How to Get Rid of Candle Wax
Candles have been used in so many ways. You can use it for decoration purposes, for additional scent for birthdays and many more. Almost every holiday or even just a small gathering, candles have been used to set the mood or add a bit festivity to the place. Today, candles are not just the white and unscented regular form. It has evolved into many shapes—star, rectangular, square, etc. It also comes with a different set of scents—lavender, vanilla, cherry and many more.
However, you have to be careful with the candle wax drippings. Whether it is wood, cloth, carpets or glass, there is a certain feeling of discomfort that the wax stain might not come off. Not to worry too much as there are simple tips and remedies to help you remove them fast. Here are some of them:
This includes different such as tablecloths, napkins or even you shirt. The very first and immediate thing that you have to do is to apply ice directly to the wax dripping/s. The cold temperature of the ice will make the hard dripping brittle—allowing you to scrape it off easily. Use thin objects like credit cards, laminated ids or the thin tip of a butter knife. Gently scrape away as much wax as you can. Remember to never force as this may damage the cloth. Just simply apply ice again and scrape again. After that, you will need 2 pieces of paper bags and your iron. Just put one paper bag underneath cloth and the second bag on top of the cloth. With the iron set to medium or medium high (depends on the fabric), gently iron the area until all the dried wax transfer to the paper bag. Just repeat the process using another paper bag until all the wax is removed.
This goes out to wooden furniture, wooden floor and the like. Just the same, apply ice immediately to the wax drippings until they go brittle. Using a thin object like credit cards or any laminated ids, gently scrape off the wax. If you’ll notice some waxy residue, get a clean and smooth cloth and apply a little furniture or floor wax to the area. Rub gently until everything is removed.
Carpets and upholstery
By any chance that some wax dripping landed on your carpets, rugs or upholstery, just use the same trick. Freeze the drippings with an ice cube or you can use a commercial products specifically designed to freeze on carpets and the like. If you see that the wax is already frozen, shatter the wax immediately with a blunt object. Afterwards, immediately pick up the pieces or better yet, vacuum the pieces of wax from the area. Remember that this happens fast: from the freezing to the shattering and the vacuum. This is because when you wait too long, the wax will soften again. If that happens, just apply ice again.
If the candle wax has made its way to the walls, there are a few things that you can do in order to get rid of it. First, make sure that you heat the wax with a hairdryer. Once the wax has been heated, simply scrape it away with either a credit card or even a dull knife to get rid of the wax completely.
Candle wax is often found in the candle holder. If you want to make your candle holder look like new again, just simply place the candle holder in the freezer overnight and take it out the next morning. By doing this, the wax should be nice and hard and you should be able to snap it right out.