There are several ways to remove the white hazy ring or spot that the hot coffee mug or hot pizza box made on your table. This “blush” or “bloom” mark as it is called, is moisture in the wood that is trapped just under the surface of the finish. The sooner you try to remove this mark after it happens the easier it will be to remove, though it can still be stubborn and take some work to get out completely. The least invasive way is to rub a mild abrasive such as non-gel toothpaste mixed with some baking soda or some cooking oil mixed with ashes. You can rub a small spot using your finger or use a soft cloth on larger areas. Another way which has excellent results is to place a soft cloth or towel over the spot and iron it carefully for 10 – 20 seconds at a time with the iron at a medium setting. Start there and you can always turn the iron up a bit if needed. Always keep the iron moving and check your progress frequently. Another method if the spot is fresh is to use a hair dryer on a medium heat setting and move back and forth over the spot. The warm air will release the moisture that is trapped just beneath the surface of the finish.
If you aren’t successful or unsure about doing this yourself please contact us to come and give you a free consultation and we can usually repair the finish right in your home or business.