How to remove candle wax from any surface

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by Linda Cobb, Queen of Clean / Special to azfamily.com

azfamily.com

Posted on February 27, 2013 at 1:15 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 8:10 AM

PHOENIX -- Removing spilled candle wax from hard surfaces or clothes can be tricky but if you know what to do, it is easy.

Wax on hard surfaces such as tables, walls, floors etc.
Grab your blow-dryer! It’s that simple. Turn the dryer on high/hot and aim it on an angle at the wax. Use a dull straight edge such as a plastic putty knife or expired gift or credit card to gently lift as you blow the hot air at the wax. It will easily pop right off.

If there is residue remaining on furniture, dip a paper towel in a little turpentine and rub gently. Buff when done. Apply furniture polish if necessary.

Dispose of rag outside in garbage.

You can also use a product called, Wieman Wax Away. This will remove wax residue. Follow directions carefully. It is not for all surfaces.

Removing wax from tablecloths and other fabrics etc.
If the wax is on something you can put in the freezer, put it in a plastic bag and freeze it for at least 24 hours. When you take it out immediately scrape the wax off the surface. Then use Wieman Wax Away to remove any remaining wax residue prior to laundering.

Removing wax from carpet
Remove excess wax by applying a bag of ice directly on the area. Let sit until wax hardens and use a dull straight edge to pop off all the wax you can. You may need to do this several times.

Next, cover with an old, light-colored cloth (a towel works well) that you have wrung out in water. It should be damp not dripping wet. You will need to throw out the towel, so be sure it is old. Press over this with a med/hot iron staying ONLY on the cloth. If you hit the carpet with the iron it will melt! Continue turning the cloth and ironing until all the wax is absorbed.

You can use the Wieman Wax Away on carpet, too, however, don’t saturate it. Blot really well and then clean with your favorite carpet spotter or extract (my personal choice) the area.


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