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How can I remove candle wax from a concrete floor? Answered

A while back I spilled roughly one candle's-worth of melted wax on my rough concrete shop floor. It's not causing any problems, but it's ugly and feels weird when I step on it. I've thought of a wire brush and a lot of heat, neither of which are really practical. Any suggestions for removing it?

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project_builder (author)2012-02-24

I would scrape it with a sharp edge while melting it with a lighter or something

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akagumbo (author)2011-01-15

the Iron works really well, I use several paper towels FOLDING OFTEN so not to ruin the iron or melt back into the carpet or floor. then to rid stain use mineral spirits followed by Dawn dish soap to cut the spirits.

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Lithium Rain (author)2011-01-14

I've heard mineral spirits work well to dissolve paraffin wax.

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nostick (author)2011-01-14

I would lay paper towel over it, then a few layers of newspaper over that, then iron it.

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NachoMahma (author)2011-01-14

.  yokozuna, rickharris, and seandogue have the right idea - liquefy (why is that not spelled "liquify"?) and absorb/adsorb.

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seandogue (author)2011-01-13

scrape the bulk off with putty knife, then use a hair drier (carefully) to heat it to melting and apply paper towels (in fact, if you're careful you can apply the paper towels - or newspaper - first and heat them gently with the hair drier. eventually you'll have to scrub it with a cleaning agent to remove the final bit of residue.

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lemonie (author)2011-01-13


You might blow-lamp it until it's soaked-in / burned-off. But you'd want floor-paint to finish it off nicely.

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rickharris (author)2011-01-13

Heat it up and then absorb it with kitty litter.

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iBurn (author)2011-01-13

To get the bulk of it off you could try heating up something that's flat, like a trowel perhaps?

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CameronSS (author)iBurn2011-01-13

Bulk is already off. I'm trying to get out the glop that stuck down in.

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