The photograph above is of my dining room table. It's an old table. I've had it probably since the girls were little. Anyway, I took this picture around eleven o'clock this morning.
However ... this was my dining room table around ten o'clock this morning. Pretty gross, huh? A few months ago a plant leaked all over it and left this ghastly white mess. Between this and all the other stains it had accumulated over the years, my poor table looked hideous. I was just starting to think I'd have to invest in some tablecloths to cover it up.
Then this morning I saw a friend (think it was Deb) post something about getting scratch marks off wooden furniture. It got me thinking of my table, so I did an online search to see if I could find something. I found one website by the makers of the "For Dummies" books, and it had some ideas. First, they said to put mayonnaise on the stains. I tried that, but it didn't work. Then they suggested toothpaste. That didn't work either. The next step was to mix toothpaste and baking soda together. Nope — it still wouldn't touch it. It smelled interesting, though.
So, I decided to look at another site and stumbled on this YouTube video. After smearing my table with mayonnaise, toothpaste, and baking soda, I pretty much figured, "What the hell!" and I decided to give the iron method a try. I could not believe my eyes — it worked!
It didn't take them all off, but it looks SO MUCH BETTER! I had never heard of this method before and would never have thought IRONING a table would make the stains disappear. I keep walking over to it to look just to make sure they haven't come back. I am truly amazed!