How to Repair White Marks on Furniture


White marks on wood furniture are caused by several things, including heat, water and alcohol in beverages, perfumes and medicines. Try one of several methods for removing white marks. The degree of success you'll experience depends upon the wood type and finish, the stain and its severity, according to Michigan State University. Deep stains may require completely refinishing the furniture.

Things You'll Need

  • 1/2 cup boiled linseed oil
  • 1/2 cup turpentine
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • Bowl
  • Clean soft cloths
  • 3/0 04 4/0 fine steel wool
  • 1 cup rottenstone
  • 6 drops of ammonia
  • 1/2 cup water

Method 1

  • Mix boiled linseed oil, turpentine and vinegar together in a bowl. Wear gloves when working with turpentine and open a window to ventilate the room. Don't work where flames or sparks are present.

  • Dip a clean cloth in the solution and rub it on the furniture. Rub in the same direction as the grain, or the lines in the wood, and apply the solution slightly past the stained area. Wipe the area with a damp cloth.

  • Rub the stain very lightly with steel wool, going in the direction of the wood, to blend the area in with the rest of the wood. Don't use steel wool on high-gloss finishes.

Method 2

  • Mix rottenstone and boiled linseed oil to form a paste. Add more linseed oil if necessary to make a mixture the consistency of peanut butter.

  • Spread 1 tbsp. poultice on the stain -- or more, for larger areas.

  • Rub the poultice lightly on the stain with your fingers or a damp cloth. Wipe the poultice off and discard. Wipe the area with a damp cloth.

Method 3

Tips & Warnings

  • Protect wood surfaces with coasters, trivets and tablecloths to prevent damage. Treat stains immediately if possible.

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