Thursday, March 28, 2013

Good to Know: Remedy for Wood Stains



My dear friend Kathy
left me a voicemail one day
to tell me that she had 
a home remedy to share
 found on Pinterest
 that really worked.

She thought that I might have a need
for this information.

Fate!

Yes, I did really need this helpful hint
 for my home and my client's house too ...
for our 
kitchen table tops.


Shot of pedestal table before hutch was found that stands behind it. 


We've had white heat stains 
on our antique parquet top 
English oak kitchen table for MONTHS.
This simple remedy gets them to disappear. 

The white marks shown here
were left by a hot cardboard pizza box.



(They "look" like white paint fingerprints,
but they are not!)


 I never  thought to put placemats or trivets
under the boxes because it is rare
when a pizza actually arrives here HOT.

I tried rubbing the spots out,
warm soap and water, even lemon oil
but nothing worked. 


But apparently,

all you need to remove this stain
is a
hairdryer.
Who knew?









Just turn it on
using the warmest heat setting,
aim it at the spot keeping nozzle edge
2-4 inches above 
and wait a few minutes.
It disappears right before
your eyes.

Check it out!
(A second spot below)





Gone!

So if you have a
white heat spot or ring
on your wood surface,
try this home remedy
found on Pinterest
here
and watch your hairdryer
remove it
like magic!


Awesome.
Thanks Kathy!




Thanks for sharing.
Gotta love Pinterest.
Never know what you will find there.








23 comments:

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME/Doublewide Decor said...

Huh....never heard of that. We bought a china cabinet once that had white marks all over the wood, and someone told us to use toothpaste. Worked like a charm!!

The enchanted home said...

Wow so good to know! Have been out of town, but just checking in. Hope alls well!

Rebecca said...

I've gotta go make me some white water marks to try this!!! What a great thing to know.

Ron said...

Really great info. to know. Thanks! And of course you have a tortoise shell-like hair dryer. Love it. xo

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

So good to know Alison! I had white marks on my dining room table and last year on someones blog (can't remember which one)they said to use a towel and hot iron, worked like a charm! I guess heat's the trick.
Have a Happy Easter!!

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

WOW...good to know! Thanks so much for sharing. Must say, you are the only person I know with such a fancy hair dryer...girl you rock style!!!
Blessings,
Cindy

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Wow, who knew!

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

I have wondered if this really works. I am excited to know that it does! I'll be trying this today! Thanks!

gme said...

So glad to learn about this! My dining table has a white spot that just drives me crazy. I'm going to try this ASAP.

-Lisa said...

Thanks so much for sharing such a great tip!! Gotta go...gotta go plug in my hairdryer :-)

Richard Cottrell said...

This is a good thing to know. I have numerous calls from clients asking me what to do. I have always used tooth paste., but has to be done as soon as it happens. Life safer number 1023, Richard from My old historic House.

AntiqueChase said...

Great tip... and what a sexy hairdryer... I now have hairdryer envy!

Designs By Pinky said...

This is GREAT!!! Now, I want to know where you got that FABULOUS leopard print hair dryer!!!!!!!!!!! It would be PERFECT in our bathroom!!! I might even be able to keep it out:):) XO, Pinky

Designs By Pinky said...

The link doesn't work to Pinterest. It takes you to a thing by Bob Villa!!!!:):)

NanaDiana said...

WHO KNEW!?!?!! I love the idea-thanks I think that is a wonderful remedy- xo Diana

Judy said...

i had two bad white water rings on my sideboard in our dining room a couple of years ago...i did some research and found you could make a paste with ashes (we used some from our fireplace) and water...just a little water...not too much. i rubbed on the ash paste with a soft cloth and they just disappeared! then wipe the paste off with a dry soft cloth...i couldn't believe how well it worked and they never reappeared!

The Refeathered Roost said...

Thanks so much for sharing this tip...I'm off to try this on my dining room table!

Katie Clooney said...

THAT IS AMAZING!!!! Thanks for the tip. Just sent your link to my "non-blogging" friends... Have a wonderful weekend. I will be spreading the good tip all weekend!

Betsy Speert said...

Would that work on my age spots on my face???

Gee Singh Newbanks said...

Huh??!! Who knew. I will have to commit this one to memory. I was told to use an iron, with steam... DID NOT WORK!!! Do NOT try this at home. Thanks for sharing.
Hugs, Gee

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

Not that I am wishing for a wood stain, but I can't wait to try this out!

Kathleen said...

Thank you for the tip! I have a table I'm going to try this on. I wonder if it could help a black lacquer table top? I've tried everything. Now I just throw an old oriental rug on it :(

Sarah said...

Alison, thanks for sharing this great tip. I'm going to try it on a white ring from a glass. Will let you know if it works for that too. Fingers crossed. '-)
Now I want to know what kind of hairdryer you have? I love the tortoise nozzle.
Wishing you a very Happy Easter Weekend.......Sarah