Goodbye Wax: How to Get Wax Stains out of Surfaces and Fabrics

It’s all fun and games until the end of the night when your beautiful candle spills all over your favorite coffee table or rug. All our candles are made with a proprietary blend of all-natural coconut and soy wax. Although this soft and creamy wax type is known for its long and clean burning time, you’ll remove it the same way you would its toxic counter part, paraffin. Luckily, there are just a few simple steps to quickly get rid of your candle wax stains and make your surfaces and fabrics look as good as new. Say goodbye to your wax stains, no matter what surface you have to clean! 

How to clean candle wax from any fabric or surface: glass, marble, carpet, linen, polyester, cotton

Removing wax stains by fabric type - 

How to Clean Candle Wax from Any Fabric or Surface

Polyester & Linen:

For materials like polyester and linen, the ice cube and hot iron method work wonders:

  1. Place an ice cube over the wax stain to harden it.
  2. Carefully scrape off as much wax as possible with a dull knife or spoon.
  3. Cover the remaining stain with a paper towel and gently iron over it on low heat until the wax transfers onto the paper towel.
  4. Launder the fabric as usual or treat the affected area with a stain remover if necessary.


Cotton fabrics require a more delicate approach:

  1. Scrape off excess wax with a dull knife or spoon.
  2. Use a hairdryer on low heat to melt the remaining wax, ensuring not to overheat the fabric.
  3. Treat any remaining stain with an oil-removing stain remover or a mixture of warm water and stain remover.
  4. Blot the stain with nail polish remover or rubbing alcohol if needed.


Here's how to salvage your favorite pair of jeans:

  1. Freeze the wax-stained area by placing the jeans in the freezer.
  2. Once the wax is hardened, peel it off.
  3. If residue remains, apply heat with a hairdryer and blot with a paper towel until the wax is absorbed.


To tackle wax stains on carpets:

  1. Gently scrape off excess wax with a butter knife.
  2. Place a cloth over the stain and iron on medium to low heat to melt the wax.
  3. Blot the melted wax with rubbing alcohol.
  4. Treat any remaining stain with a carpet stain remover.

Wood Floor:

Keep your wood floors looking pristine:

  1. Use a hairdryer to soften the wax.
  2. Gently scrape off the softened wax with a dry cloth.
  3. Clean the area with a solution of water and white vinegar.
  4. Use a plastic brush to gently remove any remaining wax.
  5. Polish the surface with a wood polish spray for a pristine finish.


Protect the glossy finish of marble surfaces:

  1. Place an ice-filled plastic bag over the wax stain to harden it.
  2. Peel off the wax layers gently, repeating if necessary.
  3. Polish the surface with marble cleaner to restore its glossy appearance.

    Now that you have removed your wax from your fabrics, use these tips to remove wax from your candle container and give it a new life! 

    With these simple yet effective methods, you can bid farewell to candle wax stains on any surface or fabric. Keep your spaces looking immaculate with our tried and tested techniques. And don't forget to give your candle containers a new lease on life using our bonus tips!

    At Malibu Apothecary, we're committed to helping you enjoy your candles without the stress of stubborn wax stains.


    I just looked up the actual material it’s 95% polyester, 5% spandex and this candle wax has been on probably at least a month just not knowing how to get it off if I could any suggestions? It’s a silky nightgown.

    Patricia Clayton July 27, 2023

    I have a night gown, and that is silky like material, and my wax candle fell on. So the materials mentioned in this article doesn’t really talk about this kind of material. Could someone suggest how I could get it out of this silky material that’s probably a polyester blend. Thank you.

    Patricia Clayton July 27, 2023

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