You were enjoying your evening at home and decided to light some candles to create a nice atmosphere when you accidentally knocked over the candle. Either that, or the mood overwhelmed you and the candles burned themselves out entirely! The wax pools over the floor slowly and you cringe at the thought of having to clean up the mess.
Don’t panic and don’t touch the wax! That is a step you will want to avoid right from the start. The damage, for now, is done: let the wax cool and dry until it becomes a solid consistency once again. Depending on the surface where your candle wax was spilt, you will be on your way to a wax stain-free in no time by using the methods provided below on how to clean up the mess.
1. Use an iron.
If the candle wax stain is spilt over carpet, scrape away the excess wax and place a piece of cloth that you don’t mind getting dirty or throwing away afterwards on top of the stain. Turn on your iron as if you are about to iron out your clothes. Place the piece of cloth directly above the wax stain and make sure that the entire area is covered. Once the iron is heated up properly, run it over the piece of cloth like you are ironing the cloth over the carpet. By doing this, you are melting the wax once again and it will adhere to the cloth.
Allow the wax to cool a little before slowly peeling the piece of cloth off the carpet floor. You may have to wipe over the area with a moist cloth to get rid of any remaining stain that might be lingering. Tada! Now you have a clean wax-stain free carpet.
2. Use a blow dryer.
Another method you can try if you don’t own an iron is to use a blow dryer instead. Start with scraping away the excess wax again, and then apply heat with a blow dryer. Once the wax softens up and melts again, wipe off the wax with a rag as it softens. You may have to repeat this process a few times before you are able to completely remove the wax stains so your patience is important!
If wiping the wax is causing the stain to grow instead of disappear, try the cloth method mentioned in option 1. In place of the iron, use the blow dryer to heat the wax back into a sticky liquid form. From here, gently peel the cloth back from the surface and with a quick wipe with a moist cloth. You should no longer have visible wax stains present.
3. Use soap water.
If you don’t have an iron or a blow dry, try washing the area with hot, soapy water to remove the residue. You can use detergent or a bit of dish washing liquid diluted down with water to help with dislodging the wax residue.
Keep in mind that the hot water is to help melt the wax so that it is easier to lift off the surface. Using lukewarm or cold water will not work as efficiently, but be careful when handling hot water. Don’t burn yourself and always be mindful of where it spills: you do not want to cause water damage to your floor either!
On surfaces that are more delicate, you need a mild solution to remove the residue. Try mixing a solution of 1 part vinegar and 3 parts water for these surfaces. Spray or moisten the area with the solution after you have scraped off the excess wax. By allowing the solution to soften up the wax, you should be able to remove the wax stain in a matter of minutes.
You can also try using stain removers that are more of the natural variety: for instance, the Honest Company. They specialize in cleaning products that have no harsh bleach, vapors, questionable residues, or worries! Their products are non-toxic, colour safe, and skin safe.
Their cleaning products are something that is powerful in concentrated cleaning, but safely removes the toughest stains from different washable fabrics. If you are also an advocate for organic and animal cruelty free products, then the Honest Company is your one stop shop for cleaning products!
4. Freeze the wax.
Try freezing the spilt wax right away by placing a cold compress from the freezer to harden the wax. Scrape off any excess wax and place an absorbent pad under the stain (if possible).
Flush the area with a stain remover which you can purchase at your local grocery store or look online at Amazon to explore more options. Allow the area to dry and repeat the flushing process with a stain remover if the wax stain is still visible. You may have to try this method a couple of times before the stain is completely gone or you may have to leave it soaking overnight. Read the labels and method of application for whichever stain remover you choose to use.
5. Renovate the area.
Lastly, if you have tried all of the methods and none of them seems to get rid of the stains to your satisfaction, use it as a sign to get some renovations done! Whether it is replacing the carpet or laminate flooring, ripping up the area to get of the stain is going to be a guaranteed success.
Plan a visit to your local home hardware store or look online to purchase some new floor materials. This option is probably the most expensive solution to your wax stain situation, but if you were looking for a change, here it is!
The next time you light some candles to improve your mood or to wind down from the day, light it with confidence as these methods will help you clear up any stains that you may encounter from spilt wax. Depending on the surface of where the wax is spilt, choose your method of cleaning appropriately to avoid any other stains or scratches. It is best to be extra cautious of the surface that the wax stain is on as using harsh chemicals may cause burns or damages. Now feel free to light your way to a happier day without the presence of wax stains.