The bag in the photo below stained my beautiful wood table; see the photos as I have no other way to describe it.
I don't know if this happened on it's own, or if my cleaning lady applied some Lemon Pledge to the table to clean it first and then laid the bag face-down on top of the newly cleaned tabletop. The table is from Rooms to Go (R2G). Officially per R2G's manufacturer catalog, it is a "cherry" wood with a "clear cherry" finish.
Cleaning Update 1
Applying Minwax paste finishing wax has removed a much smaller spot, but to use it on this large an area requires a lot of elbow grease. Applying pressure via a plastic stick behind some paper towel is working, albeit slowly. I wonder if Murphy's Oil Soap will help? I don't want to add something new to the mix in case it sets the stain.
An online forum elsewhere for a similar problem recommended a paste of mayonnaise and cigarette ashes, but I don't smoke and therefore have no ashes available.
Cleaning Update 2
I contacted a local furniture restoration company and showed them this post. The lovely lady on the phone explained that R2G usually uses a spray-on-finish whose name starts with an "f". Her recommendation was to
- proceed cautiously
- tape over one grain direction
- get some 4 0 steel wool
- unfold it to a cloth shape
- get some appropriately-colored Minwax
- rub the minwax using the wool extremely gently in the direction of the grain.
- if it fails to fade, apply slightly more pressure
The actual solution she suggested was slightly more complicated than what I've typed out. As 4 0 steel wool would definitely scratch the finish, this seems like a last resort; I'll stick with paper towels for now.
I am curious if a Magic Eraser is the same consistency as 4-zero / 4 0 steel wool, but having witnessed how it eradicates polish off a car, I am not going to start using one.
Cleaning Update 3
I am continuing to use the paper towel, Minwax and elbow grease, and based on the prior advice, I am wiping with the grain. Wiping with the grain seems to fade the stain is faster than when wiping in random directions. This task is more complex due to the two grain directions, but I will persist and update on noticeable changes.
I will purchase the 4-0 steel wool on my next outing.
The stain (originally):
The (upside-down shot of the) stain (post-minwax + elbow grease):
Progress after applying more Minwax and pressure. Doesn't look like much progress, but maybe that's the lighting.