How to Clean Spilled Wax

With some basic knowledge and a bit of effort it’s possible to remove wax from almost anything.

At some point, every household experiences chaos, like when a wax warmer or candle may get knocked over and leave melted wax over the carpet, wall, and end table. There is no easy way to clean up melted wax from things but with some basic knowledge and a bit of effort you’ll be able to remove wax from just about anything.


From Wood:

If wax is spilled on wood, avoid chipping away at it as this can damage the wood’s finish. Instead, use a hairdryer on its warm setting to slowly melt the wax, and wipe it away as it liquefies.


From Carpet:

To remove wax from carpet, you can place a paper bag over the wax and set your iron to a low temperature. Then, run the iron over the bag where the wax is located. The heat from the iron will soften the wax, and the paper bag will absorb it.


From Painted Walls:

To remove wax from a surface, you can use a similar method to the fabric. Start by warming an iron to its low setting and placing several layers of paper towels over the wax. Then, work in short intervals and run the iron over the paper towels. The heat should cause the wax to transfer to the paper towels. If you’re uncomfortable using an iron, you can try using a hairdryer on its highest setting to melt the wax, and then wipe it away as it softens.


From Fabric:  

To remove wax from fabric, you can follow these steps: begin by placing the affected fabric in the freezer for around thirty minutes. If it’s not possible to freeze the fabric, use an ice cube to freeze the wax. Once the wax is frozen, take out the fabric and scrape off the wax. Then, place a paper bag over the remaining wax and use a warm iron to melt the wax, which will be absorbed by the paper bag. After this, apply some straight laundry detergent directly to the stain and wash the fabric as directed. If the wax leaves a visible stain, you can use a stain-remover on washable fabrics.


From Sink/Countertop:

To get rid of wax from a countertop or sink, use a dish scraper or a credit card to scrape off as much of the wax as possible, and dispose of it in the trash. Then, use very hot water to dissolve the remaining wax, and clean the area with a brush and dish soap.


From Hair:

I can understand how frustrating it can be to accidentally get melted wax in your hair. Here are a couple of tips that can help: If the wax is near the ends of your hair, hold it under running hot tap water. If it’s closer to the root, use some olive oil to help loosen it up, and then carefully pull out the wax.


Hard surfaces like TV, candleholders, etc.

To remove wax from a surface, start by using an ice cube to freeze the wax. Once the wax is frozen, you can begin to carefully chip away at it until it is completely removed.


And that’s all there is to it! With some basic know-how, you can effectively remove wax from almost any surface.

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