How do I fix this? White ring on oak furniture
A spilt drink (G&T) has resulted in a white ring appearing on the top our oak table
I think what’s happened is the oil/wax that was on the table has been disolved by the liquid. I don’t think the wood itself is stained.
What can I do to fix it? The table probably needs oiling all over but I’m looking to preserve the matte finish. I’ve looked at Danish oil but this seems to give quite a glossy finish.Posted 4 years ago
I believe the modern solution is to use that part of the table for your fancy new Apple Home Pod speaker.
wire wool + furniture wax?Posted 4 years ago
A towell and a steam iron worked well when we left cup rings all over the furniture at a holiday let. Basically iron the towel on top of the stain with a few squirts of steam.Posted 4 years ago
The ring is caused by moisture being released from the wood and staining the lacquer from the underside. I use an iron/damp cloth to remove dents from untreated wood, not sure I’d be happy doing it to lacquered wood as it might just leave an iron-shaped mark as per explanation above. I suspect jamesoz just got (very) lucky!Posted 4 years ago
Danish oil doesn’t really give a gloss finish. It can give a sheen I find if the excess is rubbed back vigorously. When it’s hardened, you can knock back the sheen with one of those green kitchen scourer mat things, without scratching.
I’d probably sand that all back a bit and then re oil it to try to even the colours a bit.Posted 4 years ago
Rub a walnut on it. ( obviously one taken out of the shell )Posted 4 years ago
European or African?Posted 4 years ago
rub a walnut on it, true works well on oak…Posted 4 years ago
Iron and towel will work, nice and slow. Draws the moisture out the wood.Posted 4 years ago
So, the consensus is this is moisture under the finish
This is different to what I initially thought, i.e. alcohol dissolving the finish. But most if not all white rings I see other people have posted online are caused by moisture under the finish, so on balance this seems like the answer. It’s just that it was a particularly strong G&T….I will try the iron method
The wood is finished in a way to highlight the grain and it’s not a smooth finish. Sanding would flatten this.
If I’m successful in removing the ring with an iron, what oil finsish should I use to improve the moisture resistance?Posted 4 years ago
seriously, try the walnut first, it works!Posted 4 years ago
^ I reckon more people will have easy access to irons and tea towels than they do to walnuts.Posted 4 years ago
Not helpful but furniture that can’t cope with everyday use (i.e a spill or two) can go to hell in my book. Surely there are finishes that allow a nice look and provide a degree of protection? If there’s not then sod it – i’ll stick with ikea.Posted 4 years ago
There is a winner
Posted 4 years ago
I reckon more people will have easy access to irons and tea towels than they do to walnuts.
Well I often eat walnuts, several times a week but in my 52 years on earth I’ve never found use for an iron 🙂Posted 4 years ago
Which method worked, dmorts?Posted 4 years ago
The winner is
Walnut!Posted 4 years ago
I tried both methods. The iron/cloth seemed to be drawing more oil out, so tried the walnut. It was like magic!Posted 4 years ago
I’d go for Osmo top oil, gives a nice hard wearing surface but still let’s the grain show through and also keeps the texture. You can get it in a mat finish. Not sure if it likes being put on over other finishes though.Posted 4 years ago
Thing is, do you respect wood OP?Posted 4 years ago
Have some faith 🙂
It has worked many times for me over the yearsPosted 4 years ago
Basically the oil from the walnut reinvigorates the affected area I imagine, so I expect applying Danish oil would have worked too had you not been tooled up in the walnut stakes.
IANAWRE – I am not a walnut rubbing expert.Posted 4 years ago
Not helpful but furniture that can’t cope with everyday use (i.e a spill or two) can go to hell in my book.
Even moreso when it comes to kitchen worktops… what on earth is the point of a worktop that you can’t get wet? Bugger that for a lark.Posted 4 years ago
The topic ‘How do I fix this? White ring on oak furniture’ is closed to new replies.
Sign up as a Singletrack Member and you can leave comments on stories, use the classified ads, and post in our forums, do quizzes and more.
Join us, join in, it’s free, and fun.