Cleaning Candle Wax from Wood Furniture

December 30, 2005

Candle wax dripping down side of container onto wood table.We had candle wax go through a red tablecloth onto the oak table top. How do we get the red dye out of the table top finish?



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August 5, 20054 found this helpful

I have a brand new white (wooden) breakfast table and I placed a 6" PURPLE pillar candle in the center of with a flower ring for decoration when we moved into our new house. When I removed the candle to clean the table a few days later, a purple candle color stain was left in the center. It is not wax, just the color. What can get this stain out?


By Georgie (Guest Post)
August 5, 20051 found this helpful

I had the same problem on a pine table and found that the Magic Erasers you can purchase at the store worked for me. good luck!

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August 7, 20050 found this helpful

try putting down a paper towel and then a hand towel. Use your iron over the hand towel. It should remelt the wax and the wax should stick to the paper towel.

By Jody (Guest Post)
November 9, 20051 found this helpful

Whoever it was that said erasers work for candle stains (Georgia) is wonderful! Thank you! I had some candles on top of a pine coffee table, when they leaked, it went all over my table, I got the wax off, but it left the residue. I used an eraser, and it really works! It took it right off!


Thank you!

By Anne Jones (Guest Post)
September 6, 20061 found this helpful

I have a problem with a stain on wood from a colored candle. I tried an eraser which didn't work and some fine steel wool that also didn't work. I'll try the magic erasers but what kind of store carries them and what do they look like.

Editor's Note: In the U.S. Magic Erasers are available at most grocery stores, WalMart, or hardware stores. The original ones are by Mr. Clean.

By charles (Guest Post)
January 19, 20083 found this helpful

I also had a red candles wax stain in maple wood. The Magic Eraser with orange Goo Gone took it completely out. Just be patient with the Magic Eraser, it take some elbow grease but it will come out. Thanks for the tip!

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January 28, 20082 found this helpful

The magic eraser worked like a charm! Thank you! I had tried rubbing alcohol, Lysol, Dish soap and water and a pencil eraser before!

By Gemma (Guest Post)
April 23, 20080 found this helpful

I have a brand new Oak wooden Tv Cabinet and I placed Brown candle on it. When I removed the candle to clean the table a Orange candle color stain was left in the center.


It is not wax, just the color. What can get this stain out? Thanks, Gemma

By L (Guest Post)
October 21, 20080 found this helpful

I have a beautiful wooden-painted-white table from Crate & Barrel my grandmother gave me when I moved into a new apartment. My goofy roommate let her bright red candle burn for hours on top of it while i was out of town, and stained the crap out of the top. I let whitening toothpaste set on the stain overnight, which lifted some of it. had to repeat as well.

By dan (Guest Post)
December 20, 20081 found this helpful

I need a way to get the color from a candle off my cherry wood table.

By jeffrey (Guest Post)
January 8, 20091 found this helpful

Can anyone tell me the full name or manufactuer of the 'magic eraser' referred to ( re removing red dye stain from wood)? I'm in Australia , not sure if it's the 'Chux' one or 'Mr Clean' product.

December 22, 20150 found this helpful

I have a white washed table and had a red wax stain and I use "Mr Clean MagicEraser Extra Power. Its like a sponge but you use only with water and ring out. It works and doesn't hurt the wood. You have to keep scrubbing but it will finally come out. You will have to throw away the left over sponge because it does fall apart.


This product is a wonderful product and you can use it on anything! I have it around for everything you want to clean. It is a wet erase. Even good on walls to take off spots. Does not take off your paint! We get them at the Grocery store.

May 1, 20160 found this helpful

It's Mr. Clean. If you are subbing put something over your nose so you don't breath in the powder.

November 6, 20160 found this helpful

I used WEIMAN LEMON OIL on my Oak Furniture to remove candle wax, it works for a lot of things on real wood furniture

February 5, 20170 found this helpful

I had a red candle stain on my golden oak dining room table, and the candle wasn't even lit! After unsuccessfully trying the hair dryer and rag trick, I saw on here that some used the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, so I bought it from Walmart without much hope.


WOW, was I surprised! It worked!! I scrubbed for at least 10 minutes, but you would never know that a stain had been there. I just soaked it with water, not the rubbing alcohol that has been posted. After, clean with Endust, and it looks great.

November 25, 20171 found this helpful

I just had red candle wax on my white washed buffet. Tried several products before reading about. Magic eraser. It is Magic. It works. Thank you!

