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Tips and Advice on Candlewax Removal

Dripping Candle Wax: The best way to get rid of candle wax stains is not to get them there in the first place, there are a few simple ways to avoid them -

Candlewax Comment I thought 'placing a paper bag on the floor and ironing it??!! U must be insane' I couldn't put my mind around how it would work, but the candle wax is gone!! - It actually works don't be afraid to do it!! -- tinuodunsi

1. Buy better candles, cheap candles have lots of additives in them that cause them to stain worse, try a candle that is nothing but paraffin wax, scent, color, and stearic acid (the acid helps the candle wax burn away so there is little to no dripping.) 
even dripless candles drip if there is a draft near where they are burning, make sure they are not near any open windows, fans, or heater vents. 
3. make sure that the candle holder is big enough to hold any spillovers. 
never blow out your candles, use a snuffer, if you don't have one a shot glass or juice glass over the wick until the flame is out works great. and 
5. if you have just put a candle out don't move it until the wax has solidified again. -- niki nance

Red Wax Stain in carpet: I have the answer and it takes less than 5 minutes. No hot irons required. If you have a small shampooer, boil water in a kettle and pour it directly on the wax. Suck it up immediately. I did this on a white wool rug and was amazed to see the wax and the colour disappear totally. Lynne L. Lowe Cambridge, Ontario Canada

Candlewax Removal. I got candle wax on my windows when my husband blew out the candles at christmas, tried everything until a friend told me to use WD40, it worked like a dream. I am going to use an iron and some newspaper now to get some more out of the carpet!! -- Ann 03/03/09

Candle Wax Removal -- If there is a puddle of wax to remove, aim a blow dryer set at its highest level to melt the wax, then dab it up with a paper towel as it melts. Stubborn little drops embedded in a carpet can be removed quickly by dabbing them with dry cleaning spirit which has been soaked into a paper towel.~ Lee -- Lee Wennerberg" 30/11/08

Note use solvent resistant gloves - Ed

Candle Wax   I recently saw a submission saying there is no way to get out candle wax... Not true... Its easy... Just use a cloth or brown paper bag... And iron over the stain... The candle wax will then transfer to the cloth or bag... Just make sure to keep the iron in motion so as not to catch the bag on fire... In college... A candle melted all over our new carpet... And this trick worked like a dream! --  Amy Gehrt

Red Candle Wax Stain. Some red candles dripped on my crocheted table cloth and this is what I did... The hot iron trick took the wax off but left the red dye, This is how I got it out... A while ago I discovered OXI CLEAN in a powder form. After rubbing the stain with some stuff called Zout let that sit for a while I soaked it in Oxi It took 3 times of pre-soaking it in my wash machine pre-soak cycle using as hot of water it could take, but it is all out. I think if I would have let it soak over night it would have been gone by morning. I have used this Oxi Clean on several difficult stains and it has worked every time. -- Nancy Yaeger   

Candle Wax Removal. Type on aol -- Anon 5 Jul 2002

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Candles and Drains.  Try putting your cheaper candles in water just deep enough to cover them, add 2 teaspoons of salt and soak. This is suppose to cut down on the amount of dripping. I haven't tried it yet, but will when I bring the Christmas decorations out. This will eliminate tossing out all of the cheapies you already have on hand. If anyone has a leaky faucet that drips rusty water, purchase a cheap screen-type strainer for tea (the one I bought had a handle on it, but that's OK) and place it directly under the faucet and over the drain. The water will be directed into the strainer and down the drain instead of splashing the sink or bathtub sides. Discard the strainer when you have time to repair the faucet and you'll have a cleaner sink or tub, as well.  E. Knack --  

Candle Wax Removal -- Most carpets are made of nylon and heat melts nylon and other fibers. Believe me I used an electric iron and cloth ---melted my inlayed carpet in the kitchen. I purchased "GOOF OFF" which acts like WD40 . But have not needed it yet. Chaz --  29 Dec 2001

Burned Berber. I have a friend who tried the iron and paper towel method of wax removal from her Berber carpet who ended up with burn marks from the iron along with the red wax stain so use caution if you attempt this method of wax removal. --"Sheila DeMarco" 17 Feb 2002

Candle Wax Removal. After some experimenting, I found setting the hot iron on the steam setting and holding it just above the carpet to preheat the stain prior to placing on the paper towel seems to offer better results. (Please with-hold email address) Dr. Bane 02 Dec 2002

