Thursday, March 21, 2013
Removing Candlewax from... Your Wall!
We were recently burning a warm, cozy, wintry-smelling candle on the shelf of our entertainment center. A big glass jar full of dark green, pine scented wax had been burning for hours and made the living room smell like a walk in the forest (with a smattering of thoughts toward Christmas thrown in).
Joe and I happened to both be in the kitchen, when all of a sudden we heard a loud crash. We cranked our necks to look at each other with saucer-sized eyes and dashed into the living room.
The shelf brackets had given way and all of my beloved tchotchkes; framed pictures, assorted vases, and that jar full of melted, green wax, plunged to the floor. We don't like excessive clutter, so I don't think it was because it was too heavy. I'm not sure why it collapsed. Most was salvageable, I just had to wash the waxy green splatters off.
However, the one heart-breaking thing that broke was my beloved Alvar Aalto vase that I obtained personally while visiting Finland in 2000. It was one of my favorite take-home souvenirs from that trip. It smashed to smithereens. So bummed.
Besides that, the melted green wax splattered all over the wall and dripped down behind the TV. [sigh]
It was a 3' x 2' dripping green stain that stayed there for two weeks because I absolutely dreaded the chore of trying to get it off. I was afraid it would require scraping and washing and repainting. Ugh.
Finally, I worked up the gumption to get it done. And I remembered seeing (about two decades ago!) a friend of mine use an iron and paper towel on a similar wax stain (though, one tenth the size and pale pink!) on her wall.
(In the picture above, you can see at the top where I had started the process when I remembered to take a picture... because you just never know the things you may want to blog about and it's always good to have pictures available!)
I figured it was worth giving it a try on my Hulkish stain. If nothing else, it might at least reduce the scraping I'd have to do.
So, I ironed and ironed and ironed, and went through scads of paper towel.
And it worked marvelously! Look at that... almost no trace of there having been a stain there at all. I followed up with just a warm, damp rag - and it was like it never happened.
So, if you ever splatter wax (no matter the color) on your wall, remember you can just iron it away!
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Posted by Pam O'Brien