Help! I ironed a shirt on my table, and now the finish is cloudy

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Forum topic by JayR posted 11-17-2014 04:00 PM 1065 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-17-2014 04:00 PM

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I am in serious trouble with the wife. I appear to have ruined her Danish hardwood(walnut?) topped dining table by ironing a shirt on it; i did protect it with a towel, but apparently that was insufficient. The guy i talked to at Woodcraft said it was likely moisture that would dissipate in a couple of weeks. It has been about five days, and I see no difference, and I am starting to worry. Any suggestions on how I should proceed?

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#1 posted 11-17-2014 04:12 PM

is there any texture …. e.g. is the surface now rough at all, or has fuzzies stuck in it from the towel (melted the finish a bit)?

Do you know what the finish is? Shellac, Oil, Varnish, Polyurethane, Lacquer?
If you don’t know, do you have a leaf for the table, that you could take to someone to confirm.

I think there may not be an easy solution, you might have to call one of the “furniture medic” type guys and let them have a look.
When you ironed – was it just heat, or did you steam it.
If steam, then you introduced moisture, I would use a hair dryer (carefully) and see if you can dissipate the cloudiness, working in from the edges… If you cook it/burn it with the dryer you are screwed! So very gentle grasshopper.

You are trying to just “hurry” the process along that Woodcraft told you about.
If the simple doesn’t fix it… take it to a pro.

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#2 posted 11-17-2014 04:40 PM

This has worked every time I’ve had to deal with a foggy finish due to heat. Take a rag and dampening it with BLO or Tonge oil lay it on the damaged area and iron(no steam) it over the foggy spot .This should take the moisture out of the finish. Make sure the rag is left spread out or soaked in water after using it to avoid spontaneous combustion .

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#3 posted 11-17-2014 04:42 PM

Hey look at the bright side, your wife will never let you iron again.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#4 posted 12-02-2014 04:37 AM

Charles Neil has a video related to removing a moisture blush from a finish. Let’s just say that it involves a small amount of denatured alcohol and an ignition source. It’s worth checking out.

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