How to Get Candle Wax Off Fabric, Wood, Glass, and Walls


If you’ve ever had a candle blow out and left wax on your table or floor, you know cleaning up can be a pain. But with a few simple steps, you can get the wax out without damaging the surface. Check out our guide for removing wax from different surfaces!

How to remove candle wax from clothing and fabric?

If you’ve accidentally dripped candle wax on your clothing, don’t worry! The sooner you act, the easier it will be to remove the wax.

1) Allow the wax to dry completely.

It would help if you always allowed the hot wax to dry before carrying out any cleaning methods on the spilled wax. Trying to remove melted wax from your clothing will only cause the problem to get worse than it already is.

2) Scrape the stain with a blunt knife.

Use a blunt knife to scrape off as much dried wax as possible. Be sure not to use anything too sharp, as this could damage your clothing.

3) Place a paper towel over the stain.

You will need to place a paper towel over the stain or another absorbent material you can throw away once finished. This will be used to absorb the wax from the clothing.

4) Remelt the wax with an iron.

Place the iron on a low heat setting and hold it over the paper towel. The wax should start to melt and transfer onto the paper towel. If the paper towel becomes saturated and no longer takes up wax, replace the paper towel with a new towel.

5) Soak the clothing with stain remover.

Once all the wax has been removed, you will need to soak the clothing in water and stain remover to get rid of any residual wax that may be left behind.

6) Put the item of clothing in the washing machine.

Once the clothing is soaked, you can regularly put it in the washing machine. This will remove any final traces of wax and leave your clothing looking as good as new!

Be sure to follow the instructions on the stain remover before washing your clothes as usual.

How to remove candle wax from your carpet?

If you’ve spilled candle wax on your carpet, don’t panic! Candle wax can be a pain to remove, but with these simple steps, your carpet will look good as new in no time.

1) Allow the wax to dry completely.

As with clothing, you should always allow the hot wax to dry before carrying out any cleaning methods on the spilled wax. Trying to remove melted wax from your carpet will only cause the problem to get worse than it already is.

2) Scrape the stain with a blunt knife.

Use a blunt knife to scrape off as much dried wax as possible. Be sure not to use anything too sharp, as this could damage your carpet.

3) Place a paper towel over the stain.

You will need to place a paper towel or another absorbent material you can throw away once finished over the stain. This will be used to absorb the wax from the carpet.

4) Remelt the wax with an iron.

Place the iron on a low heat setting and hold it over the paper towel. The wax should start to melt and transfer onto the paper towel. If the paper towel becomes saturated and no longer takes up wax, replace the paper towel with a new towel.

5) Vacuum the area to remove any residual wax.

Once all the wax has been removed, you should vacuum the area to remove any residual wax that may be left behind. This will leave your carpet looking as good as new!

How to remove candle wax from glass?

If you’ve accidentally dripped candle wax on your glass table or floor, don’t worry! The sooner you act, the easier it will be to remove the wax.

If you are looking to remove wax from glass candle containers and not surfaces, we suggest that you check out our article on candle wax container removal.

1) Identify your scrapping tool.

A metal putty knife or a credit card will do the trick. Use a soft cloth to avoid scratching if you’re working with a delicate surface, like an antique table.

2) Allow the wax to dry.

It will be much harder to remove if the wax is still wet. Allow it to dry completely before proceeding.

3) Scrape off the wax.

Place your scraper at a 45-degree angle and gently scrape off the wax. If the surface is delicate, work on the area with a cloth.

4) Apply heat.

Use a hairdryer on the low setting to melt the remaining wax.

5) Wipe the surface down.

Wipe away the wax with a clean cloth.

6) Apply soap and hot water to the area.

If there’s any residue left behind, use soapy water and a sponge to remove it.

How to remove candle wax from wood?

If you’ve accidentally spilled candle wax on your wood furniture, don’t worry! With these simple steps, the wax will be removed in no time.

1) Use a spatula

First, after the wax has dried, use a plastic spatula or another blunt object to scrape up as much wax as possible. With wood, you should avoid using a knife, unlike the other surfaces, as it is likely to mark your wood.

2) Use a hairdryer

Next, apply a small amount of heat to the remaining wax. You can do this with a hair dryer or by placing a towel over the area and ironing it on low heat. The heat will help to melt the wax and make it easier to remove.

3) Use a clean cloth

Once the wax is melted, use a clean cloth to wipe it away. You may need to use a little elbow grease to get all of the wax-up, but be careful not to scrub too hard as you could damage the wood finish.

4) Polish the table

Finally, polish the area with furniture polish or beeswax to restore the shine.

And that’s it! With these simple steps, your wood furniture will look good as new in no time.

How to remove candle wax from walls?

If you’ve accidentally spilled candle wax on your walls, don’t worry! With these simple steps, the wax will be removed in no time.

1) Heat the wax.

Use a hairdryer on a low heat setting to melt the wax.

