How to Remove Hot Hair Removal Wax From a Surface

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.

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Always wear gloves when cleaning with chemical solvents as they can cause drying and irritation.

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

Put on vinyl gloves. Non-porous gloves are important for protecting your hands from wax remover.

Step 4

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.

Step 5

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.