How to Get Wax Off a Wood Table

No matter how well you care for your furniture, accidents do happen. Take that oh-so-carefully-planned candlelit dinner that left wax on your new table, for instance. When the inevitable wax spill occurs, the savvy homeowner wastes no time sighing over it, but whisks away the offending drips in the blink of an eye, using that tried and true, highly specialized tool: the old credit card. Never let your junk drawer be without one.

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Highly-Polished Table Surfaces

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Apply an ice cube to the surface of the wax to harden it.

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Turn a credit card at an angle, flush with the tabletop, and use it to scrape away the wax. Often, if the wax is thick and cold, it will pop off when the card presses against the edge. If you don't have a handy card, a windshield scraper or plastic knife may work.

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Apply a small amount of paste furniture polish to a clean, soft cloth and rub it into the wood over the entire tabletop, especially over the area where you removed the wax.

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Buff the tabletop with another soft cloth to finish.

Unsealed or Rough Table Surfaces

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Attempt to cool and scrape off the wax. If hot wax has penetrated into the grain of the wood and cannot be scraped away, proceed to the next Step.

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Set a hairdryer to a hot setting and apply heat over the wax stain until the wax softens and begins to melt. Keep the dryer moving over the area to avoid concentrating so much heat that it affects the wood finish.

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Blot and wipe the wax area with a soft cloth to remove melted wax. Continue alternating heat with blotting until all the wax is gone.

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Finish by applying furniture polish and buffing.