How to fix Heat Damage on Wood Table

Every now and again we have things happen that we wish didn’t happen.

If only we could magically make it just go back to the way it was somehow.

Ok, ok enough with the drama…

So here is the story, my husband and I went on vacation and stayed in a condo. We invited our oldest son and his family over for a couple of nights while we were there. So I went all out and made a big family dinner for all of us to enjoy. We had meatloaf and even homemade pumpkin pie! (My grandson was quite amazed at the making of a pie, but that is another story.) We set a lovely table and served it all family style right from the table. It was excellent! We enjoyed the food, the company and especially the pie! We left everything on the table and went outside for some fresh air and play time for the kids. Ahh! All was right with the crazy world!…

Then it happened, we went back inside and began to clear the table and there it was…

Burnt table from using a thin towel to set a hot pan on.

My heart sank because I just knew that we were now the proud owner of this table. Ugh, what to do, what to do??

So I decided to do what any person in the world now does…search frantically online until I find the answer! My husband was preparing to go purchase the tools and equipment to sand and restore the table to better than new, but I thought why not try a hack first, I mean, it couldn’t make things worse, right!?!

I read this crazy hack about using HEAT?!? What the heck is this? Heat is what got us into this mess to start with. But, at this point we had to at least try before bringing out the power sander. So here we go…

I folded a towel in half, set the iron on medium high and steam on. I ironed over only half of the area to start. I nervously pulled the towel back and…

Half of the discoloration is gone!

The discoloration was gone on the half that I ironed! What was going on here? I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. So I go on and do the rest of the area and still amazed, it worked!!

So there you go, a hack that actually works. I was very happy that it did. I polished it up a bit and it was actually better that it was when we got there.

4 thoughts on “How to fix Heat Damage on Wood Table

  1. I suppose it’s melting the varnish that got melted before under the pan – only this time it was under something smooth (that’s probably a complete simplifiction, but hey…)
    I wonder if it would do anything for the water damage on top of our sideboard?
    Thanks for the hack.

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      1. Will do. It will be a while though, as we’re in lockdown here at the moment and the sideboard’s in a flat in London where my son’s staying (and I’d rather not let him loose on the furniture with a hot iron).


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