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

Tip

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
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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.

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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.

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