December 18, 20170 found this helpful

me too, we tried SO many things and finally the answer was the Magic Eraser.... i did have my doubts, but it DOES work like a charm, and then some! thanks for the wonderful tip!!!

December 25, 20170 found this helpful

Thank you it worked!

August 10, 20180 found this helpful

Thanks for sharing this. I just tried to remove red candle wax off an oak buffet with Magic eraser and your are right. It's magic! It worked.

August 23, 20180 found this helpful

Mr Clean

May 9, 20190 found this helpful

I have the same problem - orange stain from candle onto my wood desk. I have tried Magic Eraser & Goo Gone. Nothing works... what else can I do?

June 29, 20190 found this helpful

I had a similar experience... No luck with any products. Mine is red stain on a white plastic table. Still there. You probably already know this, but on your deck ... light sanding and restraining. You were looking for something easier, but thats the only solution Ive ever had with wood.


I had a craft cabinet that got stain on it and I sanded the spot and stained it and you can barely tell you have to look for the spot. When you do the whole deck it will go away for sure.

January 8, 20200 found this helpful

Do NOT use magic eraser on unpainted wood. It is too abrasive. Read the package insert!!!

April 2, 20230 found this helpful

Magic Eraser did not work for me. I had numerous candle stains (no wax) inside a drawer of my china cabinet. What did work was using 0000 steel wool and Oops! All Purpose Remover with lots of elbow grease. The stains are not totally gone, but they are certainly faded from what they were.

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September 7, 2010

How do you remove candle wax from wood furniture?

By Carolyn from Memphis, TN


September 8, 20101 found this helpful

Place a piece of brown paper bag over the wax & heat with a hair drier. As the heat melts the wax, it will soak into the brown paper bag. Do not use newspaper as it will not soak up the wax.


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September 10, 20101 found this helpful

Scrape it off with a an old credit or gift card.

January 3, 20160 found this helpful

So amazing. The wax came right off with the old credit card. No other prep. Thank you so much!

February 25, 20180 found this helpful

Glad I found this, worked a treat!!

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December 16, 2010

I have red cinnamon scented candle wax on an antique piano, but not on keys. It is just on the wood behind the music holder and in the seams. The wood is cherry I believe. The piano is about 75 to 80 years old.

My husband blew out a tea light under a tart warmer on the piano and didn't confess for 2 days. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.


By lisa from Mt. Vernon


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December 5, 20050 found this helpful

You can remove melted candle wax from a piece of furniture, or sometimes this will even work for carpet, with a piece of newspaper and an iron. Just place a piece of newspaper (folded) over the melted wax area and place a hot iron, on a low setting, on top of the newspaper 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.

By Lori Bartel

December 18, 20102 found this helpful

My favorite trick for removing wax from furniture or cloth is to take a piece of paper and an old towel and "iron" the wax. Lay the paper directly on the wax (newspaper works well). then cover with an old towel or cloth (preferably cotton or terry). Set your iron to high and iron back and forth over the wax, lifting the towel and paper periodically and using a new place on the paper each time you stop to iron again. repeat until all wax is gone. the wax will soak up into the paper and towel. Voila!


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December 18, 20100 found this helpful

Use your hair dryer on high, then use toothpicks with cotton swabbed on them, thinner than Q-tips.

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January 15, 2012

How do I remove candle wax from wood furniture?

By Annie from Glencoe


January 17, 20121 found this helpful

Carefully scrape the wax off with a credit card as a scraper. You can remove most of the wax. Then warm the wax residue that is left with a hair dryer on a low setting, after covering the wax with a paper towel. The wax will melt and the paper towel will absorb the melted wax.

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March 12, 2013

A glass candle holder broke yesterday and the wax spilled out on to the table. I let it dry for a bit and then I removed the wax carefully with a plastic scrapper. It came off, but there is a shiny stain you can see at an angle. When you touch it it feels as it it had been polished.

How can I remove this stain guys? I don't want to make it worse as it is a brand new table.

By Jose

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July 18, 2012

How do I remove red candle wax from wood?

By Sue from La Porte, TX

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November 9, 2016

This is a page about using an iron for cleaning up candle wax. Your iron is the perfect tool to use to clean up candle wax drips and spills.

A clothes iron taking wrinkles out of orange fabric.


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April 25, 2007

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.


December 22, 2004

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