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How to get wax off a wall

Let’s talk about candles. They can provide your home with a warm and relaxing atmosphere after a long day at work. Aromatherapy candles are pretty popular for that reason. But candles can also leave a rather nasty mess if you happen to spill any wax.

So, if you

  • Accidentally split some candle wax on your wall;
  • Scraped off as much wax as you could and found a stain underneath,

Then read along to learn how to get wax off a wall.

The most important thing to know is this: it is possible to remove wax from your wall without damaging it. The materials you need, you likely already have at home. With that said…

How to get candle wax off a painted wall

Heat makes the wax stick to the wall surface, and it is the same thing that will help remove it. For this method, you will need the following items:

  • Plastic knife or butter knife
  • A hairdryer
  • Clean rags
  • White vinegar

While this method is meant for painted walls, it should work just as well for wallpapered ones. Mind you, be very careful not to use too much heat, because you might damage the paint. Heat is a fine way to remove paint from a wall when you want to.

  1. Wait for the wax to harden.
  2. Scrape off as much of it as you can while applying gentle pressure.
  3. Set your hairdryer at medium heat and aim at the wax stain.
  4. Keep heating up the wax until it begins to melt.
  5. With your dry rag, remove the wax as it melts.
  6. Mix one part white vinegar in three parts water.
  7. Clean the wall of any wax residue.
  8. Dry the wall with a dry rag.

The heat method can also be applied using an iron instead of a hairdryer, but it’s not suitable for wallpaper.

  1. Gently scrape off as much candle wax as you can with your butter knife.
  2. Set the iron to a medium setting.
  3. Place a paper towel over the wax stain.
  4. Place the warm iron over the stain. The wax will stick to the paper.
  5. As soon as one piece of paper absorbs some wax, change it with a fresh one.
  6. Repeat until the wax is gone.
  7. Clean any wax residue with your vinegar and water solution.
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How to get candle wax off a wood wall

Wood walls require a slightly different approach when it comes to removing wax stains. Instead of heat, this time, you will use cold. All you need is:

  • Ice cubes.
  • An old debit or credit card.

Here is how to get candle wax off your wooden wall:

  1. Press some ice cubes to the wax spill and wait until it hardens.
  2. Scrape it off with your plastic card.
  3. Clean up the residue with wood polish.

Candle wax stain prevention

You can follow these simple tips to ensure you won’t have to remove wax out of your walls ever again.

  • Keep your candles at least 15cm away from the wall. That way, even if you accidentally knock one over, it won’t reach the wall.
  • Place the candles in drip trays. That way, candle wax won’t drip to your floor, causing a mess there.

Hire professionals

If you aren’t having any luck removing the wax stains from the wall, then maybe it’s time you hired some professional help. Fantastic Services works with experienced and fully equipped professional cleaners who can tackle any task at hand, be it a one-off or regular cleaning. All you need to do is point us in the right direction.


  • Wait for the wax to cool down.
  • Gently scrape it off with a dull knife.
  • Use either a hairdryer or an iron to remove the wax left on the wall.
  • Clean any residue with a vinegar and water solution


Did you remove the wax from the wall? Did you use any one of our methods? Let us know by leaving a comment!

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