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How to remove Candle Wax from your Antique Furniture

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It’s Christmas Time.  The most wonderful time of the year.  I personally love Christmas and getting together with friends and family.

This is also the season for candles. And lots of them. Either on your beautiful dining table to create a warm and charming ambience, or placed throughout the home infusing holiday scents into the air.  Whichever it is, candle wax can get on furniture. And removing it can damage your antique furniture if you’re not careful.

The first thing to remember that candle wax must be left to harden before attempting any removal of any kind.  Follow these simple steps outlined below and removal will be problem free.

Tools and Materials you’ll need.

• Soft cotton rag

• #0000 steel wool

• ice cube

• credit card or plastic scraper

Removing Candle Wax from Furniture

1) Freeze the wax

Use an ice cube to harden the wax drippings, making them brittle.

2) Scrape the area

Use a plastic paint scraper or the edge of a credit card to scrape all the wax from the furniture finish surface as gently as possible.

Removing Candle Wax from Furniture

3) Rub out the affected area

Apply a cream polish to the furniture surface using #0000 steel wool. Rub with the grain of the wood; this will remove any remaining wax residue.

4) Polish the area

Buff the repair area to a luster similar to that of the surrounding finish using a soft cotton cloth.

Please note, that neither I nor the Antique Warehouse accept any responsibility if you damage your furniture.  This blog is meant as a suggestion only.

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3 thoughts on “How to remove Candle Wax from your Antique Furniture

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    have al of your friend sign the couch slip cover. The dining
    room chairs will add a fresh look to the home and give
    any do it yourselfer great satisfaction. Trim off excess fabrics.

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