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How to Get Wax Off Tile?

Old Wax or Wax from dinner and party candles can turn yellow and appear dirty or dull, even with the best maintenance and care. Therefore, how should you get was off tiles?

Frequent or routine cleaning is necessary to prevent stains and dirt from building up in your wax layer. The guide is all about helping you remove old industrial wax, candle wax, or any form of wax that is building up on your floor.


How to Get Wax Off Tile Floor?

A workman must sharpen his tools if he is to do his work well. Before you get into the cleaning process, you need to prepare suitable tools.  You will need:

  • A dull knife
  • Ice
  • An iron
  • A brown paper or plastic bag
  • Scraper
  • Regular cleaning
  • Method 1: Use ice cubes

Rub or apply the ice cubes over the wax to help it clamp or solidify. Use a scraper or a dull knife to carefully chip or remove it off.

If there are some traces or residue remaining or the stubborn type, lay a brown cotton paper bag over the spill.

  • Method 2: Use an iron

Rub an iron on the paper but ensure the iron is on low heat. Rub the iron over the brown paper, and rotate the bag to ensure it covers all the affected areas. The brown paper bag, when heated it melts the wax and then absorbs it.

If there are some stains or dye left between the tile or on the tiles, use vinegar to clean any traces of colored spots or stains.

  • Step by step cleaning

step by step guide on removing wax

Step 1: Wash or strip old wax from tiles with ammonia and dishwasher detergent.

Use a soft cotton sponge mob to smear or saturate your tiles with a solution of two gallons of hot water, one cup of non-bleaching detergent, and two cups of distilled ammonia.

Allow the solution to concentrate on the tiles for two minutes. Scrub using a wooden spatula or any softwood spoon or the mop’s edge, then dry the extra liquid.

Go over the tile again with clean or clear hot water; using your soft or wooden scrubber will remove any traces of wax in between the tiles.

  • Cleaning Tips

You will need to scrub the corners and around the baseboards with soft cotton or by hand.

Dry the floor with cotton rags or old towels to see any left traces of wax.

Step 2: Removing wax using ammonia and water.

Mix 120 ml of ammonia with 7.75 L of warm and clean water. Use this solution to clean or mob your vinyl or ceramic floor.

Let the solution sit on the affected areas by the wax for ten minutes. Dry the tiles using old cotton rags or towels.

If you spot some wax buildup, you can use hot water to clean ceramics or epoxy tiles by mixing 120 ml of ammonia with two gallons of hot water and clean the floor with a rigid foam rag.

Step 3: Use warm water, laundry detergent, and ammonia.

Mob your tiles with a solution of 180mL of ammonia, one cup of laundry detergent, and one gallon of hot water.

Allow the solution to sit or cover the affected parts for twenty minutes. Then scrub the floor with a soft sponge and rinse the solution from the floor to avoid further bleaching.

You can try some stripping methods on your ceramic tiles by adding one cup of white vinegar, one cup of ammonia, and one gallon of hot water and repeat the process.


How to Remove Candle Wax from Tiles?

The following are the methods by which you can remove candle wax from your tile floors.

  • Method 1: Removing wax by freezing

If there’s a lot of spilled wax on your tiles, try to use a butter knife or a stiff knife to scrape the wax out of your floor.

But, if the wax buildup is in the tiles’ comers, you might need a freezing agent. Something like a cold soda or ice, to solidify the ice for easy removal.

Scraping and freezing the wax is an ideal method to use if you are trying to clean soft tiles, cast iron, and marble.

  • Method 2: Solidifying

If your candle has dripped down or ran on your tiles, leave the wax to cool or solidify completely (if the wax spills next to a window or any cool space), the drips or wax will flick off more easily.

But if the wax has had a far fall that creates splashes try to place the ice pack or something more relaxed.


How to Remove Factory Wax from Tile Floors?

Most manufacturers always tend to apply a thin wax coating on the porcelain tiles before they ship them. The wax coating is meant to protect the tiles’ surfaces from scratches as they are shipped and when installing them.

However, these waxes create a dull and muddy surface on the tiles, thus may interfere with the other sealing products.

It is vital to remove this factory wax from tiles before or after installing them, and the following is what you should follow for a successful removal:

  • After installing the tiles, pour a small amount of wax stripper for easy wax removal.
  •  Scrub the tiles’ surface using a poultice. You can use a nylon emulsifying pad if you do not have a plaster.
  • Use water and a clean cloth to rinse your tile.
  • If there are still signs of a wax coating, consider repeating the whole process to remove all the wax coating.


