Soap Stains Oil Finish Wood Table

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Question Soap Stains Oil Finish Wood Table

Wasn't sure what section to put this in, so I am throwing it in this forum since it sort of has to do with finishing....

I apologize if this is a dumb question, but, hey, I'm desperate.


Anyway, I have a nice unfinished wood coffee table...While I was away, a friend spilled stuff on the coffee table. They used a soap sponge to clean it up and now I have three hazy blush spots on the unfinished table. They have lightened the dark brown look of the table. It's quite unfortunate.


Anyway, does anyone have any recommendations to get rid of/lessen these light spots?
 
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Why is the coffee table unfinished?
Have you tried scrubbing the whole table with a wet rag? If all else fails you could sand the top down.
 
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It's actually not unfinished I misspoke (shows how much I know)...

Here's the table: *****

"Natural saal wood top with oil finish; iron frame and legs."

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I had to remove the link you posted because it's generating a pop-up urging people to join. Don't want to impose that on members of this forum.
Can you take a pic of your table and upload it?
 
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Really? It was just a link to West Elm...But, yes, when I get home, I will upload a photo.

BTW, if you could change the title of the thread to say "Soap Stains Oil Finish Wood Table", it would be much appreciated!
 
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I'd call the manufacture and see if they have any suggestions. You might rub some tung oil [or similar] on the top and see if that helps. Paint thinner will remove it if it doesn't...... the more I think about it, I'd take mineral spirits and scrub the top with it and then re oil, that should fix it. Still wouldn't hurt to call the manufacture and get their advice first
 
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Haha, thanks for the advice. I did...three times...and they said there was nothing to do. They didn't even mention refinishing it.
 
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It's sad when a company doesn't care about their customers any more than that
Try scrubbing it with a thinner rag and let us know how it does.
 
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Excuse my lack of DIY ability (it's sad), but what do you mean by "thinner rag"?
 
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Sorry it's a rag wet with paint thinner [mineral spirits] Usually it's best to white rags - that makes sure the thinner doesn't bleed any color out of the rag onto the wood.
 
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Oil finish? The marks are probably from water being left on it. I think the mineral spirits idea is a good one.
 
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it's best to white rags
should have read 'it's best to use white rags'
 
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Here's the table btw....Disaster....Turned flash on so you would get a better idea.

 
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Is that before or after wiping it with the thinner?
 
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That's before any thinner...Haven't done the thinner yet.
 
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