Most of us grew up with a piece of furniture in the house — likely a dining table or maybe a coffee or side table — that bore a cloudy white mark on the surface. As your disappointed mother probably pointed out, “it’s because you put something hot there without a pad.”
Mom was right about that. Your hot pizza box, take-out carton or her hot casserole dish was the culprit. But she wasn’t really correct if she said the furniture was ruined or that the only way to repair it is to refinish the piece.