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After Christmas Cleanup: How To Remove Candle Wax From Any Surface

The magic glow of candles always creates a festive atmosphere during the holidays along with those Christmas carols and giggles. Yes, every Christmas décor has its own magic in creating the most perfect and coziest ambience. It’s only a month until Christmas and I can feel its joy and magic wrapping up my soul. I can’t wait to wrap up those Christmas presents and place them under the Christmas tree.

But, the seasonal glow and zen mood can fade quickly when you’re faced by the after-math: a house to clean up, especially that melted candle wax that dripped on your leather sofa, carpet or wooden floor.

Let’s rewind to December last year when we hosted the Christmas dinner and had all family invited. Remember the American sitcom Full House? Well, it was pretty much like that and we enjoyed each other’s company every single second. Even the after cleaning was enjoyable because we worked together as a team and came with solutions for every stain, including the melted wax from the walls (because my nephew accidentally hit the wax warmer) wooden floor, carpet and leather sofa. It was a wax blast-off!

So, in order to clean the wax mess-up, we used the following methods which worked like a wax eraser.

Remove Wax On Wooden Surface

Needed Materials:

  • Blow dryer, white vinegar, water, white cloth, and furniture polish.

How to Clean:

  • Soften dried wax with a blow dryer on medium heat. (Safety tip: Keep the blow dryer 3 to 4 inches away from the table and from your face too).
  • After it melts, blot the softened wax with a soft white cloth.
  • Pour some white vinegar over the remaining wax and wipe it with a cloth.
  • In case the polish dulls out because of vinegar usage, use the furniture polish to make it look like it was. And here you are done removing wax from your wooden furniture or any other wooden surface.

Remove Wax From Painted Wall

Needed Materials:

  • Hair Dryer, Water, Vinegar.

How to Clean:

  • Use the hairdryer at medium heat to melt the wax. After it melts away, wipe it off with lukewarm water. Remove the residual stain with a solution of 1/4 cup vinegar to 3/4 cup water.

Remove Wax From Carpet

Needed Materials:

  • Sharp Object, Lint-free cloth, Iron, Rubbing Alcohol, Vacuum.

How to Clean:

  • A sharp object, lint-free cloth, iron, rubbing alcohol or ethanol-based liquid.
  • Using any sharp object (not very sharp which can harm your product) scratch the hard wax.
  • Take a little wet, lint-free cloth and lay it over the wax. Iron the damp cloth with a medium temperature setting; the wax will stick to the cloth.
  • Apply rubbing alcohol to remove residue.
  • If rubbing alcohol is not available, use an ice pack to freeze the wax. Then scrap the frozen wax with a blunt object, like the handle of a kitchen utensil. Vacuum up the pieces before they soften.

Remove Wax From Leather Sofa

Needed Materials:

  • Hair Dryer, Clean Cloth, Soapy Water.

How to Clean:

  • Use the dryer to warm and melt the wax but be very careful so you don’t burn the leather. Remove the wax with a clean cloth, and then use a little wet cloth soaked in mild soapy water to remove residue and keep the leather from drying out.

Even if we don’t have Vinyl Flooring, it happens to know how to remove melted wax from it.

Needed Materials:

Ice Cubes, Plastic bag, Steel Ruler or Spoon, Vinegar, Baking Soda.

How to Clean:

  • On the spot of the wax, keep a plastic bag filled with ice cubes to harden the wax. Keep it for a few minutes. Cold treatment is used for vinyl floors because vinyl and heat aren’t that good friends.
  • Remove the hardened wax using a ruler or spoon.
  • Still, if any stain remains behind, use any multipurpose remover to wipe it out. Or you can try rubbing a paste of baking soda and vinegar over the stain to clean it. This is an efficient and cheap hack to clean the vinyl floor of any stains.
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