If you have ever accidentally spilled candle wax, you know that it is one of the most difficult substances to remove. Even if you can get the top layer of candle wax off, you are left with a stubborn caked-on residue that is virtually impossible to remove. Here are a few simple tricks you can use to remove candle wax from surfaces including glass, carpet, and wood. Removing candle wax is easier than you think, if you know the tricks to do it.
How to remove candle wax from glass
The easiest surface to remove candle wax from is glass. When candle wax melts on glass candlesticks, glass trays, and so on, many people will make the mistake of running warm water over the melted candle wax in an attempt to remove it. Instead, place the item in the freezer. Yes, the freezer! Allow it to remain in the freezer until the wax is completely hardened. This may take up to an hour. When the wax is frozen to a hard texture, take the glass out and you can now easily remove candle wax. Lastly, polish the glass with Windex and you'll have a shining glass surface once again.
In the event you have spilled candle wax on a glass table or other large object, place a bag filled with ice on top of the spill. Wait for the wax to freeze, and then scrap gently until the wax is removed.
How to remove candle wax from carpets
Don't you hate it when you spill candle wax on the carpet? The more you rub the candle wax, the worse the result. Again, a common mistake when attempting to remove candle wax from carpets is to soak the area with warm water. If you've ever tried this, you'll know it doesn't work well. Instead, try removing candle wax from carpets using these steps:
- First off, get a bag of ice (tightly sealed) and put the bag on the melted wax, being careful to cover the entire area. (If you have a large spill, you can use a bag of frozen vegetables instead) ALLOW THE WAX TO GET VERY COLD. If the ice starts to melt, replace the bag with a new one.
- Once the wax has hardened, scrape it away with a butter knife. Vacuum up the wax as you go. Scrape. Vacuum. Continue this process until you get as much of the wax off as possible. Using a medium bristled brush, scrub the area so that wax adheres to the bristles. Brush them off as you go, and continue this until wax residue no longer adhered to the bristles.
- Now, place several paper towels over the area where the wax was. Over the paper towels, you'll want to place a dry towel or washcloth. Using a hot iron, press down on the dry towel or washcloth to get the entire area hot. By doing this, you are pulling up the leftover wax so that it adheres to the paper towels. When the paper towel looks dirty, replace it with a clean one and repeat the process. When you are done you may or may not have a slight discoloration on the carpet. If you do, this can be easily removed by steam cleaning the area.
How to remove candle wax from wood
If you've ever enjoyed a romantic candlelight dinner, or hosted a dinner party and used candles to create an inviting ambiance, you'll know how easily the candles can get hit and knocked over. The typical reaction to spilled candle wax on wood is to quickly wipe it away (which only makes a bigger mess) and then attempt to scrape it with a metal object. What's left is a lot of scratches on your table and a greasy residue that is very unattractive. Removing candle wax from wood is not that difficult, if you know how to do it. Again, as soon as the candle wax is spilled, you'll want to freeze the surface. Get a bag of ice (tightly sealed) and put the bag on the melted wax. Be sure the entire area is well covered with ice. Allow the ice to stay in place until the wax becomes very cold and hardens. Once the ice is hardened, you may be able to chip it away with your finger. If not, use a plastic putty knife, credit card, or other soft (but firm) material to gently lift off the wax. Once the wax is removed, use a mixture of vinegar and warm water to wipe away any leftover residue.
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