How To Clean Spilled Wax Off Surfaces

Updated: Nov 12, 2021

If you're a candle user and have had your share of spills, you'll want to read these easy tips on how to clean up a wax spill.

When it comes to using candles or melts, accidents will happen. I tend to spill wax when I'm changing melts in my warmer, making candles or when my young son has knocked over my warmers a couple of times that resulted into a big mess. Luckily, there are a few tricks you can use to help get that spilled wax off surfaces and clothing.

Removing Candle Wax From Fabrics, Carpets and Other Soft Surfaces:

To remove candle wax from clothing, rugs, carpets and other soft surfaces, you'll first want to allow the wax to dry. You don't want to risk spreading it and making it worse, because trust does.

Once the wax has harden, you will now want to get a non-sharp object like a credit card, a plastic butter knife or a putty spatula to help you gently scrape off as much wax as you can.

Next, you should get a paper bag (or a couple of old towels/cloths if it's a small spill) and place it over the wax. If you have spilled wax on some fabric, you'll want to place a paper bag under the fabric too if you can.

If you have a clothes iron, you'll want to bust this out to use. Set your iron on medium to high, depending on the fabric and once it's ready, you will then gently begin to iron over the top paper. Surprisingly, the paper will absorb the wax. You will want to keep repeating this process with a clean paper bag/or towel until all the wax has been removed. Throw the paper bags in the trash once the wax residue has cooled. If you have spilled wax on say a shirt or any small fabric object, if you place that piece of fabric in the freezer and let it harden, you should be able to break/scrap it off as well. The fabric will need washing but at least the wax will be removed.

You could also try using the blow dryer method as well to see if that can remove the wax from any fabric.

Removing Candle Wax From Hard Surfaces:

  1. To remove candle wax on hard surfaces such as counter tops, floors, and other smooth hard durable surfaces, let it cool before you begin scrape it up.

  2. What I actually prefer to do when I spill wax on my counter tops or floor (happens often), I actually use my blow dryer on a low setting and heat the wax until melted, then I wipe up. I find this works much easier and quicker.

Removing Candle Wax From Wood Furniture:

  1. How to remove wax from wood furniture can be tricky but there is a trick that can work well.

  2. You'll want to Heat the wax with a hair dryer to soften it, but this time you'll want to blot up as much wax as you can with paper towels (or an old towel(s), then rub with a cloth soaked in a solution of half white distilled vinegar and half water. Once you do that, you'll want to wipe the surface clean with a soft, absorbent cloth.

**Keep in mind that if the wax has a dark dye in it, it could stain any fabric or surface.

If you have any questions or other suggestions, feel free to leave a comment :)

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