Candles add to the style, scent, and ambiance of a space, both indoors and on the patio. But when one gets knocked over, say, on a table, how do you successfully clean the wax off the wood?
To clean wax off of varnished wood:
Scrape up as much as you can with a plastic scraper, held at only a slight angle so that you don’t score or scratch the wood. Use the brush attachment on your vacuum to pick up the loose bits of wax, or lightly brush them into a dustpan. Then spray the remaining wax with either furniture polish or apply Goo Gone or something similar (test in an inconspicuous area first) and let it sit for a few minutes. Wipe up with a soft cloth and retreat if needed.
To clean wax off of unvarnished wood:
Gently scrape up as much of the wax as possible with a plastic scraper, being careful not to score or scratch the wood. Vacuum or brush the loose bits of wax up, and then place a piece of paper (plain white or heavy brown paper; doubled-up paper toweling works too) over the remaining wax. Go over the paper with a warm iron (yes, even if you’re outside – just not near water) to transfer the wax to the paper, using new paper until the wax is gone.
** Always allow the candle wax to dry completely before trying to clean up. Don’t just wipe up the liquid wax.
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