How To Remove Candle Wax

By Subodh / April 22, 2012

Something as mundane as removing candle wax from the floor, table, carpet and wall can take up hours of chore if you don’t know how to do it properly. You may not think candle wax much of a problem, but once it flows down from a burning candle and gets stuck to a surface, it can be obstinate. Luckily, it leaves no stain and for this reason many people do not even bother to remove them until a later date. But as the wax grow older, they become yellowish and then blackish. This makes your home look dirty. Therefore, candle wax should be removed as soon as possible.

While you can remove candle wax with a kitchen knife or even with your fingers, you should avoid doing that as it can leave permanent cut marks and scars on the surface. In fact, never use any sharp object to remove candle wax from any type of surface, whether smooth or rough. You will only end up damaging and disfiguring the surface. Here are some ingenious ways you can remove candle wax from any surface without damaging the surface.

Using a hair dryer: This is one of the best methods for expensive furniture, glassware and oil painted walls that you won’t even dream of spoiling. You will need a hair dryer and a piece of clean, soft cloth. Blow dry the surface with the wax until the wax melts and then wipe it off with the soft clean cloth. This is the best way to remove candle wax from smooth surfaces.

Using a hot iron: The above is good only for a smooth surface. If you try it on a carpet, you will end up creating more mess. Therefore, the best way to remove candle wax from a carpet is to use a hot iron. First, scrape off the wax with a blunt knife or scale. Then spread a clean cloth on top of the waxed area and place a hot iron on top of it. The heat of the iron melts and vaporizes the wax which floats right up into the air. If the wax is new, let it become hard first; otherwise ironing it will make the carpet messy.

Using a paper bag: If you have accidentally dropped candle wax on your clothes, do the following. First, scrape the blotches with a blunt knife. After that put the cloth on top of the ironing board, take a paper bag and place it on the waxed area, and then press it with a hot iron from inside the paper bag. The melted wax will stick to the paper and the cloth will be free of wax.

Using the freezer: If the candle wax is stuck obstinately inside the candle holder or kitchen utensils made of ceramic, the best way to remove it is to put it in the freezer for a few hours. The frozen wax can be easily plucked off with your fingers or a toothpick.