How to Remove Furniture Wax Stains

Furniture wax in and of itself will not stain your furniture, but it can stain your clothing and other fabrics that come in contact with it. It can also create buildup on furniture if you use it regularly. In this article, we’re going to look at how to remove furniture wax stains from wood and clothing.

How to Remove Furniture Wax Stains

How to Remove Furniture Wax Stains From Wood

Furniture wax is supposed to be used on wood during the wood finishing process, why would we have to worry about the wax staining it? After awhile, wax-based furniture polishes can start to create a buildup that attracts dust and dirt to your table. Thankfully, it is simple to get rid of furniture wax stains from your wood furniture.

What you will need:

  • White vinegar
  • Water
  • Soft cotton, lint-free cloths
  1. Mix a solution of equal parts white vinegar and water. The amount of solution that you mix will depend on how large the surface is that you are removing the build-up from; it’s better to start with less and make more as you need it.
  2. Dampen one of the cloths with the solution and use it to wipe the wood surface. This solution will break down and remove the wax stains and buildup that you are getting on your wood surface. Make sure that each of your strokes follows the grain of the wood. Replace the cloth as necessary so that the wax buildup is not redeposited.
  3. Dry the wood surface with another clean cloth and allow it to sit. This will help to eliminate any potential moisture damage from the solution. Repeat the process as necessary. It will depend on how often you are actually polishing your furniture as to how often you will have to do this, but it should not be more than every six months to a year.

How to Remove Furniture Wax Stains From Fabric

When you are waxing your furniture, there are probably times that you will accidentally get some on your sleeves or clothing. Do not fret; all is not lost. Getting rid of furniture wax stains that get on your clothing or other fabrics is fairly simple.

What you will need:

  1. Dip the cloth into the mineral spirits. Gently rub the cloth onto the stain and allow the spirits to sit for one minute. This will allow the spirits to set in and start to “eat away” at the stain.
  2. Take the cloth and blot the stain and mineral spirits. You may have to repeat this several times before the stain lightens enough for the next part. Replace the cloth if necessary.
  3. Note: Make sure that you read the instructions on your clothing before you do this part; if your clothing is dry-clean only, just continue the above process until the furniture wax stain disappears. Otherwise, the acetone in the nail polish remover could make your clothing disintegrate.
  4. Take a cotton ball with acetone nail polish remover and dab the affected area carefully, soaking up what is left of the stain.
  5. Launder the clothing or fabric as you usually would. Make sure to check the article of clothing or fabric before you switch it into the dryer; if the stain is still there, air dry the clothing. If you do not, the stain could set in permanently and be more difficult to remove using this method. So, if the stain is not gone, allow the clothing to dry and then repeat the above process until the stain is eliminated.