how to remove wax from a coffee table

Removing Wax from a Coffee Table

No one likes it when things get sticky, so when wax gets on a coffee table top it can be a source of frustration. Luckily, wax is not hard to remove, with a few simple steps.

Varying Removals Methods

Depending on the type of surface and amount of wax, the removal method can be modified. Here are a few ideas each depending on the size of the wax stain:

  • Small Stain: For a smaller wax stain, the simplest way to remove it is to reach for some ice cubes. Put a few cubes onto the wax and let them sit a few minutes. After a few minutes the wax should become brittle and be able to be flaked away.
  • Medium Stain: If your stain takes up more of the table top, it’s time to break out the hairdryer. Set the hairdryer to its lowest setting and direct the air directly onto the wax until it starts to melt. Wipe away the excess melted wax with a soft cloth.
  • Large Stain: For the biggest of wax stains, it’s time to resort to more drastic measures. Start by filling a pot with boiling water and adding a few tablespoons of baking soda. Wait for the water to come to a full boil and then submerge a cloth in it. Wring it out and lay it onto the wax stain until it cools off. The wax should now be able to be removed without effort.

Aftercare Instructions

Regardless of the removal method used, it’s important to minimize further wax entanglement. And it’s a safe bet to think about how the wax got on the table in the first place. If candles were the culprit, consider disallowing those on the table or repositioning them and their holder.

When wax and other substances come into contact with wood, they can potentially damage its finish. To protect the table and avoid future wax accumulations, it’s recommended to coat with a protective sealer.

With a bit of luck, you’ll have removed the wax and hopefully prevented it coming back. Now you can enjoy your coffee table free of wax and sticky feelings.

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