Candles are popular hearth decorations. They add light, warmth and a sense of flair and design. They also sometimes drip all over the brick mantles on which they are placed, creating a gooey mess and even staining the brick with their candle dyes. Candle lovers need not fear nor give up their beloved ambiance. It is possible to clean up spilled wax and return the brick hearth to its former pristine beauty.
Dab the wax with an absorbent cloth or paper towel if it is still liquid when you notice it. Do not rub the cloth on the brick! Rubbing will smear and spread the wax. Simply dab with an up-and-down motion to remove some of the wax. You will most likely need to remove the rest later.
Let the wax cool. Cold wax is easier to remove than warm wax. Place a piece of ice on the hardened wax to get it as cold and solid as possible.
Scrape the hardened wax with an old butter knife or, better yet, a paint chisel.
Dab some solvent or wax candle remover onto any wax that won't come off. Wipe up with the soft cloth. Clean the brick with a cloth dipped in soapy water. Rinse with a cloth dipped in water only.
Dab a little solvent or bleach onto spots that are stained with candle dye. Clean the brick with a cloth dipped in soapy water. Rinse with a cloth dipped in water only.