How to get wax off of furniture?

How to get wax off of furniture?


Removing wax from furniture can be a daunting task, but with the right techniques and materials, it can be done effectively. Whether you have accidentally spilled wax on your furniture or you are dealing with a residue buildup, this article will guide you through the process of getting wax off of furniture.

Methods for Removing Wax from Furniture

Materials needed: Soft cloth, plastic scraper, iron, brown paper bag, rubbing alcohol, cotton balls, mild dish soap, warm water, soft-bristled brush, and furniture polish.

Method 1: Scraping and Heating

1. Start by gently scraping off any excess wax from the furniture surface using a plastic scraper. Be careful not to scratch the furniture.

2. Once you have removed the excess wax, place a brown paper bag over the wax residue.

3. Set your iron to a low heat setting and gently iron over the paper bag. The heat will melt the wax, and the paper bag will absorb it.

4. Continue ironing over the paper bag, moving it around to a clean area as the wax is absorbed. Repeat this process until no more wax transfers to the paper bag.

5. After removing the wax, wipe the furniture surface with a soft cloth to remove any remaining residue.

Method 2: Using Rubbing Alcohol

1. Moisten a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol.

2. Gently dab the wax residue with the moistened cotton ball. Avoid rubbing vigorously, as this may damage the furniture finish.

3. Continue dabbing the wax residue until it is completely removed.

4. Once the wax is gone, clean the furniture surface with a mixture of mild dish soap and warm water. Use a soft cloth to apply the solution and gently scrub the surface.

5. Rinse the cloth with clean water and wipe away any soap residue.

Method 3: Freezing and Scraping

1. Place a few ice cubes in a plastic bag and hold it against the wax residue on the furniture. Leave it in place for a few minutes to harden the wax.

2. Once the wax has hardened, use a plastic scraper to gently scrape it off the furniture surface. Be cautious not to scratch the furniture.

3. If there is any remaining wax residue, repeat the process until it is completely removed.

4. After removing the wax, clean the furniture surface with a soft-bristled brush to remove any loose particles.

5. Finish by applying furniture polish to restore the shine and protect the furniture surface.


Removing wax from furniture may seem challenging, but with the right methods and materials, it can be accomplished effectively. Whether you choose to scrape and heat, use rubbing alcohol, or freeze and scrape, always be cautious not to damage the furniture surface. By following these techniques, you can restore the beauty of your furniture and eliminate any wax residue.


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