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How to Clean Up Candle Wax

How do I clean the wax from my utensils and molds?

It's really not very difficult when you stop and think about it. Since heat melts wax, we're going to use heat to clean up! Get an old cookie sheet and line it with 3-4 layers of paper towels. Turn all your candle making tools and utensils upside down on top of the paper towels. Place it in the oven on "keep warm" for about 5 minutes. All the wax will melt and drip onto the paper towels. Now simply take each utensil out of the oven and while it's still warm and wipe it with a clean paper towel. It's ready for the next use! Be very careful because even on "keep warm" the utensils can become very hot. I usually use an old leather glove to pick the utensils from the cookie sheet to hold while I wipe it with a clean paper towel. Be extra careful cleaning molds because the edges can be very sharp and will cut you if you're not careful. I don't recommend ever using the cookie sheet again for baking or for any other type of food, so use an old one and use it only for candle clean up.

How do I clean my Presto Pot or wax melt pot and have it ready for my next batch of candles?

Here again, using heat is the trick. Immediately after you pour the last of your wax from your pot, wipe it a few times with a clean paper towel while it is still very warm. In order to get the fragrance out of the wax melt pot, we use Cajun Clean on the paper towels to ensure that the pot is clean and pure for the next batch of wax.

I have wax all over my counter tops, how can I get it off?

It depends on the type of counter top you have. If it is a scratch resistant surface I recommend using a simple paint scraper to remove the bulk of the wax, then using a little bit of Cajun Clean on a clean paper towel and wipe it off. If your counter tops are not scratch resistant you'll need to melt the wax down with either a heat gun or a hair dryer and dab it up as the wax melts. Finish by using some Cajun Clean on a clean paper towel to remove the excess wax.

I have spilled melted wax on my carpet or floor, help me!

If your floor is not carpeted, you'll follow the directions listed above for cleaning wax off your counter tops. Using that method should clean you floor perfectly. If you spilled melted candle wax in your carpet it's a little more difficult, not impossible, but difficult. Moving fast to clean it up will improve your odds greatly of removing the wax from the carpet. Of course, it also depends on the type of carpet you have. Some carpets clean up easier than others. We won't get into the various carpets because at this point it really doesn't matter. You need to move quickly to get as much of the wax up as possible and as quickly as possible. Of course the wax dries fast once it hits the carpet, leaving a ugly mess.

Using a heat gun or hair dryer, melt the wax and dab it constantly with paper towels, changing the paper towels out frequently so you're constantly picking up wax from the carpet. If you use a heat gun be aware that heat guns get very hot, the heat can damage your carpet and if you're not careful it can burn it or catch it on fire. Be careful! Once you have removed about all you can using this method let it sit a few minutes so that the excess wax can set and get firm again.

Now take some paper towels, a stack of 2-3 paper towels should do it, lay it on the carpet where the wax spilled and go over it with your iron, yes the same iron you iron your clothes with. Depending on the type of carpet, the heat from the iron should melt the wax and draw it into the paper towels, hopefully leaving your carpet almost as good as before. To finish use a little Cajun Clean on a paper towel and wipe the carpet to remove any excess wax. Try this on an inconspicuous place first to make sure there will be no damage to your carpet. Be sure to clean all the wax from your iron before you iron your husbands shirt!


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