You can remove melted candle wax from a piece of furniture, or sometimes this will even work for carpet, with a piece of brown paper bag and an iron. Just place a piece of bag (folded) over the melted wax area and place a hot iron, on a low setting, on top of the paper for 5 to 10 seconds, lift up iron and paper. The wax should have soaked up into the paper and removed it from the furniture. This might need to be repeated a few times.
I recently bought a bottle of "Goo Gone" from a Home Improvement Store. Goo Gone claims to remove candle wax from furniture without damaging it. Well, Beware! It does damage your furniture!! (06/24/2004)
I just tried the brown paper bag and the iron thing. It worked like a charm! I am so glad I found this site because I just sold my house and I thought I was going to have to pay for new carpets. (07/20/2004)
My problem was on my carpet - caused by a scented candle blow-out. I didn't have a brown paper bag so I used paper towels instead. The result was nothing short of incredible. I just put the paper towels (three or four thicknesses) on the wax, left the iron on it for a couple of minutes, and presto, change, the wax was gone! Somehow, it was absorbed by the paper towels! I don't think I've ever had a cleanup job that was easier. I sure wish I would have seen the posts before I had spayed a ton of stain remover and scrubbed part of the carpet away. (08/28/2004)
You can also use a hair dryer instead of an iron. I did this with my sofa and it worked great! (08/30/2004)
Be sure not to do this method if you have Berber carpet. I tried it after a candle spilled and it melted my fibers together. It was too late and then I found out that a carpet cleaning company could have removed it if I hadn't had "melted" my carpet first. (08/31/2004)
I have a large candle with four wicks on an oak dresser and I attempted to blow out all of them on one huff/puff. Guess where the hot red wax went? Anyway, I used a hairdryer to re-melt the wax and rubbed it off with a very soft cloth. It worked great. I then put some furniture spray on the oak dresser and it looked like new. Try using the low setting on the dryer first and if not, go with the high setting carefully.
By Dan from NY (12/09/2004)
We have just tried the hairdryer on some spilled wax on dresser. I can not believe how easy the wax came off. It works incredibly well on the carpet to. Thank you on this web site. It was a great help (01/30/2005)
To get wax drippings off of nearly everything. Take your iron and put it on a medium to low setting. Place a paper towel or clean rag and iron over the wax and up it will come. You will never know it had been there.
By Teri Hanmore
I didn't think the answer would be here....but the hair dryer worked wonderful on my 1938 table. (07/04/2005)
By teresa from texas
I poured some potpourri oil in with a wax tart in my tart burner. After about ten minutes I heard something bubbling. The oil and wax were boiling and splashing out all over my entertainment center and carpet. I am so glad I found this site because my fingernails were getting really sore from trying to scrape all the wax off. Thanks for the pointers. (09/27/2005)
Thank you so much for the blow-dryer idea of removing wax from furniture! I hardly ever burn candles on my antique dining room set but I was tonight and I accidentally bumped one. I was nearly in tears because I didn't have the first idea of what to do about it. Bless you all for your suggestions. (10/31/2005)
1) spilled candle wax all over antique french lacquered dining room table
2) got hair dryer, 2 paper towels
3) wax was gone in about 90 seconds
Thanks everyone!! (11/01/2005)
By Sarah R
I tried the iron to remove wax from my couch and it works perfectly. Whoever was the original person to post this, I thank you very much. This really works. Thats for saving my furniture. And my son thanks you for keeping him from punishment.
We had carpet in our previous house and a candle dripped onto it. I laid down wax paper and ran a hot iron over it. This melted the wax and it worked very well. You just have to change out your paper because the waxy side picks up the candle wax. This is the best method I have ever heard of. (01/20/2006)
Thank you! You saved my expensive coffee table. (02/09/2006)
Great idea, but I couldn't get the stain off my suede couch. (02/18/2006)
My kids just blew out multi-wicked candle on cherry dining table and wax sprayed all over one side of top. We had already gotten credit card out before I checked this site - afraid of scratching. Thanks so much for the hair dryer tip! It worked perfectly and effortlessly. Thanks! (08/08/2006)
Saved my restoration hardware dining room buffet. The simplest ideas are often the best ideas. (09/24/2006)
I just tried this using yellow pages from phone book. Spilled wax all over my glass coffee table. Worked great. Thanks (09/29/2006)
I tried this and now I have newsprint heated into the top of my dresser. I wish you would advise people to use a brown paper bag instead of newspaper. (10/09/2006)
I did the white paper towel and dryer on my dresser and it made a bubble. I'm so upset. (11/13/2006)
I used a hair dryer and rag to get red candle wax off a beige suede couch. Then used oxi-clean to get rid of the dark grease stains. A life saver! (03/06/2007)
By John from Michigan
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