Cleaning Wax Off Countertops

Anyone who's ever said "just wait for it to dry and chip it off" has never actually tried to clean wax off a nice shiny countertop. I spilled candle wax and it wasn't the kind of wax that gets hard. It stayed soft and gooey even after I laid a bag off ice on it to freeze it.


Here's what I did to get it off. I scraped up as much wax as I could with a non-metal instrument (I used a wooden chopstick, but I bet a credit card or Popsicle stick would work). I got a small stack of paper towels and my clothes iron. I put a paper towel over the wax and ironed the paper towel. I repeated this a few times with new clean paper towels, sopping up more wax as I went along. Once most of the wax was gone and while the remaining wax was still warm, I cleaned the rest off with window cleaner.

I even tried this on an old wax spill and it worked beautifully!

By Jess from Chicago, IL

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July 6, 20091 found this helpful

This is perfect timing! I spent all yesterday afternoon melting some candle wax and cleaning out jars that they were in. I have a mess on my counter!


I scrubbed most off with a brill-o pad but can still feel it. I"ll take the iron to it tomorrow. Thanks!

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July 7, 20090 found this helpful

Try a hair dryer instead. Start with a non scraping tool to remove the excess then melt the wax with a hair dryer on LOW! Finally, blot with pieces of a brown paper bag. This way you don't have to clean the iron of afterward and the brown paper bag will soak up every last bit of wax.

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January 30, 20140 found this helpful

Question? I have a wax burner and my daughter just accidently spilled it all over my counter top. I got most of the wax off but my countertop has a film over it where it was all split.


I tried using different cleaners and it doesn't seem to work. Any recommendations?

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December 13, 20161 found this helpful

Same thing happened to me, wax melter tipped over , spilled on my quartz counter. I scraped most of it up with dull side of plastic knife, then used Goo gone and paper towels to remove residue . Next, I wiped the entire counter with Isopropol alcohol. Good as new!

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October 25, 20180 found this helpful

You are a saviour! I just spilled grey/scented candle wax on a white ceasarstone counter. After removing the bulk of the mess with ice cubes the counter still had a wax residue.


The Goo Gone and rubbing alcohol worked like a charm. Many thanx....!!!

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June 17, 20170 found this helpful

Thanks for the tip.
Worked freat

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February 17, 20180 found this helpful

First I put layers of paper towels on the residual wax areas and poured boiling water on them wiping them up quickly and as to not burn myself...helped only a little. Considered doing the ironing thing yet was concerned that I would damage cheap counter. Then I found THIS article/post and looked all over for my Goo Gone...never replaced it (oops). At this point I remembered that to remove a stuck mouse/rodent from a live glue trap mineral oil is used..THAT I have.


I spread the oil all over the counter in the waxy areas as well as a hidden cup ring, waited 5 minutes, wiped off with paper towel...all wax gone!!! WOW!!!!! and the cup ring, too! Followed up with hot soapy water. I am so, so happy!

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July 24, 20190 found this helpful

Hey, just wondering what KIND of mineral oil you used? Thanks.

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October 4, 20190 found this helpful

I was burning a candle on my counter and cutting up boxes on the same counter and hit the candle and it spilled all over my countertop. Didn't know how to get it off so I googled it and did what they suggested with a hot iron and some paper towels and it worked fantastic I used steam on my iron and it came write out wiped my counter with paper towels and it came off beautifully

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