How To Remove Heat Stains From Wood? [8 Sure-Fire Ways]

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It can relatively be unpleasant to have a heat stain on your new or even used furniture or any wood item. Heat stains do not only ruin the whole look of the furniture, but they destroy its aesthetics and beauty of it too. Well, the good news here is heat stains can be removed from the wood if you are choosing the correct method and right ingredients to begin the process with.

Not only that, there are multiple ways that you can use to remove heat stains from wood. But the precise question here is, do you know what those methods are and how do they work? If not, let me help you out! You can simply go with the one that you think is the best and would work out for you. 

In case you haven’t read we have already published a post on 4 Best ways to lighten stained wood.

How to remove heat stains from wood?

You might have watched a lot of tutorials on how to remove heat stains from woods, but with this article, you can easily remove the stains with home remedies and the products that are usually available in a house. Of course, you will have to follow the steps quite carefully for each of the processes to get satisfactory results. You can take a look below to find out how to remove heat stains from wood through various ingredients or ways.

1. Mayonnaise

You might be a little confused here and thinking if it actually is a joke or not. Well, it certainly is not a joke, and it is possible to remove heat stains with mayonnaise. But if you think it would be a complicated process where you will have to perform several things to get the procedure done, then no, this is not what is going to happen.

All you will particularly have to do is put a small amount of mayonnaise on the heat stain marks on the wood. Then spread it all over the marks cautiously and make sure not to leave anything. Now you will just have to sit and wait for a couple of hours. After the time has actually passed, you can use a tissue or a piece of cloth, and the heat stains will most probably be gone. Mayonnaise simply exterminated the moisture within the burnt areas of the woods, and that is how the stains are removed through it.

2. Iron

This might seem like a crazy idea to begin with, but it is also quite an effective one if done properly. You can use an iron to remove heat stains, even the tougher ones if you are patient enough. The things you would require to use this method are an iron, of course, and a piece of cloth. Yes, this is pretty much all you will need.

Before beginning, do remember that you will not have to iron the wood directly through the surface, but use a towel or a piece of cloth to ensure safety. If not, you might burn the wood even more, and well, that is not what anyone would want.

You can follow the following steps, and the procedure would seem easy and simple!

  1. Place the towel or a piece of cloth on the burnt surface of the wood.
  2. Turn on the iron and set it to the lowest setting possible.
  3. Gradually increase the heat level of iron to a low-medium level and start ironing the towel or the cloth.
  4.  Remove the towel and see if the stains are visible or not.
  5. If not, continue the process.
  6. If stains are gone, apply polyurethane or wood finish to finalize the procedure.

3. Lemon oil

This procedure is also as simple as rubbing mayonnaise on the burnt surface. This time, you will have to use lemon oil instead of mayonnaise and rub it on the heat stains on the wood. After rubbing, you can leave the surface for an hour or two. And finally, you can wipe the surface off carefully and hopefully, the stain will be gone.

4. Toothpaste

Have you ever wondered why people recommend using toothpaste for burnt body parts to reduce the pain? It is because of the neutral, alkaline reaction that eases everything out. This particular aspect of toothpaste can help you remove the heat stains, too, if you get the whole procedure right.

For it to work, you will have to use a combination of toothpaste and baking soda. You can simply use any type of bowl to mix toothpaste and baking soda first and develop a proper mixture of them.

Once you are done, you can apply the mixture to the heat stains and wait for at least half an hour. After that, you can use a piece of cloth to remove the heat stains properly.

5. Hair dryer

You might have heard the saying if you want to treat the poison, use the poison! I don’t know if I got it actually right, but this is actually true. And well, this is exactly what is going to happen in this procedure. In order to remove the heat marks, we are going to use the heat to do so. 

What you will have to do is get a hairdryer and place it close to the heat stains. After some time, you will particularly notice that the heat stains are being removed. But make sure not to set the heat level of the hairdryer too high, as it will negatively affect the wood. You can set it to medium or lower medium to get the best possible results.

6. Vinegar

Is it possible not to include vinegar when it comes to DIY cleaning? Probably not! Vinegar can help you remove heat stains quite efficiently. You can directly apply the vinegar and rub it off too, but it is better to make it thicker and more effective by adding an oily agent. This will fasten the process and ensure that the heat stain is removed.

7. Magic cloth

There is, of course, not really a magic cloth available that would remove heat stains for you. But you can make yourself a magic cloth that would work flawlessly for removing heat stains from wood.

There are a few ways that a magic cloth can work, and those ways are mentioned below.

  • Using steam
  • Using hairdryer
  • Using oil-based products

Once you are done cleaning the heat stains from dust and particles, you can treat that place with steam, use a hairdryer to heat it up, or put any oil-based liquid on it. As for the steam and hairdryer, you can quickly use a cloth to remove the stains, and you will be good to go. As for the oil-based products, you might have to wait a little bit before proceeding further.

8. Wood veneer

The best way to remove wood stains from wood veneer is to use sandpaper and gradually remove the upper surface to make things better. This method will work the best if the wood veneer has multiple layers of varnish, as you can again give it another layer.

In case the wood veneer is thinner, you can use any of the methods mentioned above to remove the stains without facing problems.

The Final Verdict

There are so many ways to remove heat stains from wood that you get a handful of choices to go with. Now go to your kitchen or workshop and see what materials are available for you to begin with. And well, start applying the methods mentioned above to get the results.

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