I was cleaning my wooden bed with Lysol and afterwards noticed weird grey marks. Now I can't remove them.

Is there any way to fix this?

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  • Hi, welcome to the Woodworking SE. This looks like standard clouding, caused by water getting trapped in/under the finish. It may or may not be reversible. If it has been a couple of days and there has been no change (pale stains from water can go away on their own) you can try heating the area with a hairdryer and see if it has any effect. More than likely it will only give minimal improvement, but it will tell you it is a water mark rather than a bleaching effect from the Lysol.
    – Graphus
    Sep 17, 2019 at 8:52
  • Help I sprayed lysol on an old wood table and now I have white spots I can't remove. Please let me know what I can try Thank you
    – Ses
    Jan 4, 2021 at 18:19
  • @Ses Welcome to Woodworking.SE! Please note you will need to accumulate rep by asking or answering questions before you can post comments on your own. You did a good job finding an existing question, but as this one has no answers, feel free to post a new one of your own with more details, a picture, and what you have tried so far. You can also reference this question to help us link the duplicate questions.
    – rob
    Jan 5, 2021 at 3:39
  • And @Ses, in order to give better responses we'll need more details than this! Post a pic or, ideally, a couple of pics of the problem — "white spots" can be a number of different things.
    – Graphus
    Jan 5, 2021 at 10:02
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    Does this answer your question? How do I remove a watermark?
    – Graphus
    Sep 1, 2021 at 4:22

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This is clouding from from water vapors in the Lysol getting trapped in under the finish. Sometimes you can take a very lightly alchohol dampened cloth and gently, very gently wipe over the area. Don’t press into the wood and don’t stay in one spot too long. You can also try a heat source like a hair dryer.

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