Candle Wax I recently saw a submission saying there is no way to get out candle wax... Not true... Its easy... Just use a cloth or brown paper bag... And iron over the stain... The candle wax will then transfer to the cloth or bag... Just make sure to keep the iron in motion so as not to catch the bag on fire... In college... A candle melted all over our new carpet... And this trick worked like a dream! -- Amy Gehrt

Candle wax removal, To anyone interested: After reading about using an iron to get candle wax out of carpet, I had to give it a shot. I had a puddle of green wax, about 4x4 inches, and soaked into beige carpet. I laid a very absorbent (Scott brand) paper towel down over the stain area. I set my iron to it's highest setting, and without touching the paper towel, hovered the iron less than an inch away and steamed through the paper towel. Using a putty knife, I pressed the paper towel against the stain, and it would soak it up. I repeated this process MANY times until eventually all of the wax was soaked into the paper towel, and there I had my carpet back to normal! Hope this helps answer.. Yes, the iron trick works! - John Darst -  1 Sep 2002 

How to Remove Candle Wax I spilt a SERIOUS amount of candle wax on the carpet of my apartment. I would've had to pay hundreds of dollars to replace it until I heard about a great tool. Putting a brown paper bag (a Burger King bag will work!) over the wax spill after it's dried and ironing on top of it WORKS LIKE A CHARM almost instantaneously. It removed every drop of wax and saved me a ton of money. Works Every time! -- "Elizabeth Hartwick" 1 Jan 2003

Ref.0640 Hi! After seeing suggestions re ironing over a candle wax stain with paper bag in between: It worked! It took lots of red candle wax off my good black velvet dress, instantly, leaving no trace. Now I wish I had saved all the table cloths, etc. that were "ruined" with candle wax spills. I don't see why it wouldn't work with any fabric, including berber carpets. And with care, wouldn't it also work on a table? You'd just have to be careful while wielding the iron! Bev --John and Bev Preston  28 Dec 2002

Ice Cubes. I have found that if you put some ice cubes on your wax and let it freeze or get very, very cold, the wax will just chip right off. This applies to counter tops, candle holders or anything that is not a material such as clothes, carpet, etc. -- Ryan Crystal 03/05/2005

Removing Candle Wax from Carpets. Try using a steam iron, without water. Set the iron on cotton, with newspaper laid over the candle wax. As the steam is released, the wax will soak into the newspaper. May take a few tries to get the setting right, but has worked for a friend of mine. David -- dwm Feb 19 2007

Wax on Carpet. Try Using Butane Gas like the type u fill lighters with spray it on to the wax and it will become cold and brittle and easy to break up and remove. Tom & Julie Mackley -- Sep 23 2006

I know that candle wax can be dissolved in carbon tetrachloride, however it is toxic and should not be used indoors, methyl alcohol is also supposed to dissolve wax so perhaps rubbing alcohol will work.-- Davina Martin

Has anyone tried "Dabitoff"? it is dry cleaning fluid and can be used for a whole host of similar stains.

An Ice cube applied to the wax will make it brittle and it can be broken up easier (like chewing gum).

A helpful reader has suggested that dry cleaning fluid should dissolve candle wax. "Dabitoff" is the proprietary name for a suitable domestic cleaning product--

Wax Down Drain. Regarding the question with the heading "Candle Wax Clogged Drain of wash basin in bath."

We had this problem last night, and looked at your site for suggestions. The solution you recommended was mechanical removal, but the wax was too far down for us to do that without taking apart the drain.

What we did was boil a huge pot full of water, then dump the scalding water down the drain. It drained very slowly at first (as before), but by the time we had poured the whole pot down the drain had completely cleared (presumably by melting the wax). We continued to flush with hot tap water for a while, to make sure the wax didn't collect elsewhere in the system.

Thanks for collecting answers on your site! -- Jonathan Aldrich 2 Sep 2002

How to remove Candle Wax from Glass Votive Containers
Method #1:
Place the glass candle holder in the freezer for a few hours (2-3 hrs at least) then take them out and use a butter knife and "pop" out the old wax. Works for me every time. Then if you want to, wash the holders in really hot soapy water to clean and re-use them again. -- ITSRISS

Method #2: How to remove Candlewax from glass votive containers A chandler's tip (used to clean equipment)...

