How to Get Bees Wax Off of Wooden Furniture

Updated February 21, 2017

Beeswax blobs on furniture create an unsightly mess that can also permanently stain the wood if left untreated. Besides candles, beeswax is a common ingredient in cosmetics and shoe polish. Removing the wax involves a combination of heat and cleaning solutions made from common household products. The most important thing to remember is to let the wax dry if melted beeswax gets on the wood. Trying to remove it immediately will only smear the wax across the furniture, making the problem worse.

Turn the hairdryer to the medium heat setting, and aim directly at the dried beeswax on the wooden furniture.

Blot off the beeswax with a clean cloth as the wax begins to melt and liquefy, while continuing to heat the area with the hairdryer. Do not wipe off the wax, which will only smear it on the wood.

Prepare a cleaning solution of equal parts water and white distilled vinegar.

Pour about two tbsp of the cleaning solution onto a fresh, clean cloth, and wipe down the area where the beeswax has been removed.

Polish the wood with furniture polish and a clean cloth to restore the natural shine.

Things You'll Need

  • Hairdryer
  • Clean cloths
  • White distilled vinegar
  • Water
  • Furniture polish
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James Clark began his career in 1985. He has written about electronics, appliance repair and outdoor topics for a variety of publications and websites. He has more than four years of experience in appliance and electrical repairs. Clark holds a bachelor's degree in political science.