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How to Get Candle Wax off Tile Floor with Household Items?

If you are wondering how to get the wax off tile floors, you are in luck and landed on the right page. 

The method is the same for any type of wax – whether it’s candle wax, or eyebrow and hair removal wax – and any type of tile floor – whether ceramic, porcelain, or terracotta tile floor. 


Whether you just have celebrated the birthday of your toddler or a candle-lit dinner with your better half, candles create a beautiful, nostalgic, alluring scene that not only captivates and intrigues everyone but dwells into memory lane as well. 

But it’s not only the memories that stick around, the candle wax will also dwell into your tile floor and the grout if not handled properly. And instead of cherishing the happy moments, you suddenly start to wonder, how to get rid of this wax from the floors and keep your tiles clean and shiny.

Or if you have spilled the eyebrow and hair removal wax on your tile floors, if you don’t use the proper tools and steps, you will make a mess out of it.

Some people use candles to light up their living areas and bathrooms during power outages. Although it is an old-fashioned way, people still use candles for lighting purposes. Candle wax spilled on the bathroom floor not only looks bad but also becomes slippery and dangerous. So, it becomes more important to get the spilled wax off the bathroom floor as soon as possible. 

Fortunately, tile is not the hardest surface to clean. Yes, getting wax off the grout is a daunting task, but it is the wooden floor surface that becomes a royal pain if gets in contact with the resin. 

How To Get Candle Wax Off Tile Floors

infographic on how to get candle wax off tile floor

Getting wax off tile floors is easy and you don’t need to use any harsh chemical cleaners that might ruin the appearance of your floor. All you need is some household items and you are ready to go. 

Things you will need

  • Ice cubes 
  • Plastic zipper bag
  • A plastic card/metal or stiff rubber spatula/a dull knife/a metal spoon – whichever is available
  • A blow dryer 
  • Grout brush or simply an old toothbrush 
  • Paper towel
  • Wet cloth
  • Dry cloth

Step 1: Let the wax dry

Once the wax is spilled on the tile floor, don’t wipe it immediately as this will smear it all around the floor. Let it dry and cool down. This will make it harder and it will become easier to scrub. 

You can speed up this process by putting some ice cubes in a plastic zipper bag and placing that bag on the spill. 

Step 2: Scrub the excess candle wax

Once the spilled wax is hardened, take an old plastic card, a metal spatula or spoon, or a dull knife – whichever is available – and try to scrub it off the floor. 

This is a delicate process and care should be taken so as not to scratch the tiles. Only scrub the upper excess layers of the wax. 

Step 3: Use a blow dryer

Once the excess layer is scrubbed off, now it is time to get rid of all the remaining wax residue that is pasted on the tile floor and grout. 

This step can be done either by using a blow dryer or an iron. I would recommend using a blow dryer because an iron might get damaged during this process. 

Put your blow dryer on high, full heat, and start blowing hot air on the wax. Once it looks wet, wipe it with the help of a wet cloth or a paper towel. Repeat the process as many times as necessary. Change the towel or clean it as needed. 

The same process can be applied to clean the tile grout. The only difference is that you should use an old toothbrush to agitate the wax from the tile grout. 

Step 4: Finishing

After wiping all the wax off the tile floor and grout, you should wipe the floor with a dry towel to clean it properly. Make sure to let the area dry completely before stepping foot on it. 

How To Keep Candle Wax From Spilling On The Floor

Prevention is better than cure. So, wax should not be spilled in the first place to avoid such hard work of wiping the floor clean. The following methods should be used to keep the wax from spilling on the floor. 

  • Place a plate, paper, or cardboard under the candle to prevent the melted wax from dripping on the floor. 
  • Candles should be placed in a glass. This way the wax will spill into the glass and not on the floor. 

Does this method help you in removing wax from your tile floor? Is there any other method you use for this purpose? Please feel free to express your opinion in the comments below.

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