Candle Wax Drips - Clean Up the Wax!
One year, during our Christmas presentation at church, the kids carrying candles dripped wax all over the place. The pastor's wife asked me to clean what I could off the floor, off the pews, off the kneeling stand, off the tablecloths, off the carpet. As for the floor, I scraped it the same way as I do for the table. She showed me how to get it off the other items, and it works very well:
We got an iron, and lots of stiff paper towels (the ones that are more papery and not the soft, cushiony absorbent ones - similar to a brown paper bag, which should work, as well). I heated the iron to a safe temperature for the area I worked in (higher for the cloths and lower for the carpet and pews - the nylon and synthetic fibers can melt). The trick is to place the towel on top of the wax, then place the iron on top of the paper. It wicks the wax right up into the paper - if more wax needs to wick, keep moving the paper to a clean spot. In most areas I had to do this over and over until no more wax wicked up. Do not use steam. Slick trick! Now I might even try lighting candles in other areas of the house - not so hard to clean anymore! If on a tablecloth or other that you can get on both sides, it should help to put the paper on both the top and bottom to wick both sides. If further wicking is needed, put the iron on the other side, but keep moving the paper to a clean area to wick. Sometimes freezing the items with the wax helps it break off in pieces. So, candle wax drips can often be cleaned up from carpets, upholstery, glass, and other odd surfaces. PR