How to Remove Candle Wax

How to Remove Candle Wax

How to get Candle Wax out of Carpets

Materials needed: Butter Knife, Vacuum Cleaner (or broom), iron, carpet stain remover, white cotton towels, ice cubes, a plastic bag, brown paper bags, Rubbing alcohol (70%).

Step 1: Removing the obvious wax. Scrape the wax off the carpet with the butter knife. Some of the wax may still be soft, so you need to get it hardened so that it would be easier to be scraped off. Place some ice cubes in the plastic bag and place the bag over the wax stain for it to harden. Then scrape it off again with the knife. After that, use a vacuum cleaner to suck up the scraped wax (or just sweep it off).

Step 2: Melting the remaining wax. Place a paper bag over the stain; make sure it covers the stain completely and iron it. The heat from the iron should be really low so that you would not burn the carpet. As you do, you would notice melted wax seeping out and soak the bag. Replace the wax paper and heat again. Repeat this process until no more wax seeps out. Use the ice cube process in step 1 to harden the wax, scrape it off and vacuum it. Do this until the wax is removed.

Step 3: Removing the stain. Even though the wax is gone, the stain may not. Use a carpet stain remover for this or rubbing alcohol. Pour some rubbing alcohol on the white cloth and dab it on the stain. Dab, not rub or soak. The stain colour will be transferred to the cloth. Change the cloths repeatedly until it is all out.

how to remove candle wax

How to Get Candle Wax out of Clothes

Materials needed: Knife, towel, sheets of blotting paper (or paper towels), towel, stain remover, a bowl, and an ice cube (not compulsory)

Step 1: Leave the wax to dry. You can hasten the process by rubbing the stain with an ice cube

Step 2: When the wax gets hardened, scrape it off with a knife. Be careful not to damage your cloth or hurt yourself.

Step 3: Place a towel under the cloth and two sheets of blotting paper (or paper towels) over it. Melt the wax by ironing the area. Remember (just like in carpets) to use low heat. Once the paper towels are soaked with liquid wax, replace them. And do this until all the wax becomes liquid.

Step 4: Pour some stain remover in the bowl. Soak the stained part of the cloth in the stain remover for some hours.

Step 5: Finally, wash the cloth normally, with a machine or by hand and dry.


How to Remove Candle Wax from Glass

For small glass jars or containers

Materials needed: Freezer, a table knife, cotton ball, baby oil (or vinegar)

Step 1: Let the glass cool to room temperature and place it in a freezer especially if it is a small glass jar. Leave it in this position for some hours as the wax would begin to pull away from the glass and become easier to remove later.

Step 2: Scrape the wax from the glass with a knife.

Step 3: Soak a cotton ball in some baby oil or vinegar and swab the glass with it to remove the remaining wax.

Note: There are other methods to do this like using a microwave, washing the jar, filling it with hot water and so on. The Freezer method works well for most types of wax.


For glass surfaces

Materials needed: Hot water, a sponge, window scraper, a piece of cloth (rag), paper towel, and a glass cleaning solution.

Step 1: Soak a sponge in hot water and wipe the surface to liquefy the wax and loosen it for easy remover.

Step 2: Scrape the surface with a window scraper to remove the wax. Be careful with this so you would not scratch the glass with it.

Step 3: The hot water would have gotten warm now. Soak a piece of cloth in it and wipe the surface again to remove any residue. If not, spray the wax with a glass cleaning solution and wipe it off with the cloth or paper towels.

How to Remove Candle Wax from Skin

Materials needed: Any type of oil (olive oil, baby oil, coconut oil, canola oil etc.), cotton ball (or just a piece of clean cloth, or paper towels)

Step 1: Soak a cotton ball heavily in oil and place it over your skin for 30 seconds to a minute. The purpose of this is to get the oil under the wax so it would easily slide out. Use paper towels if it is a large area.

Step 2: Rub the wax with the cotton ball to remove the wax. Use more oil and rub again until everything comes off.

Step 3: Wash the oil away from your skin, along with any bit of wax with soap and water.

How to Remove Candle Wax from Wood

Materials needed: Blow dryer, soft cloth, white vinegar, furniture polish

Step 1: You need to get the wax melted so that it can be cleaned off easily. Use a blow dryer for this, keeping it some inches away from the wood.

Step 2: Wipe the melted wax off the wood with a soft cloth. There will still be some remnants. Mix ½ cup of white vinegar with a cup of water. Dip the cloth in this mixture and wipe the wood again.

Step 3: Use a furniture polish to make it shine again.

Alternatively, you can remove the wax the same way you would remove wax from carpets. That is, cool and harden the wax with ice cubes; scrape hard wax off with knife; iron a paper bag over the wood repeatedly or use a blow dryer and finally, clean up with a soft cloth.

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