Some idiot (not me!) put something hot on our
cherry table. It left a milky white blush stain (not
What's the best way to repair it? I've done a Google
and found that people use a) toothpaste b) a steam iron c) denatured
What do you guys recommend?
*IF* you go the iron route, be sure it's *completely* dry, or you'll make
the problem worse. You're problem is moisture, if there's any water left in
the iron.... well, use your imagination ;-)
First, you really need to know what the finish is.
Yep, water under the finish.
With poly or lacquer you can rub it with alcohol to try and get it to
evaporate. The alcohol enters the finish in the same way as the
moisture and as it evaporates it takes the water with it.
The iron is an attempt to do the same thing but dangerous because a
few degrees to hot and you bubble the finish.
The mayonnaise idea is a variation on my favorite, mineral oil. The
oil displaces the moisture. Rub it fast to generate some heat to help
the emulsification, etc.
If you've done the Google search, you have already seen the most
common and useful techniques. If all fails, consider contacting a
furniture restorer. For recommendations, call local moving
companies and furniture stores: both deal with damaged goods and
have folks on call to make repairs.
Nice, I think this is one of these Darwin awards setups. I can just
see the guy buring down his house but it sure cured that pesky water
All the same concept, oil replacement and evaporation aided by heat.
Rubbing a walnut! Funny but just oil and heat.
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