How to Get Candle Wax Off Granite


Candle wax is created when a candle burns. The melting wax can damage the furniture, clothes, and people surrounding the fire area. It is thicker than other kinds of wax because soap is used to produce it. The amount of soot left behind from burning candles depends on what type of material was used in making them and what color they are. Today I will be discussing how to get candle wax off the granite. So let we get started.

How to Get Candle Wax Off Granite

Step-wise Guide on How to Get Candle Wax Off Granite

  • Put some warm water and washing-up liquid over the stain and leave it for some time.
  • Use a scrubbing brush to wash off the wax from the surface of the granite.
  • Use a cloth/rag or sponge dipped in the soapy solution and rub it on the stained area, then rinse it using clean water every couple of minutes to remove any stains and residue leftover by candle wax. This method is good when you have only light wax deposits on your granite countertop or tabletop.
  • For more stubborn candle wax stains use acetone (nail polish remover) instead of hot soapy water as it can dissolve both oils and resins that may be present in the candle wax. Also, do not use nail polish remover on the granite surface for more than two minutes, else it can discolor the stone permanently.
  • Use a cloth or sponge to apply some olive oil over the candle wax stain and gently wipe it off to remove it from the granite without damaging or leaving any residue.
  • When using acetone (nail polish remover) or olive oil, be sure to rub gently to avoid damaging your natural stone countertop/tabletop surface. Always test out each method on a small, inconspicuous area of your granite countertop/tabletop before applying it to a stain to get an idea of how it works and how it will react to stains of various origins candle wax, juice, tar, and grease.
  • Clean the countertop thoroughly with warm water and dry it with a soft cloth/towel to avoid excess moisture that may leave behind stains from water droplets on granite countertops.
  • In concrete, quartz, or marble, it is better to use mild detergents like dishwashing liquid instead of acetone (nail polish remover).
  • Pour some white vinegar over the candle wax stain or pour it directly over the soapy solution while cleaning your granite surface to eliminate any odors left by candle smoke on natural stone surfaces in kitchens, bathrooms, and living room areas. It can also make your granite shine well after every wash, as they have their own preservative qualities that may not be harmful to your stone countertops.
  • If nothing works, you have to contact a professional granite cleaner who will use special chemicals over the surface of your granite to get rid of candle wax or any other stains on natural stone surfaces that may not be removed using regular cleaning and care procedures.    
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Rid of Candle Wax

Precautions While Performing How to Get Candle Wax Off Granite

  • Never use hot water or strong chemicals to get candle wax off granite stone surface as it may damage the granite and make permanent marks.
  • If you have a rough-hewn stone, use fine-grit sandpaper to clean or polish the surface of your stone slab before removing candle wax.
  • Always perform this process on a small scale and test the effect on some other area to avoid any unwanted harm to your precious stone paneling. Check out some tips at the bottom while trying new methods like using vegetable oil etc…
  • Before making any attempts ensure that you are not wearing jewelry such as rings, earrings, bracelets, necklaces, etc. Before trying to get candle wax off granite stone. Metal or any other material may get stuck between the candle wax and surface of your granite and damage your precious stone paneling.
  • If you have a glass candle holder, then face it towards a wall while removing candle wax so that no hot wax drips onto your land or furniture; otherwise, it will create ugly stains on the same.
  • Before starting this process, ensure that there is enough ventilation in that room as heat is given out by melting candles generates many fumes, which can cause headaches or skin allergies if inhaled for a prolonged period.

How to Store Candles?

If you want a candle to last longer than one or two uses, your safety needs to store it correctly. While too much heat is bad for just about anything, wax, in particular, does not do well with extreme temperatures. The warmer the temperature, the quicker it will melt and spill over onto your furniture or flooring.

This can permanently stain surfaces if left unattended until it seeps deep into the material underneath, so it’s important to make sure you store your candles correctly. Some people choose to keep them in a cool, dark place like a closet, while others prefer the more decorative look of tea light holders on their mantlepieces or dining room table.

Don’t Let Candles Burn All The Way Down.

Many people make a common mistake with their home-burned candles allowing them to burn all the way down because they’re too busy and forget about it until it’s too late. This can be dangerous because as the flame gets closer and closer to the melted wax, bits will start falling off and onto your furniture or flooring, where they will get stuck and become impossible to remove without making an even bigger mess than you had to begin with.

To avoid this, you should burn your candles for only a few hours at a time so that they never have enough time to meet all the way down.

 Meet all the way down

Try Using A Candle Snuffer Instead of Extinguishing With Water

A candle snuffer is an inexpensive device most commonly used by candle makers while working on their products, but it’s also available for purchase from some retailers if you want one just for home use. It looks almost like a wire mesh with a handle attached, making it easy to grip and control as you hold it over the wick when there are still flames present.

Once you’ve done this, push the top of the mesh downwards and close around the wick until it has been extinguished and the wax can cool properly.

Even professional candle makers prefer to use these because they cause less of a mess and are easier to clean than putting out a flame with water which is liable to get all over everything else nearby. Also, if you have any water spills or accidents, using a dishrag with dry hands can help soak excess moisture without leaving unwanted stains on your surfaces.

No matter what you choose for storing, ensure you’re not leaving it in an area with too much heat or direct sunlight so it doesn’t burn up before it’s time. Anyone who wants to give them as gifts should consider buying metal tea light holders or other decorative containers instead of wrapping them up in foil or plastic wrap to keep them from getting damaged during shipping.

The best thing you can do is give it time to cool before burning anything down all the way, and make sure never to use water or any other liquid for putting out a flame once the wax has already spilled over onto your flooring or countertops.


I hope you have clearly understood how to get candle wax off the granite. Also, ensure proper safety while performing the process. Thank you, and have a nice day!

Jennifer Branett
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