Holiday Hint...Removing Candle Wax

Real Estate Agent with EXP Realty 414-525-0563 57026-90 Broker

In this season of "making spirits bright" it is sometimes still with candles...which sometimes don't drip in designated on the holder...not to worry...while there is no instant method of removing candle wax here are some suggestions for various surfaces:

 1)  Wax "splatter" on walls

          Warm your iron on the lowest setting and run the iron over paper may also use a hair dryer as a heat source...the wax should transfer to the towel.

 2) Brick  Surfaces

   Never rub....apply ice...freeze the wax and gently scrape it with a

  butter knife. You may need an application of "Goo Gone" to finish the job and rinse with soapy water.

3) Wood Surfaces respond best using a hair dryer to soften the wax and

   wipe the excess which may have to repeated wiping the melted wax

   in between "warming treatments."  Chipping with a knife or scraping

   it may damage the finish.

 4) Carpeting Place a brown paper bag over the spilled wax and with a

    very low setting, "iron" the spot repeatedly allowing the wax to be

    absorbed by the paper.

 5)  Fabric   First put the fabric in the freezer for about half an hour.

    Scrape off the hardened cold was. Next used the paper bag methodCandles

   described above to continue extracting wax from the fabric. Apply

   Dawn liquid dish soap to any remaining stain and wash as fabric 

   directions dictate.   

  This has been another Holiday Hint in a continuing series to "make your season bright."  For  hints on preserving your Christmas tree, click here

for remedies to red wine stains,  click here

   Wishing you all the best of the season !  Sally K. & David L. Hanson, Broker Associates with EXP Realty, honored to be serving southeastern Wisconsin for all things real estate.



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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Heat it up with a blow torch and wipe it off with a wet sponge.  Works every time!

Dec 03, 2018 12:27 PM #1
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Thank you for all the great tips you shared about candle wax removal.  In CA, we are very cautions with candles and many have opted for candlelight that looks real generated with batteries.  A

Dec 03, 2018 01:48 PM #2
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Sally and David we don't light many candles, but it is good to know what to do to remove wax off different surfaces.

Dec 03, 2018 02:52 PM #3
Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Sally, wish I would have had "your hint" back a year ago.   Had red wax from a table drip onto the carpet.  I replaced the carpet.

Dec 03, 2018 04:09 PM #4
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Sally K. & David L. Hanson - some great tips for candles... just one more idea. Soy candles burn soot free.  

Dec 03, 2018 05:12 PM #5
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

I really enjoyed your "how to" post Sally K. & David L. Hanson 

Dec 03, 2018 09:23 PM #6
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Sally what a wonderful post, interestingly our candles are now the ones that are scented in glass containers.... now my  parents would have loved this post, they had drip candles everywhere:)Endre

Dec 03, 2018 11:00 PM #7
James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Sally.

I can't get away from what Jay Markanich wrote, sorry I just can't get the blow torch imagine out of my mind....

Dec 04, 2018 01:31 AM #8
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I have used my iron to remove candle wax but did not know about placing the fabric in the freezer.

Dec 04, 2018 03:39 AM #9
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Actually I have used the brown paper bag and iron trick on carpeting and it is amazing.

I'd avoid the blow torch unless you're trying to get wax off your anvil.

Dec 04, 2018 04:22 AM #10
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists

These are all terrific helpful hints Sally. I've read that dawn liquid can help with so many hard to clean surfaces.

Dec 04, 2018 04:30 AM #11
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

These are great hints and I am sure they will be appreciated by someone wondering how they will remove wax that dripped where they weren't expecting it to drip.

Dec 04, 2018 06:19 AM #12
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Sally. Great tips and more than specific. I use flameless candles today.

Dec 04, 2018 07:21 AM #13
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