How to Remove Wax from Wood

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How to Remove Wax from Wood

Candles are a beautiful accent that can add warmth to any room in your home. They can also wreak havoc on your table, wood floors, or furniture if you ever happen to knock one over. Unlike other materials, which can be cleaned up quickly and easily, the question of how to remove wax from wood is a bit more complex.

Fortunately, it can be done. Today, we’ll cover a few different methods that you can try to remove wax from wood furniture and flooring in the event of an accident. By the time you’re finished with this guide, you should feel confident in knowing how to remove wax from wood.

Thankfully, you won’t need much more than a bit of patience and a few readily available household items to get the job done in this case. The materials you’ll need will differ from method to method, so you won’t necessarily need ALL of these items. Here’s the overall list:

Method I: Best For Wood Floors and Tables

This method uses mineral spirits and steel wool to remove the wax from the wood.

How to Remove Wax from Wood

Start by cleaning the area with soap and water. Use a mop and bucket if you’re trying to remove wax from a wood floor. A rag and soap will work just fine if you’re working on a smaller area, like a table or chair. Allow the surface to dry once you’ve cleaned it.

Next, get a clean rag and apply mineral spirits to it. You’ll want to apply some serious elbow grease as you scrub the spot to lift as much of it from the wood as possible. Repeat this process for however long it takes to remove the wax.

If there’s still wax residue left when you’re finished scrubbing, use fine steel wool to scrub the spot further until all the wax residue has been removed.

Method II: Alternative For Wood Floors and Tables

This method requires hardly any tools and materials and is particularly effective at removing candle wax from finished furniture and wood floors.

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