How to Remove Wax from Furniture
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 mood..lol) 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.