Tips and Advice for Cleaning Wax on Tiles

how to get candle wax off floor tiles

To achieve the best and wax-free tiles, you will need to perfectly clean off the wax from your tiles always after installing them.

There might be different forms of wax appearing on your tiles, some wax is from the factory, and some are from candles at home; the following tips can remove either of them:

  •  Use of ammonia

Ammonia is among the most robust cleaners. It is crucial for one always to remember not to mix it with chlorine or any other chloride products since it will lead to the production of toxic gases.

It effectively removes wax from tiles by only mixing it with hot or warm water. However, when combined with laundry detergents, it becomes more effective than even when mixed with water.

You can choose to mix the three for perfection, that is, a cup of ammonia, two liters of water, and one cup of the detergent of your choice.

This process requires the following essentials:

  • Ammonia
  • Any laundry detergent
  • Water
  • A sponge

When wax stays on resilient floors for a long time, they end up becoming yellow, making your floor look dull and old before even the end of their lifetime.

Step 1: Mix one cup of ammonia and two liters of water and use it to remove all the old wax from your tile floors and freshen them up.

Step 2: Mix the solution and let it settle for about five minutes, use nylon or a plastic scouring pad to get rid of the old wax on tiles.

Step 3: Then wipe away all the leftover residues using a clean piece of cloth or a sponge, thoroughly rinse the floor to finalize the whole procedure.

  • Use of candle wax remover

The method is applicable when cleaning a candle or any spilled wax on your tiles. Wait for the wax to cool and harden. After it has cooled, use plastic or something like an old credit card to scrape off the tiles, you should be more careful when scraping.

You will need the following to make this a success:

  • Candle wax remover
  • Plastic card
  • Grout brush
  • Wet cloth
  • Dry cloth

Step 1: Position your plastic or card at an angle that does not cause over scraping or applying much force against the surface.

Step 2: After you are done scraping, use the candle wax remover to remove the stubborn wax remaining.

Step 3: Use a grout brush to scrub the wax remover into the grout.

Step 4: Use a wet cloth to rinse off the area and then let it dry.

  • Use of  Vinegar

how to get wax off ceramic tile

Vinegar works best on vinyl and linoleum tiled floors; start by ventilating the room; do this by opening the windows or doors or even both.

Step 1: Wear a pair of rubber gloves to offer yourself protection from other side effects brought about by the cleaning products you are about to use.

Step 2: Mix one cup of household vinegar and one cup of tartar cream in a bucket; using a mop, carefully apply the solution on the tile flooring and allow it to settle for about five minutes to unfasten the old wax built up.

Step 3: After the wax has loosened, consider scrubbing it with a nylon scouring pad, wipe away any excess or residues using a sponge or a clean damp piece of cloth.

Step 4: Finalize the process by thoroughly mopping the floor using clean water to rinse, then use a clean towel to dry the tiles and later apply fresh coating if any needed.

However, most tiled floors do not require waxing to maintain their shiny appearances, but vinyl and linoleum require waxing for maintenance.

Therefore, frequent cleaning is always a requirement to ensure that dirt and stains do not build up on the wax layer.

  • Use of an iron 

It one of the simplest ways of cleaning wax from tiles flooring. It does not require the use of any harsh floor cleaners, It also takes very little time to achieve back the shiny appearance on the tiles.

Step 1: Using a plastic or metal spatula, scrape off from the tiles, be more careful to ensure that you do not scratch the tiles.

Step 2: Place a twelve-layered paper towel over the wax on the tiles and make sure it covers it completely.

Step 3: Heat your iron to medium heat, then iron it over the paper towels to melt the wax and absorb it. As wax soaks through, replace the paper towels to avoid damaging the iron.

Step 3: Wipe the tiles using water and then dry them to remove the remaining loose wax residue.

  • Additional advice for cleaning wax from tiles

1. Always avoid using petroleum-based candles because they have very strong dyes that can be difficult to remove through the general wax removal processes.

If there are options, go for them or find a way of preventing the wax from spilling on the floors.

2. To prevent candle wax from dropping on tiles that can easily stain, use a candle holder or place small dishes under candles to hold the wax instead of leaving it to drip on the floors.



Using the best and cheapest way to get rid of wax from tile flooring is every homeowner’s goal. It is typical for the wax to accumulate on the tiles surface due to different reasons.

Proper tiles maintenance means long-lasting and shiny tiles in your house. The most recommended products for removing Wax are ammonia and vinegar. Creating each mixture with water gives you the best cleaning product, gentle on your tiles and hands.

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