How to clean up a waxtastrophe

Whether you use candles and tarts on a daily basis or only break them out every now and then, there is always the possibility of a waxtastrophe – wax ending up some place where it’s just not supposed to be. We’ve had our share of waxtastrophes here at Candlefind, so we wanted to share with you some of our tips and tricks.

How you approach your waxtastrophe will depend just on where the hot wax landed.

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Getting wax out of carpet

If your wax has ended up on your carpet, don’t panic. Just follow these steps –

  1. Allow the wax to cool completely.
  2. Gather up white paper towels. Place them directly over the spill.
  3. Plug in your iron and heat it up on the LOW setting.
  4. Iron directly over the paper towels, changing paper towels frequently. The wax will melt and be absorbed up into the towels. Depending on the size of the spill (and the color of the wax), it may take several passes to get the area clean.

Getting wax out of clothing

Did wax splatter on your favorite shirt? Here’s what you can do:

  1. Allow the wax to cool completely.
  2. Fold the item and place it into the freezer. Leave it in only long enough for the wax to become brittle.
  3. Take the item out of the freezer and chip off the cold, brittle pieces of wax.
  4. Now place the item between layers of paper towels.
  5. Using your iron on the LOW setting, iron directly on the paper towels to draw away any remaining wax. Change paper towels frequently.

Getting wax off of electronics

Electronics can be very expensive. We don’t want wax ruining these items! Here’s what to do:

  1. Allow the wax to cool completely.
  2. Use the edge of a credit card (or something similar) to gently pry off large chunks that have hardened.
  3. Now that you have lessened the damage, bring out a hairdryer. Use a medium-high setting to heat up the wax. It shouldn’t take much heat.
  4. As the wax softens, use a paper towel to wipe it off the item.

Getting wax off furniture

Wax on your coffee table? Follow these steps:

  1. Allow the wax to cool completely.
  2. If the furniture is upholstered, follow the same steps as for carpet (see above).
  3. If the furniture is not upholstered, use the edge of a credit card (or something similar) to gently pry off large chunks that have hardened.
  4. Take a cloth and dampen it with hot water. Use it to remove wax residue. Or take the hair dryer and use it on the medium-high setting to heat up the wax. Once the wax warms, take a paper towel and wipe up the wax.

Have you ever had a waxtastrophe? What are your tips & tricks?

Happy candle burning ~


Author: Andrea

Andrea is the voice behind Candle Scoop. She is a long-standing member of Candlefind and loves all things scented. While she enjoys scents across the spectrum, she is a die-hard bakery and fresh-scent fan. She enjoys rooting out bargains and candle discounts, but she won't hesitate to pamper herself with a luxury brand. When not writing or talking about candles, she enjoys spectator sports and playing with her pups. Andrea would love to hear from you, so don't hesitate to contact!

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  1. Thank goodness I have never had a waxtastrophe before. On occasion was spills on my coffee table and I use a credit card to scrape off the wax.

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    • I’ve had more than my fair share, unfortunately. I like the credit card scraping idea.

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