How to Remove White Steam Stains from Wood

How to Remove White Steam Stains From Wood

So this afternoon while I was making some beach towels for our trip to Disney (you’ll get to see those soon….I’m working on a BIG project “30 Days of Disney” Smile1) anyway, I was steaming some fusing to the back of the fabric for the appliques and thought I would take a little short cut…. instead of pulling out an ironing board I just laid a towel down on the kitchen table and went to town steaming fabric for appliques.

Well, have you ever used a wooded table (at least I think it’s wood– it may be closer to pressed particle board but close enough) as an ironing board?  Not such a big deal when you use DRY heat….completely different story when you use wet heat!

So, after about 15 minutes of steaming fabrics I was quite proud of myself!  I finished adding fusing to the back of all the fabrics before nap time was over!  Then I lifted up the towel and this is the horror I see…

How to Remove White Steam Stains From Wood

How to Remove White Steam Stains From Wood

What the #$@*^…..  Yep, I burned the crap out of my table.  All day long I’ve been walking by the table checking and hoping that the HUGE white blotches are gone.  Nope, here we are and Little Man is down for the night and those GINORMOUS white blotches are still there.  I’ve been researching how to get rid of them all day and the most common advice is to use a HOT iron.  WHAT?!  Seriously, that’s how I got into this problem in the first place.  There’s no way I’m taking an iron to the table and making it worse!!  Well, maybe, I guess, alright, what the heck, it’s not like I can do any more damage…..right????

Alright, so I’ve got the iron revving up on high.  I’ve cleaned the table (well the area where the scortch marks are– hey I’ve got crafting to do!). I’m just going to grab some of the fabric I was using earlier for the appliques (some without fusing) because obviously I haven’t learned my lesson about taking the lazy way out and I don’t feel like searching for a white towel.

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I lay the fabric white side down on the table and start ironing away.  One place said to leave the iron sitting in one spot for a minute or so but I really don’t want to turn these white clouds into obvious black iron shaped burns….at least I can blame the white clouds on something else!  So, I just keep ironing the table in circular motions for about 5 minutes.  Let’s see if it worked…..

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Holy cow!  hallelujah!  Most of the white marks are GONE!!!  YIPPEE!!!!!

The table looks so much better but the wood looks pretty dried out…don’t ya think?!  So, we’ll just add a little olive oil (have you noticed that olive oil and coconut oil fix EVERYTHING…according to Pinterest anyway).  A little bit of this stuff goes a LONG way.  I just blot a drop on a paper towel and use some good old fashioned elbow grease to rub it into the wood.

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You can’t even tell I destroyed the table earlier! SCORE!!  So, if you have white scortch mark stains on wood you now know that an iron might just do the trick….although if it doesn’t work don’t come knocking on my door– I am not claiming that this will work for anyone nor am I an expert in this field…I just got REALLY REALLY REALLY lucky that I didn’t ruin our kitchen table. Cool

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  1. Helen Wells says

    Thank you so much for the iron tip! I thought I had burnt my lovely new wood floors with the steamer and now the burnt patch has vanished!! I’m so happy!

  2. Carol says

    I used my Shark steam cleaner on my hand scraped hardwoods (which works great). But I got distracted and forgot about it, I left it on, and on the wood floor. I came back an hour later to a huge white stain. I tried the toothpaste That Tonja Campbell suggested and you cant even tell there was ever a stain there!! Thanks for the tip! 🙂

  3. Tonja Campbell says

    This happened to me once and my Mother in law asked someone who sold wood furniture and they recommended rubbing it with toothpaste. I tried it and it worked! Fast and didn’t have to drag out the iron etc. Just thought I would share what worked for me! 😀

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