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Wood table with white marks - how to treat/ prevent

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Moanranger Fri 30-Jan-15 23:45:41

I bought v nice 2nd hand Danish modern type wood table at local charity shop. It was perfectly unmarked. Now that it is in use, it is very easily marked with white areas & rings. For now I have put a tablecloth on it. I researched the problem, which says to gently rub out white areas & the re-surface with a furniture paste type treatment, not oil. Does anybody have suggestions type of wax or paste?
plan to work on it this weekend.

bohoec Fri 30-Jan-15 23:57:57

I have successfully removed wet rings from mugs etc from my tables by putting a tea towel over the stain and ironing the table. Yes, really!

Moanranger Sat 31-Jan-15 07:14:55

bohoec With a dry iron?

wobblebobblehat Sat 31-Jan-15 10:46:21

I have the same problem!

Can anyone confirm the iron technique? Feel a bit nervous trying that...

bohoec Sat 31-Jan-15 14:07:22

No, a steam iron and a thick tea towel (like a terry towelling one, rather than a woven cotton one, iykwim).

I was really nervous when I did it too. My mother's friend suggested it. Do a test patch in the corner first maybe? Or on a cheap table? Mine are just ordinary wooden trestle tables, and it was various rings from people not using coasters.

I really hope it works for you - I'm nervous now. I promise my tables were fine though and the rings lifted out.

Sark Sat 31-Jan-15 14:59:47

OP wooblebobblehathave you been successful? I have been trying various things but my mark is about a year old and no luck so far with various shop bought reccomendations

Moanranger Sat 31-Jan-15 20:00:20

I tried this, but no luck. Used dry iron, though. Be interested in anyone's feedback. I have now decided to sand down & refinish with a matt polyurethane "wax" ( not really a wax, but that's what it's called.) when I bought it, about two weeks ago, it look d pristine, then suddenly wat r marks & rings appeared, which I now think are old, & I think it had been polished before sale with something that masked these marks. Oh, well. At least now it will look good.when done, that is! Elbow grease!

wowfudge Sun 01-Feb-15 00:30:00

If you are thinking of going to that trouble, you might as well try using a steam iron. If it works great, if it doesn't then sand it and varnish/treat. You'll save yourself a stack of work and cost of materials.

shovetheholly Mon 02-Feb-15 13:58:15

There is a much simpler way! Just spend a couple of quid on a Guardsman Ring Remover Cloth from Lakeland. You just rub the white areas, and they go away. Takes a couple of goes and a bit of time (it'll fade gradually over a couple of days).

I had a really, really bad ring on a bedside table - it was bright, bright white! Not only did the cloth totally get rid of it, but it left the surface really smooth and shiny. I have no idea what's in it, but it works a treat.

shovetheholly Mon 02-Feb-15 13:58:46

Oh, and your table sounds lovely by the way!

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