How to Get Scotch Guard Off Wood

Scotch Guard spray helps protect upholstered furniture and pillows from stains. The wax-base repels liquids, preventing them from being absorbed too quickly. When overspray results in Scotch Guard stains on your wood furniture or floor, it can turn into white discolored stains. When the overspray is left unattended, it acts as a dirt magnet and collects dust and dirt. You can get Scotch Guard overspray stains off wood using supplies and techniques for removing wax-based stains from wood.

Overspray from Scotch Guard while protecting upholstery causes wax stains on wood.

Step 1

Wipe up a still-moist Scotch Guard overspray stain with paper towels. Remove as much of the spray as possible.

Step 2

Lay a clean, cotton cloth over the remaining Scotch Guard stain on the wood surface. Heat an iron to the "Low" heat setting.

An iron's heat causes wax to transfer from the wood to the cloth.

Place the warmed iron on top of the cotton cloth for three to four seconds at a time. As the wax-based stain softens it will transfer to the cotton cloth. Repeat this step three to five times to remove as much of the overspray stain as possible.

Step 4

Dampen a clean cloth with a quarter-sized amount of mineral spirits. Rub the mineral spirits into any remaining Scotch Guard stain on the wood. Dry the surface with another cloth.

Step 5

Apply wood cleaner and moisturizer to a clean cloth. Rub it into the wood furniture surface to remove the mineral spirits and add moisture to the wood.

Wood that's moisturized is less absorbent than thirsty wood.

Allow the wood cleaner and moisturizer to absorb into the furniture for one minute. Wipe off excess solution with a dry cloth.

Mary Ylisela

Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.