How to Remove Candle Wax from Wood

COIT's guide on how to remove candle wax from wood

After a long day, it’s nice to sit back on the couch, kick up your feet, light a few candles and catch your breath, right? 

Life moves fast these days, so it’s nice to slow down every once in a while. Unless you slow down amidst the chaos of everyday life, you never seem to get a break!

When you burn candles at home, it’s easy to accidentally spill a bit of wax here and there. If you’re wondering how to remove wax from wood, COIT can offer a few do-it-yourself solutions.

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How to Remove Wax from Wood – Method # 1

When you’re removing wax from wood floors, follow these handy steps, in order.

  1. Start by mopping the floor with warm water. This will help clear the floor of any dirt or residue that’s sitting on the surface of your wood floors.
  2. Using mineral spirits, pour a generous amount onto the affected area. 
  3. Begin scrubbing the wood floor with a clean cloth or a clean mop. Be sure to apply vigorous pressure to the wax stain, as this will help lift the wax residue.
  4. If any wax remains, scrub the affected area with fine steel wool. 
  5. Wipe with a clean, dry cloth to finish.


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How to Remove Candle Wax from Wood – Method # 2

When you’re trying to get rid of candle drippings that make their way onto your wood floor, here’s a quick solution to try.

  1. Start by scraping away excess wax using your finger or a spoon. Be careful not to scratch the wood as you remove the wax.
  2. Set your hairdryer to medium heat and point toward the affected area of the wood floor.
  3. As the wax softens under the heat of the blow-dryer, begin to wipe away the soft wax using a clean cloth.

How to Remove Candle Wax from Wood – Method # 3

Another way to tackle wax removal when it comes to wood floors involves an ice cube.

  1. Using an ice cube, harden the wax by holding an ice cube on top of it for a minute. 
  2. Once the wax has become hard, scrape it off using a plastic ruler or a credit card of some kind. Start from one side and gradually move across the wax stain.
  3. To finish, apply cream furniture wax on top of the affected area. This will rub away any remaining residue.

Try any of these three do-it-yourself methods to tackle removing candle wax from wood in your home.

If you find that you’d like a deeper, more professional clean that doesn’t involve any effort on your part, give us a call at COIT wood floor cleaning and don't forget to checkout our coupons!

Using a 5-step, professional cleaning process that includes removing debris, scrubbing, detailed hand cleaning, a second scrub and top coat application, our expert technicians will penetrate deep within your wood floor boards to extract wax, dirt, dust and bacteria build up that accumulates over time.

Remember to always do a spot removal test on a portion of carpet or upholstery that is normally not visible. These are suggested treatments only and COIT can't be held accountable for any damage sustained by use of the treatments in this spot removal guide.

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Home remedies not working?

If you’re still battling stubborn stains after trying these home remedies, professional cleaning may be a good option to explore. Check out COIT’s Cleaning Services to learn more about the help we can offer.

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