Getting wax out of a wall can be difficult, whether it’s crayon marks or splashed candle wax.
Most candles contain many ingredients, including natural or petroleum-based wax, aroma, and dye. Crayons contain a lot of color and wax.
The way you remove wax from walls is determined by the surface of the wall. We’ll go over how to remove wax from wallpaper, painted walls, and natural wood, among other surfaces.
You can use the same techniques and materials to remove wax from similar-surfaced furniture and floors, such as vinyl flooring and possibly carpets.
Beyond color stains that colored candle wax or crayons leaves, even clear wax splatters need removing. Wax residue interferes with paint and a wallcovering adhesive’s ability to stick to the wall.
When it comes to remove candle wax from walls, mainly painted walls, you need to be careful as you can easily damage the surface beneath.
In our guide, you can learn the best ways of how to remove candle wax from many surfaces.
By the end, it will be second nature how to get wax off wood without using commercial candle wax remover. (Learn How To Get Candle Wax Out Of Clothes)
How Do You Get Wax Off Easily?
Here you can find the best ways how to remove candle wax. Most steps here use items from around the home to deal with dried wax.
What You Need
- Thin plastic scraper or expired credit card
- Hair dryer
- White vinegar
- Baking soda
- Large bowl
- Ice cubes
- Paper towels
Remove Wax From Painted Walls
1. Soften the Wax
You can proceed if you catch candle wax while still soft. If the wax has set, soften it with a hairdryer.
Set the hair dryer to medium heat to soften the wax and keep it at least four to six inches away from the wall.
2. Remove Excess Wax
To remove the softened wax, use a very thin-edged plastic scraper, the edge of an old credit card. Try to avoid smearing the wax or gouging the wall.
3. Mix Your Cleaning Solution
In a large bowl, mix one part of hot water with three parts of white vinegar.
4. Wipe Wax Residue Away
Dip a microfiber cloth into the vinegar-water mixture. Wring out the towel until it’s barely damp, not dripping. Wipe down the wall with mild pressure, starting at the top of the wax-stained area. As the wax is transferred, keep going to a clean region of the cloth.
5. Dry Your Wall
Use a dry microfiber cloth to dry the wall.
Removing Wax from a Wood Wall
Here’s a step-by-step process of how to remove candle wax from wood wall. If you need to move your candles, make sure they have completely cooled, or you can end up with more wax on the wall.
What You Need
- Ice pack
- Plastic scraper or plastic ruler
- Cream furniture wax or baby oil
- Paper towels
- Warm water
- Put your ice cube in your plastic container or use an ice pack
- Place the ice cube against the wax-covered area for 10 – 15 minutes so the ice can harden the wax.
- Once you harden the wax, use a plastic scraper or the edge of your plastic ruler to scrape the waxy residue off the wood.
- Repeat the process until all the wax is removed.
- Clean away the excess wax residue with paper towels dipped in cream furniture wax or baby oil.
- Start removing wax from the area using a clean cloth and warm water.
- Finally, use another dry clean cloth to dry your wood surface area of the remaining wax stain.
How to Get Wax off Wallpaper?
When you want to get wax off wallpaper, it takes extra care not to damage the wallpaper.
Should your stain be minimal, using a blunt object such as a plastic scraper or credit card may be possible? Although, if the stain is more extensive, you may need an iron with a paper bag or paper towels.
- Place your paper towels or paper bag against the stained section of the wall.
- Set your hot iron to the lowest heat setting or medium temperature at the most. Place it on the paper towel.
- Gently press the iron against the paper towel, so the wax begins to melt. Soak the hot wax into your paper.
- Continue heating to remove more wax off the painted wall surface until it is clear.
- Wipe the surface with a damp cloth and be careful not to over-wet the wallpaper.
Remove Candle Wax from Textured Wall
- Removing candle wax from a textured wall can be more challenging, yet the steps are similar, yet you use your hairdryer rather than your iron.
- Set your hairdryer to a medium setting if it has one. If not, use the highest heat setting it offers.
- Use your hairdryer on the stained area to apply heat and melt the wax.
- Use a clean, dry cloth to wipe away the melted wax.
- Use a solution of water and vinegar or soapy water to clean away any wax residue.
Remove Wax from Floors
Getting rid of body wax from a wood floor is like removing candle wax from wood walls.
Given that heat caused the candle wax to adhere to the wall in the first place, heat is one of the greatest possibilities for removing it. The methods below will show you how to remove wax off wood floors. (Learn How To Apply Minwax Polyurethane)
Removing Candle Wax from floors with heat
- Hot water
- White vinegar
- Set the hairdryer at medium heat and point it at the hardened wax spots.
- Turn the blow dryer on and off until the remaining wax melts.
- Wipe away the wax as it melts with a dry cloth.
- Make a DIY solution of one part vinegar and three parts water in a small bowl.
- After you’ve removed the wax, clean the floor using a clean cloth and your cleaning solution to remove the remaining residue.
You’ll discover this is effective at removing wax residue without causing damage to the floor.
Quickest Way to Clean Wax Off a Floor
The quickest way to remove wax off a floor is with hot water and patience. You can also use this method to remove wax off linoleum counter-tops and other hard surfaces and clean grime off walls. (Learn How To Clean Pewter)
- To remove wax from your floor, use a butter knife to gently scrape as much wax away from the wall as possible.
- Continue to remove wax until you’ve almost reached the floor’s surface.
- Using the hottest water, you can stand, wet a cloth.
- Protect your hands from the heat by wearing gloves.
- Rub the wax stain with the cloth until it disappears, then wipe the area with a mild soap and water solution.
- Using a clean cloth, dry the spot.
- Set your iron to medium and cover the leftover wax residue with several paper towels.
- Place it on the paper for a few seconds to absorb any lingering wax stain.
- Lift the paper off the floor and repeat with fresh paper towels.
- To remove any remaining wax residue, soak some paper towels in rubbing alcohol.