When you invest in a beautiful wood desk, conference table, bookshelf or any other wood furniture, it is really upsetting when someone accidentally sets something on that piece of furniture that causes it to develop a heat or water stain.
Something as simple as a warm pizza box will leave a foggy-looking heat stain. And a cold soda can or glass of ice water will leave a white, cloudy, condensation ring. There is, however, a simple way to make these stains disappear. After trying a few different methods, we found only one that worked as promised.
The Iron and Towel Method (with steam)
Step 1 – Place a white, medium weight towel over the water or heat stain.
Step 3 – With iron on medium heat, firmly press the iron down on the towel and continuously move it in a circular motion over the area with the stain for about 20 seconds
Step 4 – Lift towel and check progress. If the stain is still visible, repeat steps 2 and 3 until you no longer see the stain.
It took us three ironings of 20 seconds, and then the stain was no longer visible at all. The number of ironings may vary depending on the color of your furniture and the extent of the stain.
Tip – If you don’t have a steam iron, you can use a spray bottle filled with water to mist the towel.
What Didn’t Work
The Iron and Towel Method (without steam)
Some people recommend using an iron without steam. We tried this following the steps above minus step 2, and after seeing no improvement whatsoever after five tries, we gave up.
The Olive Oil and Vinegar Method
Another option we came across is rubbing in a 50/50 mixture of olive oil and vinegar into the stain. We saw zero improvement with this method either, even after re-applying the mixture three times.
The Mayonnaise and Ash Method
This was the most bizarre method we saw, so we thought it might actually work. Nope. We followed the directions by mixing ash (cigarette, cigar or fire ash can be used) into mayonnaise and applying a thick coating to the stain. The directions called for leaving the mixture on the stain for one hour. There was no visible improvement after one hour so we re-applied and left the mixture on for two more hours. The stain looked no different than it did after the first hour.