Things You'll Need
Muslin or pellon waxing strips
Surface wax remover
Gauze or a rough rag
Waxing is a popular method of hair removal, but hot wax can be difficult to control if you are unfamiliar with handling it or have the wax warmer set to too high a temperature. If you spill wax on the counter or floor, do not panic. Depilatory waxes are removable from hard surfaces with little risk of permanent damage.
Press a waxing strip on top of spilled soft wax while the wax is still hot and rub firmly. Pull the strip off quickly. If the wax was still hot, most of the spilled wax should come up with the strip. If not, heat the spilled wax with a blow dryer until it softens and try again.
Scrape any remaining residue off with a paint scraper, being careful to apply only as much pressure as necessary to remove the wax while avoiding scratching the surface to which the wax is stuck.
Put on vinyl gloves. Non-porous gloves are important for protecting your hands from wax remover.
Perform a patch test on an inconspicuous part of the surface before using it on the spilled wax since different commercial wax removers contain different ingredients. Some wax removers are made with oil, which should be safe for most finished surfaces, but others use paint-thinner-like solvents and could damage certain finishes. Read the manufacturer's instructions for use for an idea of the surfaces on which your cleaner is safe.
Pour wax remover made for surfaces, not skin, on the surface and wipe off with gauze or a rough-textured cloth. If the wax residue does not come off immediately, pour a little more wax remover on the area and let it sit for five minutes before wiping it off. Rub the cleanser-saturated cloth over the area with pressure to get the last remaining residue off the surface.
Always use depilatory wax over hard flooring such as tile, vinyl or concrete. If you are waxing at home over carpet, lay down some paper to protect the carpet from drips and spills.
Based in Austin, Texas, Carrie Burns has been writing professionally since 2004, primarily ghostwriting corporate white papers and reviewing local theater productions. She has also spent time devising new works with cutting-edge theater ensembles. Burns holds a Bachelor of Arts in theater from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.