Removing Wax Cheat Sheet by Davidpol
How to remove wax drippings
There's something very heartwarming about Burning Candles. Though it may be frigid outside, the flickering flames warm our hearts and homes with a wonderful glow. While the flames may be beautiful, the melted wax that candles create is kind of a pain to remove. Try these top tips for removing wax from most any surface.
Removing Wax From Carpet
Put a few ice cubes in a Ziploc bag and place it over the wax for about 1.5 minutes. The wax will freeze and you'll be able to crack it right off the carpet without pulling the fibers along. If any wax still remains on the carpet, lift it off with an iron and paper towels as mentioned above
Removing Wax From Painted Walls
Layer 2-3 sheets of paper towels over the wax stain you want to lift off the wall. Warm your iron to the lowest setting and run the iron over the paper towels. Work in short intervals so as not to ruin the paint. The wax will transfer to the paper towels. You might need to repeat this a few times to remove larger wax stains. Keep on moving the paper towel so that the old wax should not be re-applied.
Removing Wax from Silver
Silver is always beautiful - except when it's covered in wax! It's important to be very gentle while removing wax from silver. Place the piece in the freezer for about 20 minutes or until the wax hardens. Remove from freezer and delicately try to lift the wax off the surface with a fingernail. Do not use a knife as this may scratch the surface. Most of it should come right off. For any remaining residue, dab a cotton ball with silver polish or rubbing alcohol and gently swab the area until it's clean. Switch cotton balls frequently, so you don't keep on reapplying the wax you're trying to remove.
Removing Wax From Wood
Use a blow dryer on a warm setting to soften the wax and then wipe it away with a soft cloth. Do not try to chip away at the wax with your fingernail, knife, or tooth¬pick as it can damage the wood or the finish
Removing Wax From Fabric
The popular brown paper bag method works every time! Heat your iron to a low setting. Place a brown paper bag over the wax stain and run the iron over it a few times. The wax will melt onto the paper bag. If you need to repeat this a few times for larger stains, keep on moving the bag so the old wax should not be re-applied.
Removing Wax From Glass
Cleaning wax off glass can be tricky; the last thing you want is wax smeared all over the glass. Pour some nail polish remover, rubbing alcohol, or vodka on the wax and rub it with a soft cloth. Either one should take off the wax completely leaving a sparking surface.
Removing Wax From Hair
If the wax is on the tips of hair, place them in hot water to melt the wax. If it's closer to the root, or on very short hair, massage olive oil into the hair to loosen the wax so it slides off.
Removing Wax From Metal
Wax that's melted on metal can be more stubborn than wax on other materials. Bring a pot of water to a boil on your stove, and then turn off the heat. Place your menorah or metal object in the pot and allow the water to cool. As the water cools, the wax will begin to slide off. Take the metal out of the pot and wipe with a soft rag.
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