A spill is a common waxing accident that can be avoided if you spread a sheet of newspaper on the surface you will be using. Hot wax is sticky and viscous and, when you scoop it out of its pot, it is difficult to prevent dribbling some off of the spatula. However, there is a simple way to clean up any spills on wood without ruining it.
Blot the wax off using a few tissues. Do not rub the area with the tissues to remove the dropped wax. Place the tissues over the area for a few seconds to allow them to soak up the wax and then pick them up and dispose of them. Do this a couple of times.
Wet one section of the cloth with a little mineral oil and rub the area with it, using a circular motion. Do this for about 10 seconds.
Wipe the area with a clean section of the cloth to remove the oil.
Repeat steps 2 and 3 if there is still some wax left on the wood.
You can use baby oil if you are unable to find mineral oil.
Do not attempt to scrape off the wax using a knife or other sharp object. This will ruin the wood.
Tips and warnings
- You can use baby oil if you are unable to find mineral oil.
- Do not attempt to scrape off the wax using a knife or other sharp object. This will ruin the wood.