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How to Remove Wax from Furniture

Updated on October 16, 2015
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Romance is in the Air

Picture this, a romantic evening, the kids are away for the weekend, all the housework is done. It’s just you, your husband, a bottle of wine or two and dinner by candlelight. For added romance you place some candles around the house, on the windowsill and atop your coffee table to give the perfect setting of ambiance. You snuggle up for a relaxed (or energetic, depending on the evening and all is well in your world.

The night fades into morning and you cannot believe how relaxed you are, a full nights sleep and a day of shopping ahead before friends come for dinner. You walk downstairs and put the kettle on and skim over the remains of last nights dinner date. Then you see it, oh no! rushing over to the windowsill you see what’s left of the candles that glowed so beautifully last night. Candle wax has spilled all over the sill and dripped down the wall onto the new carpet. Checking the coffee table you discover to your horror that the same has happened there with a large wax puddle stuck to your table. Same for your dining table, dresser etc. Despair sets in with the daunting task of scraping and cleaning and removing the wretched stuff as you ask yourself how to get it off without marking your furniture or staining your carpet with cleaning fluid.

But don't despair there is an easy solution.

The simple solution

All it takes is a simple cost effective method. Instead of chipping away at the hardened wax, with a knife or other scraping utensil making even more of a mess and possibly damaging and scratching the surfaces of your furniture. A handy, mess free, cost-effective way to rid your sills of wax is far more simple than you could have imagined. No more despairing, no more tearing your hair out, no more scraping and scratching your hard surfaces.

Easy to fix

All you need is time and two common and easy to find kitchen items some paper towel and a warm iron.

You can use a kitchen towel or bath towel or a piece of linen or cotton but I find paper towel works just as well and absorbs the wax and is easy to dispose of. No washing or scrubbing the wax off the paper. Just throw it away when finished.

Step 1 Place a piece of paper towel over the wax surface, this can be done on carpet too so long as you are careful and keep the iron on warm

Step 2 Gently run the iron over the paper towel, you will notice the wax melting and being absorbed into the paper towel. You may need to iron over several times for all wax to absorb,

Step 3 Toss the paper towel, turn off the iron and for hard surfaces rub with a little alcohol like vodka or brandy to remove the stain left by the wax. You may need to repeat this step depending on how stained the surface has become.

Next time you decide to use the magic of candlelight make sure you place a candle holder large enough underneath to avoid wax spills. Or another alternative is to place a bunch of candles on a tray wide enough to catch any spills.

Decorative Tip: For a thrifty and decorative way to catch the wax use small colorful saucers which you can buy from any op-shop or $2 store. Use odd plates and colors for a trendy retro look. Placing candles inside colored glasses can also give a lovely effect.

No need to worry next time you entertain or enjoy a cosy romantic evening together your wax spill problems are solved.

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    • teaches12345 profile image

      Dianna Mendez 

      4 years ago

      I will have to try this next time I need wax removed around here. I would have thought the towel would burn, but I'll take your word on this. Thanks for the tip.

    • carter06 profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Tygher it's a real pain to get off furniture & carpets..glad you've got an idea for next time..Cheers

    • Tygher41 profile image

      Megan Carroll 

      4 years ago from Boynton Beach, FL

      I wish I would have had these tips months ago when I dripped wax all over the carpet in my old apartment. Thanks! I'll keep this in mind for next time... =)

    • carter06 profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      There is a candle for just about everything for sure Till and it helps to know how to clean up any spilled wax, especially on furniture, thanks for dropping by & voting..have a great day..cheers

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      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      In this day of everyone burning candles for everything from birthdays to making the house smell better this is the perfect hub! Great selection of topic and of course great solution to the wax problem.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

    • carter06 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Prasetio30 thank you very much for your kind comments

      & vote - very glad you found the info useful..cheers

    • prasetio30 profile image


      5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Very inspiring hub. My friend, you have great tips here. I should follow your advice. Thanks for writing and sharing with us. Voted up :-)


    • carter06 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Thanks starbright, kind of you to pop by & very nice to meet you! Cheers

    • starbright profile image

      Lucy Jones 

      5 years ago from Scandinavia

      Brilliant tips. Thanks for sharing. Voted up.

    • carter06 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      I had heard that also Susan and tried it and it works!! so great if a hot cup/plate has left a mark on a wooden table..thanks for yr visit..cheers

    • carter06 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Hi Nell, lovely to see you as always.. glad to be of some help to you removing wax lol

      & thanks kindly for your votes..have a fantastic day..cheers

    • Just Ask Susan profile image

      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Great tip! I read somewhere about using an iron to take away water stains off furniture but never knew about the candle wax.

      Voting +++, and sharing.

    • Nell Rose profile image

      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      Well who would have thought it? lol! and theres me getting ready to scrape it off! what a great idea! voted up and shared, nell

    • carter06 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Yep it does and on clothing as well, thanks for your comment sleepy log( & Aussie hubber:) much appreciated..cheers

    • carter06 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Thanks Midget, the saucer idea is pretty cute isn't it!!

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      5 years ago from Australia

      This trick works well on carpets and rugs too, just keep the iron's temperature low so you don't burn the fibres.

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      Michelle Liew 

      5 years ago from Singapore

      Hi Carter, these were some excellent tips. I love the saucer alternative. Thanks for sharing!


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