I (stupidly) decided to iron the last bit of a shirt on my coffee table (I know, I know). Anyway, even though it had a couple of towels underneath it, there now lives a steam mark of the iron with a whiteish border. The pic shows it hopefully, sorry about the dodgy graphics!
The table is raw wood (Quebec Yellow Wood) with a waxed finish. I have waxed it every three months since I’ve had it – about three years – so it has a fair amount of protection. Not sure how to go about fixing it. Just wax over it?
Ok, it appears that the iron trick doesn’t work on this type of finish (unless you’re after the stripped wood covered in white blotches look). Before I caused complete disaster, I just went over the wood with the waxes I use to maintain it: one clear; one colour.
I think the re-heating method is for lacquered, or more durable (thicker) finishes.
Im my experience, the iron only makes things works. After ruining my wife’s table, I found a product called Restore-a-finish. It is inexpensive, and it comes in various colors. Get the one that matches the best and apply it with 0000 steel wool. It takes some “elbow grease” but it works great!