How to Clean Up Spilled Wax

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So, you bumped into your table, shelf, or desk and spill wax; no need to worry though. There are plenty of quick and easy ways to clean up spilled wax off of surfaces and we’ve put them together all in one post. Scroll down to the surface you spilled it on and check out our tips on cleaning it up!


First, scrape off any excess wax with a butter knife. Next, get a damp cloth and lay it over the affected area then use an iron to apply heat to the cloth; this should cause the wax to stick to the cloth.  There may be some remaining residue that can be removed by putting rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball and dabbing the carpet.


Scrape away as much of the wax as you can with either a car ice scraper or an old gift card or credit card. Next, use a blow dryer to apply medium heat to the remaining wax that couldn’t be scraped away. As the wax melts, wipe it away with a clean cloth. Hot, soapy water can be used to remove any remaining residue.


If the wax has dried, quickly move a blow dryer across the wax. You will want to move quickly as to not burn the leather. Once the wax has melted, wipe it away with a clean cloth. Remove any remaining residue with leather polish or a damp cloth with mild soap to not dry out the leather.


Use a butter knife to remove as much wax as possible. After removing as much wax as possible, place the linen between two paper bags and iron the bags using medium heat to transfer the wax to the bags. Repeat this step using as many bags as needed. If there is a lingering color stain, lightly blot the stain with rubbing alcohol to remove it.

Painted Wall

Use a blow dryer to apply medium heat to the wax. As the wax softens, wipe it away with a clean cloth. To remove residue, use a solution of three parts water one-part vinegar. Dab this solution on to the wall using a clean cloth.


Soak the affected area with warm water to loosen the wax. When you see the wax starting to loosen, wipe the wax away with a dry cloth. Repeat this process until the wax is completely removed. Once you feel like the wax is completely removed, clean the area with a multipurpose cleaner.


First, harden the wax using an ice cube or ice pack. Then, using an expired credit card, empty gift card, or plastic ruler, carefully scrape the wax from the surface. Remove remaining residue with furniture wax.

Is there a surface that you spilled wax on that we don’t have listed here? Let us know what surface it is and we’ll see if we can help you out! You can contact us here or on Instagram (@farm2aroma), Twitter (@farm2aroma), or Facebook (search Farm to Aromatherapy).

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