We, once in a while, if not often, use candles in our homes. We may not prevent some candle drips that happening without our knowledge. Should you panic if your wooden floor gets stained? You do not need to.
Below are various methods on how to remove wax from wooden floor without damaging your floor.
How to remove wax from wooden floors
What materials will I require for this method?
- A spatula
- Bright lint-free cloths
- A piece of paper
- Hand towel
1. Allow the wax to settle before scraping it!
This method is easy and simple to use. However, if your wax is a bit huge, this method may not be of so much help to you. Therefore, I would recommend you try other methods below.
How am I going to get through it?
1. Wait for the wax to cool.
If the splash has just occurred, do not try to treat it immediately. You will need a bit of patience to avoid accidents. You may even burn yourself or splash the wax on a cloth hence causing more damage.
2. Use your spatula to scrape the wax off your wooden floor.
Before using the spatula, try using your hands to remove the wax. This will help you avoid lots of scraping. Remember to follow the direction of the wood grains. It will help you avoid forming ugly marks.
Remove the wax inside the wood crevices if your floor has cracks. Suppose you find it difficult to locate the grains because the wood is painted or stained; run your hand across the surface. The direction of the grains will feel smoother.
3. Scoop the wax
Once the wax accumulates, use the spatula to push it into your piece of paper. For example, assume the paper is a dustpan, and the spatula is a broom.
4. Scrape repeatedly
Scrape the floor repeatedly until all the wax is removed. Here you will need to be patient if you want a perfect job.
Get out your lint-free cloth and wipe the spot. Then, using furniture polish, work on the area until the results satisfy your eyes. Use a white or bright-colored cloth. A light-colored cloth will not leave the dye on your floor, unlike dull-colored ones.
Use hand towels to protect the surrounding area and avoid wax from splashing onto clean surfaces.
2. use an iron
Several items will be required, including:
- A spatula. Remember, a metallic spatula will scratch the wooden floor and form some marks you do not need on your precious floor.
- An iron
- A towel. Ensure you will not need to use the towel again since it soaks wax. Hence, an old rug will work best.
How will I go about doing it with iron?
1. Use your spatula to scrape off the top wax.
Do this process lightly. If you apply a lot of force, you will end up damaging your floor. Starting slowly from the top will help you get well to the bottom; hence you will know what is sticking on your floor.
2. Cover the wax with your old towel, then apply heat.
Ensure that the iron does not have too much heat nor steam. Low or medium heat will do better. Pass the iron over the towel gently without allowing it to stay in one place for too long. If the iron stays in one place for too long, it will scotch your floor.
Remember, the importance of iron is to melt the wax and help your towel to soak it with ease. If getting an iron can be tricky, an alternative can be a hair drier.
Ensure you have removed all the wax from the floor, then remove the towel
Removing all wax is important, thus polishing is required. Furniture wax can help you do the process. Heating the wax is also a better way to remove any oils present in the candle. Hence, as the towel soaks the wax, it will also soak the oils.
3. make use of a hairdryer
You will need:
- A hair drier
- A lint-free cloth
- A furniture polish
How am I going to remove it using a hairdryer?
1. Put on the hair drier; Ensure you hold the drier some inches away from the affected surface. Point the hair drier directly to the wax but ensure it is on a low setting.
2. Use your hand; The wax will begin to soften. At this point, you can use your hand to remove what you can. Then, use a lint-free cloth to wipe the surface.
Not all of the wax will come off after wiping with the cloth; use the drier to melt it and remove it completely. Wipe again using the cloth. Apply the furniture polish, then polish the area to make it look brighter.
You can use either baby oil or olive oil. However, if you are not sure, kindly stick to the furniture wax.
4. Have the wax hardened
If you don’t have an iron or a hairdryer, you can still solidify the wax and scoop it with ease.
You will need:
- A spatula
- An ice pack or ice cubes
- Furniture wax
Which processes shall I apply to solidify?
1. Place the Ice pack over the floor and allow it to sit on the floor for at least 20 minutes. We need the ice to become very solid and easy to remove.
2. Scrape the wax, and after 20 minutes, your wax will be excellent, and you will not have any difficulty trying to remove it. Scrape it using your plastic spatula. Remember to be gentle while using the scraper. Pry the wax off the floor smoothly until a good amount of it is gone.
3. Buff out; we need to remove any stain or residue that has remained. Here, you can use furniture wax to buff out. However, if the floor has some oils from the candle, you can use a hot iron and a towel to absorb it.
5. Employ commercial products
Homemade methods may be tiresome to some. However, if you are one of them, you have some other alternatives.
You can utilize some of the best wax removers available on Amazon, such as
However, you will need to be keen and follow the instructions on the labels on how to use these products. They have several uses; hence you will need to know where, when, and how to use them.
One disadvantage about these products is that you may not need to use them in a wider space. They work best when the wax smear is minor.
Should you use mineral spirits to remove wax?
Though some people recommend using mineral spirits on wax, I would not recommend it. The reason is that this product is a stripping agent. The truth is that it can remove the wax from the floor. However, it will not spare the floor’s sealant that protects the floor.
Hence, you will remove the wax but create an even bigger problem. You will need to again sand and protect or reseal the wooden floor. You do not need to incur such unreasonable expenses. Please avoid mineral spirits on your floor.
Other stuff to avoid when removing wax include:
Green scrubbers and steel wool: These materials are very aggressive. If you want to protect your floor’s finish, avoid them.
Sharp things such as razor blades or knives: Do not try these sharp objects on your floor wax even if you think you will not use too much force. Try using your hands or blunt objects such as an expired credit card.
Having read all these simple methods we have provided, you do not need to be stressed when you see a candle drip on your beautiful wooden floor. Instead, relax and calm down, then see which method will fit to clear your mess. The best thing about the ways is that they are simple to use. You only need the readily available items at home, and you will be good to go.