How to Clean Wax Off Marble

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Wax stains create a greasy, sticky mess.
Wax stains create a greasy, sticky mess. (Image: sealing wax image by TAlex from Fotolia.com)

Wax candles add beauty and warmth wherever they are placed. If someone bumps into a wax candle, you may end up with liquefied wax spilled on your marble surface. Use caution and care when removing wax from marble. With supplies found in your home, you can carefully remove wax stains and restore your marble surface to its pre-stained condition.

Things You'll Need

  • Hair dryer
  • Clean towels
  • Used dryer sheet
  • Dishwashing detergent
  • Water
  • Bucket
  • Sponge

Aim a hair dryer at dry, hardened wax stains, using the low or medium setting. Melt the wax completely with the hair dryer.

Melt wax with a hair dryer.
Melt wax with a hair dryer. (Image: 1950s hair blow dryer image by Scott Williams from Fotolia.com)

Remove the liquefied wax from the marble surface by wiping it up with clean towels. Use a fresh towel when the first one is covered in wax and continue to wipe until you have removed everything but the greasy residue.

Absorbent towels wick up liquid.
Absorbent towels wick up liquid. (Image: towels image by Ekaterina Lozanova from Fotolia.com)

Rub the area with a used dryer sheet to buff away any last trace of waxy residue or shine.

Fill a bucket with warm water and add a few drops of dishwashing liquid.

Mix a cleaning solution in a bucket.
Mix a cleaning solution in a bucket. (Image: bucket image by Aleksandr Ugorenkov from Fotolia.com)

Wipe the marble surface down with a clean cloth dampened in the soapy solution.

Rinse the area with a sponge soaked in cool water, then dry the area with a clean towel.

Sponges clean a variety of surfaces gently.
Sponges clean a variety of surfaces gently. (Image: sponge image by Leonid Nyshko from Fotolia.com)

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