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Handyman on Call

Why did plates leave white stains on her dark-wood dining table?

Q. My dining table has a dark finish. I put on a tablecloth and place setting plates for a dinner party. When dinner and dessert were over and I picked up the cloth, there was a white stain on the wood every place a plate stood, the size and shape of the plate. What happened, and can I remove that spot and keep it from recurring?


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