1.Take a disposable aluminum pie tin that does not contain any holes (check for holes by first filling with water, then dry out THOROUGHLY before proceeding to the next step).

2. Preheat your oven to 175-200 degrees. No hotter, as wax is flammable at high temps!

3. Place the aluminum pie tin inside a deep, glass baking dish to catch any possible wax spills. (You do not want to spill any wax inside your oven when using this technique, as it will smoke and catch fire later at higher temps).

4. Place your votive containers upside down inside aluminum pie tin, so that as wax melts, it will drain into the pie tin.

5. Place in oven, and check every 20 minutes. When wax has liquified and drained into pie tin, remove from oven.

6. Glasses will be hot! Pick up with a paper towel to prevent burned fingers, and wipe glass thoroughly with paper towels to absorb any residue wax. If wax has spilled into glass baking dish, wipe with paper towels while it is still hot.

7. If wax has been removed, but a light waxy film remains, wash votive glasses in hot water or run through dishwasher. 

8. Let wax cool and solidify inside pie tin. When completely cool, throw away. The best tip of all is a preventative one. Spray a light coating of vegetable cooking spray inside votive glasses before inserting votive candles. Melted candles will slide out easily later! -- Fawn Martin Rubedo Candles Organization: Rubedo Candles --  14 Sep 2002

Method #3: If you put water in the glass then it is possible to SLOWLY heat it up in a microwave oven to a temperature that would soften or perhaps even melt the wax. If there is gold patterning on the glass do not microwave. -- Patience ChanHong Kong

Method #4: Dry Cleaning fluid, if you can get it, dissolves candle wax.

Method #5: Candle Wax in Votive Cups Hope you were able to get the wax out of your votive cups. A prevention hint--next time put a small amount of water in the bottom of the votive cup and then place the candle in it. The water will keep the wax from sticking and the candle remains will come out easily. -- Annette Robertson

Method #6: Removing Candle Wax From Glass Holder In answer to cleaning candle wax out of Glass Votive cups or any glass candle holder. If you heat water ( in the tap if it gets hot enough ) to just before boiling you can A: set the container in the water and put a little in the holder. Take the container out of the water ( carefully the water WILL burn you) the melted candle wax will slide right out. Do not let water in holder cool down, dump water out of it before attempting to slide out wax. -- hotmarinesgirl

Method #7: Wax Rremoval from Votive. Found easier way, prior to use, so thought I'd let you know! Place Dawn, Joy, etc, in bottom of votive, prior to use. Afterwards left over wax just pops out and you can wash votive in dishwasher. Hope this helps! Leah --Leah Barwick. Oct 15 2007 Thank you, this site is great!

Candle wax can be dissolved in carbon tetrachloride, ("Dabitoff") however it is toxic and should not be used indoors unless there is very good ventilation. Placing a garment in the freezer or applying ice can make the wax brittle and it can then be broken up.

One way to get rid of this it to get a cloth, place it on the wax, put the hot iron on top of it, wait till it melts, remove the iron, wait till its cool again and lift the cloth off. It should remove most of the wax.

To remove candle wax from clothing: place a paper towel over the wax then place a warm iron on the paper towel - this melts the wax which gets soaked into the towel....voila! -

Wax on carpets my son tried the paper towel and iron trick to remove wax from his carpet and thank you it worked great...just lay paper towel over the wax and place warm iron on the paper towel repeat until the wax is gone ...... thank you -- KissBoobyBaby  

If you will lay a brown paper bag over the garment before you iron over it then keep moving the bag around it will absorb the wax -- Magand

Removing Candle Wax from a Wall. Try holding a steam iron a few inches from the wall with wax and shoot the steam on the wall (don't touch the iron to the wall). As the was starts to melt, wipe it with a towel; continue the process until all the wax is removed,. This worked for me -- Foggy

Wax in Carpet. In the event you haven't gotten a response to your question about getting the wax out of the carpet... i have the perfect solution for you ... or if you have already moved here is some helpful advice for the future.... lay down newspaper over the wax take a hot iron over the top of the newspaper and the wax will melt right into the paper.... same idea works for carmel and those icky fillings that come in valentines candys except don't use the newspaper use a wet towel... otherwise you'll just end up with newspaper and candy stuck to your carpet... hope i could help.-- Brandie W.

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