candle wax

Candles are a simple and effective way to add atmosphere to your home, but the drips and pools of wax they can leave behind can be a pain. Here’s how to get wax off any surface for good.

Wood

If you need to remove wax from wood, harden the wax with an ice cube. From here, carefully scrape it off with an expired credit card or ruler. If you have any residue leftover, rub it away with cream furniture wax.

Glass

Left your candle above a mirrored surface? To remove wax from glass, scrape away the excess. Next, apply heat with a hairdryer on a medium setting. As you go, wipe the wax from the glass using a cloth/rag as it softens. You should be able to wash the area with hot, soapy water and remove the residue.

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Brick

Don’t rub the wax in – all this will do is spread it around. Freeze the wax with an ice pack and scrape it away with an old knife or something similar. Once you’ve scraped it away, wash the brick with warm, soapy water.

Vinyl flooring

If wax has made its way onto your vinyl floors, soak the affected spot with hot water and then wipe the wax away with a dry cloth. Rinse and repeat until the wax has been removed, then consider applying a touch of multipurpose remover to remove residue.

Carpet

Do your best to scrape off excess wax. Lay a damp cloth over the wax and apply medium heat with an iron. The wax should adhere to the cloth. You can use rubbing alcohol to remove the residue. Alternatively, freeze the wax with an ice pack and then shatter the frozen wax with a blunt object. Vacuum the wax pieces before they soften.

Painted wall

Apply medium heat to the wall with a hairdryer and wipe away any excess wax as it softens. Remove the residue with a mix of vinegar and water (try 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water).

Linen/fabric furniture

Use a thin knife to remove as much wax as possible. If the wax is on a piece of linen, sandwich it between two plain paper bags. If you have wax on a piece of furniture, top the area with a bag and iron it with medium heat until the wax transfers. Repeat with more bags as you need.

Leather furniture

The key here is not burning the leather. Move your hairdryer quickly over the surface to warm the wax and avoid any burns. Remove the wax with a clean cloth. From here, use a polish that’s designed for leather furniture or a damp cloth with mild soap to help remove any remaining residue. It’ll also keep your leather furniture from drying out.

Hair

If you end up with wax on the tips of the hair, place the hair in hot water to melt the wax. If you get wax closer to the root of the hair (or it ends up on short hair) you can massage olive oil into the hair – this will help to loosen the wax.

TV/Computer screen

Use the ice cube method to harden the wax and try to pop it off the screen in one piece. If it’s a stubborn piece, try mineral spirits. If in doubt, try to keep your candles away from your electronic equipment 😉

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