How To Remove Candle Wax

How To Remove Candle Wax

By Barrett Shepherd

How To Remove Candle Wax

Removing Candle Wax Tips & Tricks

Spilling candle wax happens, and it can be a very frustrating experience trying to remove it if you don't know-how. Removing candle wax can be easy if you know how to remove it properly. Here are a few tips on removing candle wax. Regardless of the type of candle wax it is, I promise you will find a solution below.

Removing candle wax from fabrics and other soft surfaces

To remove candle wax from clothes, rugs, carpet, and other soft surfaces, simply apply ice cube or ice pack to the wax. Doing this will cause the wax to harden and make it more brittle. Once it's hard, gently scrape off as much wax as you can. Be sure not to use anything too sharp; a credit card, wooden stick, or non-serrated knife will work well for this. 

Next, lay a paper bag (or several layers of paper towels) over the wax. Place a paper bag under the fabric too. Gently iron over the top paper. (Set your iron on medium to high, depending on the fabric.) The paper will absorb a lot of the wax. Repeat this process with a clean paper bag until all the wax has been removed. Throw the paper in the trash once the wax has cooled.

 How to remove candle wax from carpet

If your carpeting is not nailed down and is relatively thin, follow the steps above. If you have wall-to-wall carpeting, follow the steps above on removing candle wax from fabrics, and other soft surfaces, except you, obviously won't be able to place a paper bag under the fabric. However, you still should be able to remove the wax. It just might take longer, but if you work at it long enough, you should be able to get the wax out of the carpet.

How to remove candle wax from hard surfaces

To remove candle wax from tables, countertops, floors, or other smooth, hard, durable surfaces, let it cool then scrape it up. You can also try heating the wax with a hairdryer until it melts, then wipe it up.

How to remove candle wax from wood furniture

First, heat the candle wax with a hairdryer to soften it. Try to blot up as much wax as you can with paper towels. Then soak a cloth soaked in a half white distilled vinegar solution and half water and rub it with that to get the rest of the wax. After, wipe clean with a soft, absorbent cloth.

How to remove candle wax from clothes

It's best to try and scrape off as much wax as you can with something dull. You can then place an old cloth towel over the wax and run a hot iron over the towel until the wax was absorbed into the towel, and away from the clothes.

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