Tips to Remove Candle Wax from Hardwood

May 27, 2020

Everyone loves candles, but when the hot wax accidentally drops on your hardwood floors, we all panic. We are here to tell you there is no need to stress, there are actually several ways that you can remove it. Allow the wax to dry and resist the temptation to clean it up immediately. Once it has dried, you can clean it up properly and avoid damaging your hardwood floors.

You can follow any of these two techniques to remove wax from your hardwood floors. After removal, follow up with a proper buff or polish to ensure that your floor shines again.

What You Need:

  • Ice cubes
  • Plastic card or plastic razor blade
  • Hairdryer
  • Wood furniture Wax
  • Cotton cloth
  • Remove the Wax With Ice Technique

Step 1: Use the ice cubes to harden the wax. This makes removing the wax much easier with minimal scraping. Put the ice cubes on the wax for at least 30 seconds, even if the wax has already hardened.

Step 2: Use a plastic card or a plastic razor blade to remove the frozen wax drippings. You can easily poke at the edges until they completely loosen and come off. Re-do step one if you find that the wax is not easily popping off.

You should avoid scraping the surface of your hardwood floors as it could lead to permanent scratches on your hardwood floors.

Step 3: Wipe the area with a clean cloth, and make sure you get any water that melted from the ice cubes. If some wax remains, clean the area with wood furniture wax to buff it out. We know it may seem weird to clean up wax by applying more wax, but furniture wax is made to help buff out imperfections and protect the wood flooring. Make sure your buff covers a wide area, which makes it look as though you were cleaning a wider area instead of only spot cleaning.

Remove Wax With Heat

Step 1: For this technique, use a hairdryer on medium heat, and direct it at the wax droppings. The heat softens the wax and makes it much easier to remove.

Step 2: When the wax has softened, use a plastic credit card or a razor blade to pop it off your floor.

Step 3: If there is still some wax, finish up the cleaning process by applying wood furniture wax in order to buff and cleanse the area.

For your hardwood flooring needs, there is no better place than Milton Hardwood. Our team of experienced and knowledgeable installers make sure you get a seamless installation and a floor you can enjoy for many years.