How to Get Candle Wax off Wood

Want to learn how to get candle wax off wood? Fortunately, this article is specially written for individuals who want to learn the proper way of getting rid of candle wax off the wood. If you search on the Internet today, you can find many steps or guidelines on how to effectively do this, but the problem is, not all these steps are safe.

It is essential that you are able to successfully get rid of candle wax off from your wood item or furniture without damaging it. This is why it is recommended that you conduct online research first start getting rid of candle wax.

Getting rid of wax from a wood surface can be quite tricky, especially if the wood has pores or groves where the wax can soak into. For this reason, it is essential that you gather certain materials first before you begin. These materials are easy to find and at the same time very affordable.


  • Dull knife or used spoon
  • Ice cubes
  • Iron
  • Soft and clean cloths
  • Hair blower or dryer
  • Brown paper bags
  • White vinegar
  • Furniture polish
  • Water


1) Gather all your materials

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Before you start getting rid of candle wax from wood, it is essential that you gather all your materials first. Make sure that everything is ready before you proceed. Preparing your materials can make your work more efficient and successful. Another advantage of preparing your materials is that you will be able to save a lot of time.

2) Place ice cubes in a plastic bag

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Check if the wax is still soft. If it is still soft, then it is time for you to place the ice cubes from the plastic bag and then let it sit on top of the wax. What we are doing here is that we are hardening the wax. Keep in mind that the harder the candle wax is, the easier it is for us to remove it from the wood surface.

3) Scrape the candle wax

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Once the candle wax has hardened, then the next thing that you need to do is to get a spoon or dull knife and the scrape the candle wax off of the wood surface. If you the wax begins to soften again, then you need to apply the ice cubes. Again, the goal is to make sure that the wax gets cold and brittle for us to easily remove it from the wood surface.

4) Use an iron

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Now, if you are trying to remove candle wax from the wood’s grooves, then we want the wax to be melted and not hardened. This is where we need to get our iron. It is important that the iron is preheated on a low setting – make sure that there is no steam.

It is essential that you also cover the area (where there is wax) with a brown paper bag. The next thing that you need to do is to set the iron on top of the paper bag for 10 seconds.

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5) Check your work

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After you’ve placed the iron on top of the paper bags for 10 seconds, the next thing that you need to do is to remove it. Check whether or not the candle wax has transferred from the wood surface to the paper bag.

6) Wipe out the remaining candle wax

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You can always repeat the instruction above several times until all candle wax is completely removed from the wood surface. Use a soft cloth when wiping out remaining candle wax.

7) Use a hairdryer

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Aside from using iron, you can also use a blow dryer, make sure that you blow the candle wax 3 to 4 inches away from the wood surface.

8) Use water and vinegar

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Using ½ cup of white vinegar and a cup of water is also effective in getting rid of candle wax off the wood.


It is essential that you know how to handle iron or blow dryer. These things can be very hot and can cause injury. You have to be very careful when using these items.

Also, you need to make sure that you don’t harm the quality or the appearance of your wood item or furniture when getting rid of candle wax. Don’t rush things and make sure that you do it slowly but surely.

  • January 5, 2019
  • DIY