How to Clean Candle Wax

Things You'll Need

  • Clothes iron or hair dryer

  • Paper towels or brown paper bag

  • Credit card

  • All-purpose cleaner, wood cleaner, or fabric/carpet cleaner

  • Sponge

  • Cotton balls

  • Rubbing alcohol

Clean candles or candle wax from surfaces as soon as the need arises.

Candles are aesthetically pleasing and they provide soft light for a room. In today's era of energy conservation, using candles as a light source is a viable energy-efficient choice. Often candle wax splashes, drips or spills onto surfaces such as carpets or counters and must be removed. And candles need periodic cleaning to remain fresh looking. Remove candle wax from surfaces as soon as possible after it spills and clean candles as soon as you notice the need for revitalization.

Cleaning Candle Wax From Surfaces

Step 1

Use the edge of a credit card to scrape away as much dried candle wax as possible.

Step 2

Place three or four stacked paper towels or a brown paper bag on top of the spilled, dried candle wax.

Step 3

Set a clothes iron or hair dryer on a low setting. Put the iron on top of the paper towels or bag, or use a hair dryer to heat the surface of the towels or bag by waving it in a back and forth motion about three inches from the towels or bag. According to the Mrs. Clean USA website, the wax will melt and liquefy and the paper towels or bag will absorb the melting wax.

Step 4

Lift the bag or towels to check your progress. The paper of the bag or towels will be spotted with grease stains produced by the melting wax. Dab the melting wax from the surface of the object or floor. Change the paper towels or bag if needed so the wax will continue to be absorbed.

Step 5

Clean wax residue off laminate or coated surfaces with an all-purpose cleaner and sponge once wax is removed. Clean wood surfaces with a wood cleaner and sponge, and carpet or fabric with the appropriate carpet or fabric cleaner once the wax has been cleaned from the surface.

Cleaning Candles

Step 1

Saturate cotton balls with rubbing alcohol.

Step 2

Rub the surface of the candle gently in a back and forth motion with the alcohol-saturated cotton balls. According to Refinish Furniture website, in the article, "Clean Candles and Remove Candle Wax From Furniture", alcohol will dissolve and clean grime and dust gathered on the candle wax.

Step 3

Use a fresh cotton ball and alcohol if necessary. Use caution when cleaning colored wax candles, as scrubbing too hard may remove the color in the wax. Allow the candle to air dry.


According to Cajun Candles website, in the article, “How to Clean Up Candle Wax”, always test hot clothes irons on an inconspicuous area of carpet or upholstery before using the iron to clean candle wax. If in doubt, use a hair dryer as this is an indirect source of heat that will not melt the carpet or fabric fibers.

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