Spots, Be Gone!

Do you have spots like this on your dining table or another piece of furniture? I’ve had them for a while and I wasn’t sure what to do to get rid of them.

I think they came from hot plates being sat directly on the table and not on a placemat.

I’m planning on re-finishing the table, but until then I’ve been covering it with a tablecloth to hide all those unsightly spots. That was until I happen to come across this post on Little Green Notebook.

It didn’t exactly work the way it did on her table, so I experimented a little and found a way to get it to work on mine. Remember, my table had been this way for quite a while (about a year).

I took a hand towel, got it wet and rung it out (but kept it pretty wet). Then I placed it on top of the spot. 

And used an iron sat on cotton, ironing over the white area. Keep the iron moving for about 7 seconds, then lift the cloth and iron. I used some pressure too.  

I had to go over some spots a couple times. The towel will be hot after ironing it, so handle with care.

There’s still a few light spots, but I’m amazed at how well it worked.

I had to re- wet the towel a few times. It worked better really wet.

Amazing, no? Now I don’t have to keep it covered until I re-finish it. If you decide to try this you might have to experiment a little to see what works best on your furniture.

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  • Kathy Jacobson March 16, 2011, 6:12 pm

    That’s cool!! Now how do I get fingernail polish (bright pink and purple) of my table without ruining the finish? New project for you just in case you weren’t busy enough. 😉 Great chatting with you for a little bit today. We need to do that more often! 🙂

  • Lyndee March 16, 2011, 6:13 pm

    I have just the spot on my table. I can’t wait to try it out!

  • Anna March 16, 2011, 9:46 pm

    That’s awesome! I’m totally going to use this trick!!


  • Rachel March 17, 2011, 5:49 am

    Thank you for posting that! I just had a big spot on my husbands grandma’s cabinet and I have been so upset about it. For some reason I set my baked bread there without putting down nothing more then a towel.. DON’T know what I was thinking! I am going to try this today!!!

  • Kim March 20, 2011, 11:29 pm

    Woo Hoo! Awesome tip! 🙂

  • Rachael@Lovely Crafty Home March 22, 2011, 8:29 pm

    Wow! I can’t believe that worked, it seems so counter intuitive. Thanks for sharing!

  • Tricia March 23, 2011, 9:41 am

    That’s awesome!! Thanks for sharing. I’m going to try it on my hardwood floors and see what happens.

  • alison March 24, 2011, 12:42 pm

    very helpful info! i have a few of these spots on my table that i had despaired of ever fixing…would love for you to share this on fridays unfolded at my place tomorrow…now following!


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