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How to Remove Candle Wax From a Piano Top

A silver candelabra, or even a solitary candlestick, adds an elegant touch to a piano. But let one drop of wax streak the surface of that baby grand and suddenly natural mood lighting doesn't seem like such a good idea. The first step to getting wax off the piano is to avoid panic.

Things You Will Need

  • Ice cubes
  • Resealable plastic bag
  • Clean, dry towel
  • Hair dryer
  • Paper towels
  • Furniture polish

A silver candelabra, or even a solitary candlestick, adds an elegant touch to a piano.  But let one drop of wax streak the surface of that baby grand and suddenly natural mood lighting doesn't seem like such a good idea. The first step to getting wax off the piano is to avoid panic.  Don't try to wipe off the wax the moment it spills. Instead, let the liquid wax harden and become brittle, then use simple cleaning techniques to wipe it away. 

  1. Let spilled wax cool completely and harden on the piano before touching it. Be patient. Rushing to wipe off melted wax will only smear it across the instrument and make matters worse.
  2. Place ice cubes in a resealable plastic bag and set the bag on the spilled wax. The ice will make the wax brittle.
  3. Break off the wax and remove it with your fingernails. Don't use any sharp instrument, such as a knife, which could easily scratch the lacquered surface of a piano or damage a wood finish.
  4. Wipe off wax crumbs with a towel.
  5. Set a hairdryer to high and aim it at the remaining wax, which should be at most a thin residue.
  6. Blot off the remaining wax with paper towels.
  7. Shine and buff the finish with furniture polish.

Things You Will Need

  • Ice cubes
  • Resealable plastic bag
  • Clean, dry towel
  • Hair dryer
  • Paper towels
  • Furniture polish

About the Author

James Clark began his career in 1985. He has written about electronics, appliance repair and outdoor topics for a variety of publications and websites. He has more than four years of experience in appliance and electrical repairs. Clark holds a bachelor's degree in political science.