Removal of Wax From Silver Candlesticks


Silver candlesticks and candles add a classic and decorative touch to your dining room table or fireplace mantle. When the candle has finished burning, you may find candle wax stuck inside the silver candlesticks or dripped on the outside. Keeping your silver candlesticks clean is important to both the appearance of your silver candlesticks as well as maintaining the finish. Use supplies at home to remove wax from your silver candlesticks and maintain their shiny, clean appearance.

Things You'll Need

  • Bucket
  • Clean cloths
  • White vinegar
  • Silver polish
  • Spoon
  • Fill a bucket with water that's hot, but not scalding. Set your silver candlesticks into the bucket of hot water and allow them to soak and soften the candle wax for five to 10 minutes.

  • Remove the silver candlesticks from the bucket of hot water. If any candle wax remains, place the candlesticks back in the hot water. Dry the silver candlesticks with a clean cloth.

  • Pour white vinegar onto a clean cloth until the cloth is wet. Wipe the surface and inside, where the base of the candle sits, with the vinegar-dampened cloth. Vinegar removes the greasy residue left on your silver candlesticks by the candle wax.

  • Dry the candlesticks with a clean, dry cloth.

  • Place a dime-sized amount of silver polish onto a clean cloth. Rub the silver polish into the surface of your silver candlesticks to clean and protect the finish.

Tips & Warnings

  • If candle wax is stuck in the base of the candlestick only, place the candlestick in the freezer for an hour or so, then gently pry the frozen candle wax out with the tip of a spoon.
  • Supervise children around hot water and melting candle wax as both can cause burns.

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