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How To Remove Candle Wax From Wood Floors?

03 May 2012 |    |    |    Leave a Comment

If you’re searching for a way to remove candle wax from wood floors, you’re more than likely in a situation whereby candle wax has accidentally dropped on your wooden floor and you’ve already done what you can to remove it but are not overly pleased with the result.  No matter which method of removing candle wax from your wooden floor you used at the outset, either of these methods should work for you.

The first method involves the re-heating of the wax in order to remove it.  The most effective and gentlest way of doing this is to use a hairdryer or warm iron to gradually bring the candle wax back to its liquid form.  If you are using a hairdryer, it’s a simple case of applying enough heat until you can see the candle wax becoming liquid again.  If you are using an iron, you’ll need a brown paper bag and a dry iron, set on low.  Simply iron lightly over the brown paper bag (which you placed over the candle wax stain) and allow the bag to draw up the wax.  If the candle wax stain is extensive, you may need more than one piece of paper to soak it all up.  If you use the hairdryer method of heating the candle wax, once you have the wax back to a liquid consistency, it’s a case of blotting it up until it has been completely removed (a number of people suggest ladies tights or stockings or a gentle nylon scourer as the most effective tools to do this job).

The second method of removing candle wax from wood floors is to chill it and then remove it.   What you need to be careful with when adopting this method of removing candle wax from your wood floor is that you don’t scratch the floor.  In order to chill down the wax, apply ice in a freezer bag to the patch of floor which has been stained by candle wax.  Once the ice is in contact with the candle wax, it will cause it to harden and become brittle.  When the candle wax is hard and brittle, you should be able to chip it away from your floor.  Remember to work gently in order to avoid causing damage.

If you do find that the surface of your floor has become slightly damaged after the removal of the candle wax, you may find that you have to re-sand, re-stain and finish that small part of your wood floor.

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