Fix heat burns on a dining room table with an uncomplicated technique.

How to Fix Heat Burns on a Dining Room Table

by L. Christine Shepard

Cigarettes, candles and hot dishes placed on a wooden dining room table can result in unsightly heat burns, spoiling the appearance of your nicely polished table. Once the heat burns have been fixed, always place thick table pads or heat-resistant trivets under hot objects to avoid additional damage -- and tell your family to do the same. You can also fix heat spots on a side table caused by coffee cups, and inexpensive thrift shop tables with heat burns gain new life with some basic repair.

Dip a clean rag in lemon juice. Rub the stain along the wood grain to remove a heat burn mark on your dining room table.

Rub toothpaste onto the burn mark with a clean rag, following the wood grain, if the lemon juice does not remove the mark.

Rub the burn area with 000 grade steel wool along the wood grain if both lemon juice and toothpaste fail to remove the mark. Mix equal parts of linseed oil and rotten-stone in a small bowl and apply the mixture to the burn with a clean rag. Rub until the burn disappears.

Polish the table with furniture polish, using a clean rag.

Items you will need

  • Clean rag
  • Lemon juice
  • Toothpaste
  • 000 grade steel wool
  • Linseed oil
  • Rotten-stone
  • Furniture polish


  • A burn-in stick, sold at woodworking supply stores, can be used in place of the linseed oil and rotten-stone mixture.


  • Complete refinishing may be necessary to fix deep and large burn marks.

About the Author

L. Christine Shepard has been a print journalist since 1994, covering news, home improvement, gardening and food for the "Oakland Press," "Rochester Post," "Troy Times" and "Michigan Meetings and Events" magazine. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Oakland University and received the Michigan Press Association award for journalism.

Photo Credits

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