2) Use a cloth on the melted wax

Unlike with fabrics, using blunt objects to scrap away the wax can cause damage to the wallpaper or wall itself. It would help if you used a cloth while the wax is in liquid form to remove as much as possible.

3) Use soap and water

If any residue is left behind, use soapy water and a sponge to remove it.

4) Use white vinegar

For tough stains, make a solution of one part white vinegar and two parts warm water. Apply the key to the area with a sponge and blot dry.

With these simple steps, your walls will be wax-free in no time!

How to remove candle wax from metal?

There are a few different ways to remove candle wax from metal surfaces. You can either use a hairdryer to melt the wax and then wipe it away, or you freeze the wax and then scrape it off.

1) Use a hairdryer.

Set your hairdryer to the low setting and hold it over the wax until it melts. Once the wax has melted, you can wipe it away with a clean cloth.

2) Freeze the wax.

Place the metal object in the freezer for a few hours until the wax hardens. If the object is a surface, get ice cubes to cool the wax quickly. Once the wax is hard, you can use a blunt knife to scrape it off.

3) Use boiling water.

Pour boiling water over the wax and then use a blunt knife to scrape it. Be careful not to pour too much water at once, as this could damage the metal surface.

4) Use vinegar.

Soak a clean cloth in vinegar and hold it over the wax for a few minutes. The wax should soften, and you can then wipe it away.

How do you remove wax from leather?

Use a hair dryer on the low setting and a clean cloth to remove candle wax from leather.

1) Use a hairdryer.

Set your hairdryer to the low setting and hold it over the wax until it melts. Once the wax has melted, you can wipe it away with a clean cloth.

2) Use white vinegar.

Soak a clean cloth in vinegar and wipe it over the wax until the wax starts to come off of the leather.

3) Use a leather cleaner.

If you have a leather cleaner, you can use that to remove the wax. Follow the instructions on the cleaner and wipe away the wax.

4) Buff the area.

Once all of the wax is removed, buff the area with a clean cloth to restore the shine.

Wax Removing Products

You can use a few different products to remove wax from surfaces. You can find these at your local hardware store.

1) Mineral spirits.

Mineral spirits are a type of petroleum-based solvent that can dissolve wax. Apply mineral spirits to the wax stain with a clean cloth and then wipe away.

2) WD-40.

WD-40 is a lubricant that can be used to remove wax from surfaces. Apply WD-40 to the wax stain and then wipe away with a clean cloth.

3) White Vinegar.

As mentioned in the two methods, white vinegar is a great way to remove wax from different surfaces and can help get the wax off in no time.

Preventing Wax Stains in the Future

To avoid making a mess in the future, you can do a few things to prevent wax stains.

1) Use a candle holder.

Always use a candle holder when burning candles. This will help to catch any wax that drips from the candle.

2) Trim the wick.

Make sure to trim the wick to 1/4 of an inch in length before each use. A long wick can cause the candle to drip more wax; a longer wick will lead to a more significant flame, causing increased heat.

3) Place a coaster under the candle holder.

If you’re using a candle holder without a base, place a non-flammable coaster underneath it. This will help to catch any wax that drips from the candle.

4) Use jar candles.

Jar candles are less likely to drip wax than other types of candles. Opt for a jar candle if you’re worried about making a mess.

5) Use flameless candles.

Flameless candles are a great alternative to traditional candles. They don’t produce any wax, so you don’t have to worry about making a mess!

Candle wax cleaning tips

  1. Never try to remove candle wax when it is still hot. This will only make the problem worse. Always allow it to dry completely before proceeding.
  2. Use a blunt object to scrape off the wax. Something too sharp could damage the surface.
  3. Use an iron on low heat to remelt the wax. This will make it much easier to remove.
  4. If you’re having trouble removing the wax, try using a hairdryer on the low setting. The heat will help to melt the wax and make it easier to remove.
  5. Wipe the area with a clean cloth after removing the wax to remove any residue left behind.
  6. If you’re having trouble removing the wax from a delicate surface, try using a soft cloth. This will help to avoid any damage to the surface.
  7. Never try to remove candle wax from walls with anything other than a clean cloth. Using anything else could damage the paint or wallpaper.
  8. If you’re having trouble removing candle wax from a tablecloth, try using a hairdryer on the low setting. The heat will help to melt the wax and make it easier to remove.
  9. If you’re having trouble removing candle wax from metal, try using a hairdryer on the low setting. The heat will help to melt the wax and make it easier to remove. Soapy water can be used to remove any residue that may be left behind after removing the wax. If you’re still having trouble removing the candle wax, you can always try using a commercial cleaner designed specifically for removing wax.

Final Thoughts on Candle Wax Clean Up

Now that you know how to remove candle wax from various surfaces, you can enjoy your candles without worry! Just act quickly and use the appropriate method for cleaning the surface. With a bit of elbow grease, your characters will be good as new in no time.

Do you have any tips for removing candle wax? Share them in the comments below!

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