coffee stained oak

The beauty of oak furniture is that the moment you introduce it to your interiors, you are creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Oak furniture is perfect for enhancing any room and creating a stylish yet practical focal point that will last you for many years to come. Whilst oak is a very durable, hard wearing material, it is very easily damaged when heat is applied. You often find that items such as oak dining tables, oak coffee tables and oak sideboards often have those irritating heat rings that you can’t seem to remove. These stains are often caused by hot items being left on the bare surface, and although it may seem impossible to remove them, there are some useful was to do so!

Traditional Tips

It’s often the old-school approaches that have been passed down from generation to generation that work the best, as they have been tried and tested and often use less harmful cleaning products. One of the most popular tips that has been passed down is to use toothpaste to remove the heat stains. Add 50% toothpaste and 50% baking soda to a bowl, creating a paste to apply to the stains. Rub this paste gently over the affected area and then wipe down with a clean cloth. This process is ideal as it doesn’t involve any harsh chemicals or added scents that could cause your oak more damage. Another old-fashioned oak repairing tip is to apply salt and olive oil to the area, as the two elements work well together to help restore the oak.

Add More Heat

You may think this step seems a little strange, considering heat is the reason these stains are on the oak surface in the first place, but there is actually a useful way to use heat to repair the oak. Thoroughly clean down the stained area and ensure it is completely dry. You then need to place a clean cotton towel over the stained area and run your iron across the towel. It’s important to make sure that your iron doesn’t touch the oak directly, as this will cause more damage to the material. This tip is ideal as the steam from the iron helps to repair the damaged area and you are avoiding adding any additional chemicals to the surface.

Avoiding the Stains

There are a number of different ways in which you can prevent any heat from staining your beautiful oak furniture, which will also help to keep your furniture in good condition for many years. One of the most important things to use with any oak surface is mats. Whether you’re using coasters on your coffee table and sideboards, or placemats on your dining table, the moment you invest in some oak furniture you should add some stylish mats to the surfaces. This is simply going to stop mugs, bowls and other hot items from causing stains on the oak and will also prevent any discolouration if liquid is spilt. Another very useful tip is to coat your oak in a layer of durable lacquer. This doesn’t have to be done as soon as you make your purchase as most pieces will have a layer of protective lacquer on them already, but after a few years of use it will be beneficial to reapply the lacquer and ensure its fully protected.