How to Remove Candle Wax Stains

How to Remove Candle Wax Stains. Candles are not just great for mood lighting; they are also one of the most popular decorative and aromatic accents for the home. Unfortunately, no matter how careful you may be about burning candles, accidents can happen.

No need to fret, though, if hot candle wax drips on your carpet, fabric furniture or clothes--just try these easy removal tips.

  1. Scrape off as much wax as possible. Use a blunt knife, the edge of a spoon or your fingernails.

  2. Heat a flatiron to medium setting.

  3. Lay a piece of absorbent paper (brown paper or paper towel) on the wax stain.

  4. Slide the warm iron over the paper. The heat will melt the wax and transfer it onto the paper.

  5. Shift the paper a few inches and press the iron again to pick up more wax. Repeat until all the wax is absorbed. Use a fresh piece of paper if necessary.

  6. If colored candle wax left a stain on fabric, hold a piece of absorbent white paper or cotton pad behind the stain and dab the area with denatured alcohol. Remember to first test the alcohol's effect on an inconspicuous area of the fabric.

  7. If colored wax left a stain on carpet, try removing it with denatured alcohol. If the stain persists, ask your carpet provider about the best stain remover for your type of carpet.

  8. Tip

    If removing wax from fabric, use two pieces of absorbent paper to sandwich the fabric while ironing. To remove candle wax spills from wood floors, harden the wax with an ice cube, and then scrape off with a blunt knife or scraper. Follow up with a floor polish and buff to shine.