Candles are beautiful and decorative, especially during the holiday season. However, wax can adhere to tablecloths, upholstery, carpeting, and not to mention glass holders.

To remove candle wax from tablecloths, placemats or napkins:

  • Place ice on the wax so it becomes brittle. Using the dull side of a non-serrated knife or credit card, scrape off as much of the wax as possible.
  • Remove the remaining wax, place a brown paper bag over the wax and another one underneath.
  • Iron the top bag with a medium hot iron until all the wax adheres to the bag. You might need to replace the bag with a clean one until all the residue has been removed.

If there is discoloration from a colored candle, try using a spot remover formulated for grease removal.

To remove candle wax from rugs, carpet, or upholstery:

  • Apply ice and then whack at the brittle residue until it shatters, then vacuum up the pieces right away.

To remove candle wax from glass objects:

  • Place the object in the freezer for a few hours and then use a dull knife to pry off the wax.
  • Wash the object in hot, soapy water.
  • Votives: Put a little bit of water in the bottom before lighting the candle. This will usually prevent the wax from melting on the glass object.
How Do I Remove Candle Wax?