How to Get Wite-Out Off of Wood Furniture

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Things You'll Need

  • WD-40

  • Soft, clean cloth

  • Vinegar

  • Olive oil

  • Goo Gone

  • Butter knife

  • Nail-polish remover without acetone


Test each method on an inconspicuous area of the furniture before using it to remove the Wite-Out.

Get Wite-Out Off of Wood Furniture

Wite-Out is a type of correction fluid used to correct errors made with ink that cannot simply be erased. The formula was created by George Kloosterhouse, a clerk at an insurance company, and Edwin Johanknecht, an associate, in 1966. The two experimented with different chemicals until they came up with Wite-Out, which was finally patented in 1974. Wite-Out is amazing in that it covers up errors and doesn't come off--this is great on paper, but bad on furniture. Fortunately, with the right materials it's an easy fix.


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Step 1

Spray the stained area with WD-40 and allow it to sit for two to three minutes. Wipe the Wite-Out away with a soft, clean cloth.

Step 2

Mix a solution of equal parts vinegar and olive oil and apply it to the area with a soft, clean cloth. Scrub the area with the cloth gently until all of the Wite-Out is gone.

Step 3

Spray Goo Gone on a soft, clean cloth, and gently scrub the Wite-Out away.

Step 4

Gently scrape the dried Wite-Out off of the furniture with a butter or putty knife.

Step 5

Apply nail-polish remover without acetone to a soft, clean cloth, and gently wipe the area free of Wite-Out.


Melynda Sorrels

Melynda Sorrels spent 10 years in the military working in different capacities of the medical field, including dental assisting, health services administration, decontamination and urgent medical care. Awarded the National Guardsman’s Medal for Lifesaving efforts in 2002, Sorrels was also a nominee for a Red Cross Award and a certified EMT-B for four years.