Removing candle wax, 10 easy tips

How to remove candle wax easily? Romantic evening, candlelit dinner, birthday cake… All good occasions to accidentally drop candle wax on the floor!

Fortunately, it is possible to remove this wax with a few very simple tricks. So here are my 10 tips and tricks for removing candle wax

1. Removing wax from tiles

It is common to spill candle wax on tiles or ceramics.

Here’s how to remove it:

  1. Heat white vinegar and soak a cloth in this solution.
  2. Place the hot vinegar cloth directly on the candle wax.
  3. Leave to act on the tiles for a few moments and rub to remove the wax.

You can also use the back of a spoon to more easily rub and loosen the candle wax on the tile.

2. Removing candle wax from wood

If you have accidentally spilled candle wax on a piece of furniture or wooden flooring, here is how to remove it effectively.

  1. Take an ice cube and rub the wax to harden it quickly.
  2. Gently scrape off the hardened wax with a spoon or other utensil (be careful not to scratch the wood).
  3. Then rub with a cloth and wood oil to remove wax residue.

Unfortunately the heat of the candle wax may cause a white stain. Here are some tips to make them disappear: Remove white stains from wood.

3. Candle wax on fabric

If you’ve just stained a fabric, garment, or tablecloth with candle wax, here’s the best trick to get it all off.

  1. Use the back of a metal spoon and scrape off excess candle wax.
  2. Sprinkle with talc to completely cover the entire wax stain and place absorbent paper on the talc.
  3. Run a hot iron over the paper towel to remove the wax.

The heat from the iron will cause the candle wax to stick to the paper towel.

4. Candle wax on carpet and rugs

If you move a candle and unfortunately you spill hot wax on the carpet or on the rug, you must act quickly!

Here’s how to remove candle wax from a carpet:

  1. Use a knife or a metal spoon and remove the excess wax.
  2. Place 2 layers of paper towel over the wax stain and heat with a hair dryer.

Thanks to the hot air from the hair dryer, the candle wax will stick to the paper towel, just like the iron trick.

5. Remove candle wax from glass

Once the candle is completely consumed, it may be interesting to recover the glass or the support used for the candle.

Here is how to remove all the wax from the glass container:

  1. Allow the candle to cool to room temperature and then place the glass in the freezer.
  2. Leave in the freezer for 1 to 2 hours so that the wax is cold, even frozen.
  3. Use a kitchen knife and remove the wax stuck to the bottom of the glass container.
  4. Use a paper towel with white vinegar to scrub and remove any remaining wax residue.

6. Removing candle wax from concrete

Whether it’s on a kitchen counter, floor, patio or concrete slab, here’s how to quickly remove that candle wax.

But be careful, no matter the concrete surface it is better to wait until the candle wax hardens to try to remove it because you risk spreading it further.

Here’s how to take it all off:

  1. Let the wax stain harden (you can cool it with an ice cube to make it faster).
  2. Scrape off the wax with a knife or the back of a spoon.
  3. Rub with a cloth and a little scouring cream to remove all traces of wax.
  4. Rinse with a damp cloth and allow to dry to finish.

7. Candle wax stain on plastic

No matter the plastic surface, here is a quick and easy tip for removing candle wax:

  1. Scrape and remove excess wax with the back of a metal spoon.
  2. Scrub the remaining wax with steel wool and liquid dish soap.
  3. Rinse the plastic with a cloth and water to complete the cleaning.

8. Candle wax on marble

Your beautiful candle has just leaked wax on your counter or marble floor?

Here’s how to remove candle wax from marble:

  1. Let the wax harden and scrape off the excess with a metal spoon.
  2. Mix a little water with baking soda and rub off any remaining wax residue with a cloth or sponge.

Be careful not to scratch or damage the marble or other natural stone surfaces with an overly abrasive solution.

9. Prevent candle wax stains

Of course the best thing to do now that you know how to clean candle wax is to prevent this type of stain.

Here are some tips and tricks to stop dropping hot wax:

  • Never move a candle that is burning or still hot.
  • Prefer the use of large candles rather than long and thin ones.
  • Always have a support adapted to the shape and size of the candle.
  • Place the holder and the candle in a cup or saucer.

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