Whether you're preparing for a romantic evening, a birthday party, Hanukah, or freshening your home with scented candles, it's likely that you'll end up with some candle wax somewhere. We've all picked at it with fingernails or butter knifes attempting to scrape what little we can off of the surface, usually at the cost of finger nails and the table. This Instructable will walk you through easy steps to safely and effectively remove wax from the most common items in your household.
Step 1: Hard Surfaces
- Ice Cube
- Plastic Card (i.e. credit card, library card, etc)
- Ziplock* (optional)
- Remove the candle from the wax puddle gently with your hands.
- Place your ice cube directly on top of your hardened wax. If you are worried about water stains as the ice melts, put your ice cube in a ziplock before placing it on top of the wax.
- Wait for up to 2 minutes.
- Remove the ice cube.
- Take your plastic card, and gently scrape your hardened wax off your wood surface. It should come off within seconds, if it is not replace your ice cube and wait for a longer period of time before trying to scrape up your wax. I use plastic cards so that the risk of scraping your table or surface is minimized.
- Wash with soapy water. If your hard surface is wood, let it dry and then if necessary, refinish with butchers block wax or another wood product.
TIP: I've also read that you can cool the wax by blowing compressed air on it. So if you have compressed air for cleaning your keyboard or something else, feel free to try it instead of an ice cube. I have NOT yet tried this method!