear and will stick around until treated.

You’ll be surprised to learn, as I was, that to remedy heat marks, you apply… more heat and moisture! Weird, right? I just used two folded over clean white linen napkins and sprayed them down a little with water. You want there to be several layers of cloth between your iron and the table surface. Then I ironed over the napkins on top of the heat marks for about 15 seconds with the iron on a medium heat/steam setting. Don’t just set the iron down though – keep it moving.

I have no clue why my table looks so dark here. Must have messed up the camera settings.

It was like magic and the heat marks disappeared (though in these photos I can see I missed a spot that doesn’t show in person).

Anyway, random post today, but I thought maybe some of you might have had a similar issue with your wood furniture. Or if in the future you see these heat marks on a thrift store table, don’t pass on it – it’s an easy 15 second fix. I can remember one gorgeous coffee table that I didn’t buy because of it’s heat marks. I thought I would need to strip and refinish the whole thing! Who knew?

**A little disclaimer: this trick worked for me, but I guess a few other readers have not had success. It might be wise for you to try a less conspicuous area on your table first. Be sure you’re using damp cloths with your iron on a medium setting with steam. And be sure to keep your iron moving!**
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  2. It is a very informative post for everyone, people can get a brief information regarding that how to remove white heat marks on furniture. Keep giving updates, It will be very helpful for people.

  3. Luli Marra

    It worked!! Absolutely removed 4 white marks from my brand new solid wood dinning table. Followed steps and watched how they slowly disappeared.
    Watch out for electronic devices that generate heat. Don’t know how to thank you enough! Amazing.
    Extremely helpful.

  4. Terry Slips

    Plain mayonnaise liberally smeared on discolored heat marks has always worked for me. Coat the mark with a “glob” of mayo and go to bed. In the morning, simply whip off the mayo. The mark will have disappeared. Buff lightly.

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