How Do You Remove Wax From Floors?

If you’ve spilled your candle wax or scented wax melts on the floor and now you’re left wondering how to remove wax from floors like yours, you’ve come to the right place! As your trusted wax melt experts, we’ll share with you how to remove wax from floors of all kinds without fear of stains or damage.

How to Remove Spilled Wax from Wood Floors, Tile, Vinyl, & Carpet

Wax Removal for Wood Floors

Removing spilled wax from wood floors is (thankfully) very easy. Resist the urge to wipe up the hot wax, and allow it to cool and dry thoroughly before removal. You can speed up this process by placing ice on the wax for about two minutes (or less) until the wax is hardened completely. 

Using a soft yet thin blade-like item, such as a credit card or plastic putty knife, scrape the hardened wax from the wood floor, taking care not to apply too much pressure that might affect the floor. If the wax is still not coming off, try freezing it again with ice until you can successfully remove all of the wax. Once the wax is removed, wipe the spot with a clean cloth. Avoid harsh chemicals or scrubbing tools like steel wool, as these can be too aggressive for your floors.

Wax Removal for Vinyl & Tile Floors

Thanks to the durability of most vinyl flooring, removing wax from your vinyl and tile floors is a cinch. You can try the same method used for wood floors or simply clean the spilled wax with isopropyl alcohol (use only a little bit on tile floors), or another non-abrasive or harsh cleaning product, making sure to blot rather than wipe. If you catch the spill when it happens, feel free to soak it up with a paper towel or absorbent cloth. Avoid the urge to wipe the spot, as this can spread and leave a waxy residue on the floors.

Wax Removal for Carpet Floors

Thankfully, removing wax from carpet flooring is pretty simple but will require different supplies and techniques than wood, vinyl, and tile flooring. For instance, removing wax from a carpet requires an iron, packaging paper (a thin cloth or rag may also work), and a little bit of time. Since carpets are more likely to hold onto stains than hard flooring, a special technique is required to ensure you remove all of the wax from the carpeted surface. Here’s what you’ll need to do.

  1. Place the packaging paper, cloth, or rag over the melted wax spot. Place your warm iron (no steam and set on a low temperature) on top of the paper.
  2. Holding the iron in place, slowly pull the paper from beneath the iron. You should notice the paper, cloth, or rag start to absorb the wax.
  3. Continue with step 2 until the spilled wax is removed from the carpet.

Learn more about How to Remove Wax from Carpet at the Happy Wax® blog, an excellent resource for all things wax melts, like How to Get Melted Wax Out of Clothes, What Scents Dogs Hate, and so much more.

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