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I was burning a candle & wax spilled all over my timber TV cabinet. How do I go about removing it without damaging the timber?


Posted by sanjipanj, 31st January 2014


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  • Probably best to pop over at your local hardware or Bunnings and they can recommend a solvent for you to remove it without damaging the paint work . The sales assistant can be very helpful in a dlilemma like this one .


  • Well what worked here for Sanjipan we would all like to know.


  • put something to soak it up and then iron on top of that.


  • chip off as much as you can and then use something to absorb it under an iron


  • Try to heat it with a hairdryer then wipe it off with paper towels so it can soak up most of it.


  • i hope you got rid of them! WD40 is awesome


  • there are some good comments here


  • WD- 40 it seriously works wonders, spot test first but you should have no problems!


  • Fishing line pull under it to lift off and use a bit of Eucalyptus oil to remove the remainder, If it is woodgrain the wax sits in the lines.


  • you could try scraping it off


  • Use a hair dryer to soften the wax & remove it with a Teflon kitchen spatula. Any remains spray with Mr Sheen then simply wipe off.


  • Has it gone really hard.. Try scraping with some thing plastic, and then if any left, put some ice in an old piece of cloth, and standing there press hard on the rest. Use the scraper again to finally get it clear, and hopefully you havent lost the lacquer on the wood.. If you have then stand a small vase over that spot to hide it, with perhaps a doyley underneath….


  • I’d agree with the suggestions below – freezing or heating works and in this case it seems freezing is not an option. Good luck!


  • if you scrape it off be careful not to damage the wood underneath. so use a soft plastic thing such as spatula.


  • I would try to scrape off as much as possible with a plastic card and them use a hot cloth to wipe the rest away from the wood.


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