From birthday candles to romantic candle-lit dinners, candles are one of the everyday items in the home.
However, it tends to melt in areas least expected. Waxes are also tricky to clean, especially when it drips on a hard surface.
When you try to rub it off, the candle wax smears around, but if yours melt on a tile floor surface, you are in luck.
Gladly, tile floors are not easily damaged compared to wood floors, carpets, or upholstery that may absorb spills.
Even though tiles are one of the most accessible surfaces to remove candle wax from, the grout between the tiles complicates the cleaning process.
Thankfully, there are some tricks you can employ to get the wax off your tiles and the grout, and you don’t even have to use an iron or any harsh cleanser.
In this article, we would give the steps to remove candle wax from your tile floors in minutes and provide additional tips to make the cleaning process easy and prevent the situation from reoccurring.
What You Will Need To Remove Candle Wax From Tile Floors
· Ice cube
· A dull knife or a Plastic card or a metal spatula
· An iron
· A brown paper bag
· Candle wax remover
· Wet cloth
· Grout brush
· Dry cloth
Step by Step Process to Remove the Wax:
Here are the steps you should follow:
Begin by rubbing an ice cube over the wax to ensure it solidifies. Please wait for it, and immediately it is cool and hardened.
If it is a minor stain, you can use your fingernail to chip it off carefully.
For tougher wax stains, you would need a dull knife, metal spatula, or an old plastic card to remove as much wax as possible off.
But be careful of scratching the tile surface. Angle the card to take off most of the wax and not scrape forcefully against the tile floor.
When there is still stubborn wax residue on the tile floors, put a layer of paper towels or brown paper bag over the candle wax to cover it completely.
Heat your iron to medium level, move it gently over the paper towels or brown paper bag, and rotate it to other areas. The candle wax should absorb into the bag or paper towel.
Gradually, as the paper towel absorbs the wax, you should change the paper towels or paper bags to avoid damaging the iron.
Keep ironing the top until the wax is eliminated from the tile floor.
Then, rinse the area, and wipe the tile with water to get out every loose wax residue.
· Avoid using petroleum-based candles in your homes. They have vital dyes, which makes cleaning difficult.
· Use candle holders or put a small dish under the candle to keep the wax from dripping onto your tile floors, the grout, or any surface that can be stained.
· After doing the above steps, you can wipe the stained part of the floor with a sponge soaked in a solution of detergent, water, and washing soda. Then rinse the spots well and clean them until it’s dried.
· If you can still see dye stains on your floor even after the steps above, you should stain the edge of plain cloth with alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, or baking soda to wipe the wax residue off the floor and rinse the clean area.
· While cleaning the wax off, ensure the grout of the tiles is not ignored, and you can also let liquid like alcohol or hydrogen peroxide reach the hidden areas and the grout.