Whether from a splattered candle or spilled at-home spa treatment, you might find yourself with a wax mess on your hands – or walls. We’ll show you how to safely remove candle wax from your painted plaster or sheetrock walls so they can get back to looking good as new.
Clorox® Scentiva® Scentiva® Disinfecting Multi-Surface Cleaner
Paper towel or microfiber cloth
Remove excess wax
If your wall is painted plaster, scrape away excess wax with a plastic spoon. If, however, your wall is painted sheetrock, proceed with caution as sheetrock is more easily damaged than plaster.
Plug in your iron, using the extension cord if needed, and select the lowest temperature setting.Tip
Make sure you have a place to safely set the iron while you are working so you don’t damage a tabletop or your floor.
Prepare paper bag
While you wait for the iron to heat up, cut open the brown paper bag so that it is one flat, unfolded piece.
When the iron is hot, hold the brown bag over the wax and gently press the iron over it in a circular motion. Dark spots will appear on the bag where the wax is melting and absorbing onto the paper.Tip
Don’t let the iron rest in one place for more than a few seconds to avoid scorching the wall, just as you would want to avoid scorching fabric.
Repeat as necessary
Reposition the bag so you can absorb more wax, repeating until no more wax transfers to the bag.
Clean remaining residue
Hold Clorox® Scentiva Disinfecting Multi-Purpose Spray Cleaner 6-8 inches from the wall and spray. Wipe clean with a paper towel or microfiber cloth to remove any remaining wax residue on the wall.
Frequently asked questions
- How do you remove wax from wallpaper?
To avoid damaging wallpaper by exposing it to the heat of an iron, test first in an inconspicuous area to make sure you can safely use an iron on the wallpaper. If you see any discoloration or loosening of the adhesive, you may need to patch the wallpaper instead of removing the stain.