How to Remove Candle Wax From a Wood Deck

Enjoying an evening on a wood deck is a common pleasure of summer. Candles offer subtle illumination, and in the case of citronella candles, keep biting insects at bay. Spilled wax can mar the beauty of a wooden deck and may be difficult to remove. Chances are that you will not notice the spill until daylight, and by then the wax will have soaked into the wood. A few household items and a little effort can return your deck to pristine condition.


Step 1

Scrape excess wax from the wood with the back of a spoon, ice scraper, putty knife or similar object that will remove the wax without scraping the wood.

Step 2

If wax has soaked into the grain of the wood or into the seams in the decking, use an iron to melt and remove the remaining wax.

Step 3

Lay a sheet of plain brown paper such as a paper grocery bag over the area. Set the iron to low (no steam) and place over the bag on the waxy area.

Step 4

Let the iron remain on the area for 10 to 15 seconds. Do not rub.

Step 5

Lift the paper. Waxy residue should have lifted from the decking onto the paper.

Step 6

If there is still candle wax on the wood deck, repeat the previous step using a clean section of the brown paper.

Step 7

Melt away any remaining wax with a blow dryer and blot it up with a soft, clean cloth.