How to Remove Wax on Furniture

Updated March 23, 2017

Burning candles can unfortunately lead to wax being dripped on your furniture. It takes care to remove the wax without damaging the furniture. How you remove the wax will depend on whether the affected furniture is wooden or upholstered.

Apply the ice to the wax. The wax will become brittle as it chills.

Scrape the wax off the furniture with the plastic ruler. Be gentle so you do not scratch the wood.

Clean the wood using the wood cleaner and soft cloth. The remaining wax should loosen and come up as you rub it.

Apply the ice to the wax. The ice will become brittle as it chills.

Scrape the ice gently off the furniture with the ruler. Be careful not to snag the upholstery threads as you do so.

Heat the iron to a setting appropriate for the upholstery. This is usually a low iron setting.

Place the old towel on top of the remaining wax and iron it. The wax will melt and transfer to the towel. Switch to a new section of towel as the wax transfers. Repeat until no more wax can be removed.

Use a carpet or upholstery cleaner on the affected area if some wax or a stain from the colouring of the candle remains.


Use candle holders that catch wax or place candles on a decorate tray to prevent wax from dripping on furniture. Remove the wax promptly to reduce the risk of permanent staining.


Some stains from colouring in candles may be permanent. Do not use cleaners on wood furniture not intended for wood as they may discolour it or damage the finish.

Things You'll Need

  • Ice
  • Plastic ruler
  • Soft cloth
  • Wood cleaner
  • Iron
  • Old towel or rag
  • Carpet cleaner
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