According to Candles.org (yep, that’s totally a real thing), Americans buy $3.2 billion worth of candles every year, and 7 in 10 households use candles.
That’s a lot of candles. But once you think about it, those numbers make a lot of sense! After all, candles are a great way to add a decorative flourish or focal point to a room’s décor. They’re great to have on hand for cold, dark nights, and they can help keep any space smelling great. Plus, they make for special, unique gifts!
But while candles can do a lot of good for your home, they also come with their own set of problems. Specifically? Wax! What are homeowners and tenants to do about drippy, sticky, hot candle wax? We’ve got a few ideas.
How to Stop Your Candles from Dripping
So, how can you all of the beauty and functionality out of your candles, without having to worry about that annoying, damaging candlewax?
Here are some tips to help stop the drip:
- Pop the candle in your freezer. Once you pull out the candle and light it, it will burn for much longer without dripping. In fact, you may be able to use the same candle for 2X longer than you would otherwise!
- Create a salt water solution. You can help make your candle “dripless” by soaking it in a simple solution of warm tap water and salt. Dissolve salt into warm water until it won’t dissolve any more. Submerge your candles into this mixture, and allow them to soak for a few hours. Take them out and dry them off completely before you try to use them again!
- Use Drip-Proof Candleholders. Using a decorative candleholder can be a great way to catch any dripping wax, before it has a chance to damage your precious surfaces! There are probably some lovely candleholders available at your favorite arts & crafts or hardware store. In a pinch, you can also use a lot of common household items, from an old saucer to rubber bands, to help catch any drips. And to help stop wax from damaging your new candleholder, there are some hacks you can use. For instance, adding a little bit of water or sand to the bottom of the dish can help stop wax from sticking. Or, rubbing a little bit of petroleum jelly around the inner walls can make getting rid of wax a breeze!
- Regularly Change Your Furnace Filter. OK, OK, so this is a different problem than wax, but it’s still worth mentioning! It’s important to regularly change your filter when you fill your home with candles. As your favorite candles burn down, they release soot and smoke into the air that clog up the filter, clogging it up. A clogged air filter can lead to a whole host of problems, so watch out, and take precautions ahead of time.
How to Clean Wax from Your Favorite Surfaces
Of course, a little bit of dripping wax is going to happen, no matter how you vigilant you are about caring for your candle collection.
When this happens, there are a few things you’ll need to keep in mind about cleaning up. Above all, remember that candlewax is going to cling to different surfaces in different ways – so you’re not always going to be able to rely on a “one-size-fits-all” solution.
With that in mind, here are a few practical ways to get wax off of some of your most common household surfaces:
Wax stuck to your glass tabletop? Your best bet is probably to scrape away the hardened excess, then use a blow-dryer to gradually warm up the remaining wax. As it warms up, it will soften, and you can wipe it off with a rag or cloth. Follow up with soapy water to get rid of the residue.
Has your favorite candle somehow managed to drip all the way down to your carpeted floor? Your best options are to go hot or cold.
For the hot method, lay a damp cloth over the wax, then apply medium heat with an iron. As heat is applied, the wax will adhere to the cloth (you may also be able to use a paper bag, in a pinch). Once you take it away, you can use your favorite carpet cleaning solution to clean away the remaining residue.
To keep it cold, freeze the wax using an icepack or ice cube, then break apart the frozen clump with a heavy object. You should be able to clear away the small pieces with a vacuum, or a dampened rag.
Wood Tables and Floors
Candlewax clinging to your antique tabletop or original hardwood floor? Again, your options are to go hot or cold. To remove the wax, you may first wish to cool it down with an ice cube or ice pack, then carefully scrape it off. To apply heat, blow on the wax with a blow dryer set to medium, then wipe off the softened wax with a cloth. In both cases, you may need to finish by going over your wood surface with a furniture polish or wood finishing cream.
Vinyl flooring or countertop speckled with wax? You will most likely be able to remove it by soaking the affected spot with hot water, then wiping away the wax with a clean, dry cloth. You may have to work in stages to get it all off. A little bit of cleaning solution may also give you the “oomph” you need to get the job done!
Linens and Fabrics
Has your favorite tablecloth fallen victim to some hot, dripping wax? First, place the linen in the freezer for a half hour, if possible. As it cools, the wax will harden, and you will probably be able to scrape off a lot of it with a thin tool, like a butter knife. To get the rest, use the iron and paper bag method from earlier – lay a paper bag over the spot, then heat the bag with a medium-hot iron until the wax transfers over. To finish, you may need to blot the area with your preferred spot remover.
What’s Your Favorite Method?
What’s your favorite thing about candles? Is there a specific brand that you just love to keep on hand? Do you have a go-to method for cleaning up wax? We’d love to hear from you! Drop us a line on Facebook to keep the housekeeping conversation going!
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