REMOVE CANDLE CLEAN-UP HACKS AND WAXES FROM SURFACES – As seen on 3TV / Phoenix – Good Morning Arizona – Monday, December 9th, 2019 – 8:45 a.m.
First, a few tips on how to clean, burn candles, and what to do instead of blowing them out.
Use alcohol to clean candles, be it in a glass container or free-standing. Use a cotton pad dampened with alcohol, a cotton ball or a paper towel to remove and clean dust and dirt.
Make sure you shorten the wicks to half an inch so they don't smoke that much. You can use a special wick trimmer or just scissors.
Do not burn out candles. This can splash wax and cause smoking, which caused soot. Use a wick ladle that is sold where candles are sold, or an old piece of silver that you keep for this purpose. Dip the wick into the melted wax and put it back on. The candles are easier to light and don't smoke as much.
REMOVE WAX FROM GLASS, QUARTZ COUNTERS AND NON-POROUS MATERIALS
Scrape off the excess and then warm it up with a hair dryer set to MEDIUM. Wipe the wax with an old rag or paper towel when it becomes soft. Remove everything you can. Wash the area with hot soapy water to remove residue.
REMOVE WAX REMAINING FROM WOOD
Mix half a cup of white distilled vinegar and half a cup of water and rub them against the wood grain on the table with a non-abrasive cloth. Always rearrange the cloth when the wax stains and discolors. Change clothes if necessary. Rub until the wax no longer discolors the rag. If a spill contains a large amount of wax, carefully scrape it off with a blunt straight edge. Be careful not to damage the wood. The product De-Solv-It also works very well on candle wax. You can use it on wood, carpet, clothes, counters and much more.
REMOVE CANDLE WAX FROM THE CARPET
Let the wax dry completely so that you do no further damage. Place a plastic bag with ice on top to hold it in place. Scrape off excess material with a knife. Place a paper towel over the stain and run a low heat iron over the paper towel. Repeat this with new paper towels until all of the wax has been absorbed and use a carpet cleaner if necessary.
There is a great product called Weiman Wax Away ™ that helps remove residue. See some home centers and Amazon.
WAX ON CLOTHING
Let the wax dry and remove excess wax by scraping it off or freezing the garment and breaking off the frozen wax. To remove wax residue, place white paper towels (which may not have a colored pattern) on the front and back of the fabric and iron them with an iron in a low, non-steaming setting. Be careful not to leave the iron in one place for too long. Goo Gone is particularly suitable for fabrics with candle wax. Be sure to remove all excess wax before using the Goo Gone ™. Follow the directions on the label.
WAX ON NATURAL STONE LIKE TRAVERTIN
Scrape the wax. Use a spatula – preferably made of plastic – and carefully scrape off most of the wax.
Apply warmth by placing an old towel or brown paper bag and running a heated iron over the area.
If the stain is still present, buy a commercially available wax remover such as De-Solv-It or Weimans Wax Away. This works very well with candle wax. Be sure to read and follow the instructions for the surface you're working on. You can also try rubbing alcohol or acetone. Always test a product in an inconspicuous area first.