How To Remove Wax From Clothes, Carpets, Furniture

How To Remove Wax From Clothes, Carpets, Furniture

Had a bit of a waxident? Today we're showing you how to flawlessly remove wax from clothes, carpets, glass the easy way.

Candles add an enchanting glow to any setting. Spill them, though, and they'll produce a ghastly mess that's anything but magical.

Although you may think spilt wax on your carpet, clothes or furniture means they're ruined for good, there are a few methods that work to completely remove waxy mishaps.

Want to learn the best way to remove wax? Keep reading...

How to remove wax from clothes

wax stain freezer
Get it in the freezer - fast!

Got all dressed up for your dinner party only to spill candle wax down your beautiful blouse? Don't panic. Here's how to remove wax from clothes quickly and easily at home:

  1. The first thing to do is go and change - wax removal is much easier when the garment isn't being worn. Once you're clean and proper, pop your garment into a plastic bag in the freezer.
  2. After ten-minutes or so, remove your garment. The sub-zero temperatures will have completely solidified the wax , which may enable you to chip it off in one go. Lay the item of clothing onto a flat surface, then use a blunt knife to scrape the wax off. Remove as much as you can, before moving onto the next step.
    wax stain tshirt iron
    Be sure to change the paper regularly.
  3. Now, place a piece of kitchen roll onto your ironing board. Lay your garment, wax side up, onto the board, then place a piece of kitchen roll over the stain. Set your iron on a medium heat, and iron over. Move your paper each time wax is transferred onto it, replacing the sheet periodically.
    Stain remover spray wax
    We used red wax to show you how ironing-alone can lessen the stain.
  4. When the wax is removed, treat with a stain remover and wash as normal.

How to remove wax from carpet

ice pack wax stain

Freezing the wax makes it much easier to lift.


Attempt to remove wax from carpet using traditional cleaning methods, and you won't get very far. Water and wax don't mix well, but luckily for you, there's something that does! Follow the 3 step guide to learn how to remove wax from carpet flawlessly.

  1. Remove everyone from the area! If people walk over the candle wax, it may crumble and be trodden into the carpet, making it much harder to remove.
    remove candle wax from carpet
    Change the paper each time it becomes covered in wax.
  2. Let the wax cool and solidify completely. Next, place a sheet of kitchen paper over the stain. Plug your iron in, and use a medium heat to iron over the wax. Be sure to change the paper regularly to ensure you are transferring wax onto the paper, and not back onto the carpet.
  3. Clean carpet wax stain
    Now it's time to iron.
  4. Once the wax has been removed, vacuum over the area to remove any remaining pieces of wax.

Watch the video below to see just how easy it is to remove wax from carpet using this method:

How to remove candle wax from wood & glass

wax stain wooden table

Removing candle wax from wood and glass furniture can be a tricky business - if you don't know how to do it correctly, that is.

Learn the best way to remove wax from furniture below to avoid doing more damage to your furniture.

How to remove candle wax from wood

  1. Allow the wax to cool and solidify completely.
  2. Place an ice pack or bag filled with ice over the wax for 10 minutes to harden it further.
  3. remove wax stain credit card
    Easy peasy!
  4. Use a credit card or place ruler to chip away at the wax until you've removed it.
  5. Finish up by polishing the table (this will help loosen any remaining wax and leave your wood looking as good as new).
polish wooden table
A quick polish, and you're done!

The best way to remove wax from glass

Want to know how to remove candle wax from a glass table without scratching it? Repeat the process above, but instead of using polish, complete the wax removal by applying a small amout of nail polish remover to the area, then wiping with a damp kitchen towel - spotless!

Check out our other unusual uses for nail polish remover for more great tips!

Do you have any tried and tested methods for removing candle wax at home? We'd love to hear them in the comments below!

Stephanie C


Lover of all things fashion & foodie...I look to satisfy my tastes without obliterating my budget. Wannabe interior designer, I'm an avid cushion cover maker and charity shop hunter.

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  1. Author Carla Riechers on October 19, 2022 at 7:58 pm

    What’s “kitchen roll”? Parchment paper? Thanks!

    1. Author Joanne A on October 20, 2022 at 10:47 am

      Hi Carla! It's the same as paper towels.


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