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Unread 06-11-2007, 03:39 PM   #1
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How to remove wax from concrete?

I accidentally knocked over a big citronella candle on my front patio. Can anyone suggest a way to remove the stain? I managed to get the majority of it off by scraping and using heat. Is there some sort of acid easily available that would clean the rest up?

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Unread 06-11-2007, 04:59 PM   #2
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http://home.howstuffworks.com/how-to...wax-stains.htm
Remove Candle Wax Stains From:
Acrylic Plastic, Alabaster, Aluminum, Bamboo, Bluestone,
Brass, Bronze, Cane, Ceramic Glass/Tile, Concrete,
Copper, Enamel, Flagstone, Glass, Gold, Granite, Grout,
lron, Ivory, Jade, Limestone, Marble, Paint/Flat, Paint/Gloss,
Pewter, Plexiglas, Polyurethane, Porcelain, Sandstone,
Slate, Stainless, Steel, Terrazzo, Tin, Vinyl Clothing

Freeze to harden the wax, then gently scrape the residue from the surface. Take care not to scratch the surface. This should be sufficient. Wipe with a sponge dipped in a solution of washing soda or detergent and water. Rinse well and wipe dry.



Not sure how you'd freeze it. Maybe dry ice? Or a can of compressed air tipped upside down.
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Q. I am hoping someone can help me. My husband was waxing our van when the wax accidentally dumped over. It was on a ledge by the window, so as a result, it splattered (or poured rather) all over the brick of our home and the concrete driveway. Any ideas on how to remove this? We have tried scrubbing it, but to no avail. I would appreciate any input! Thanks!!
A. What I would try is laying an old clean towel over the wax and apply heat to the top of the towel with a hot iron. This may cause the towel to absorb the heated wax. Repeat as many times as necessary, while using a clean area of the towel each time. Karri
A. This is not so much a how-to but a what-to-do-first. Car waxes are made of many things a lot of them not wax. Polyester resins for example(polycoat). read the label for the ingredients. find out which cleaners will be effective. Check the bottle for the internet site of the company. Even if one is not listed use internet directories to find them. rearent companies are almost all on the internet. The FAQ section may give you the information you need. If not e-mail them with the problem you are having with their product. They will usually reply; they want to keep you as a customer. Good Luck, Michael.
A. Try spraying it with full strength white vinegar. It should help break down the wax. If it's thick it might take several shots to get it all. Good luck! Kelly
A. Wax comes off most everything with ice and cold. if you live in a climate where there is snow and cold, that time of year will be your best to get the wax off. Otherwise, invest in a bag of ice, don't open it and rub on brick a section at a time. Carefully using a putty knife, it should crack right off. Jean


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Melt with torch then soak up with toilet paper.
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Melt with torch then soak up with toilet paper.
Just leave the torch on it a little longer and it will burn off and you can save your toilet paper for important things.
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That'll work too. It not like it'll hurt the concrete anyway.
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That'll work too. It not like it'll hurt the concrete anyway.

Come to think of it extended heat on the concrete will hurt the concrete. If you put a torch to the concrete for a long time it will cause the water in the concrete to cook off and blow a big spall out of the concrete so keep the heat to the minimum needed to burn the wax without blowing up the concrete.
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replace the concrete. It's time for something new.

I suggest this:

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Come to think of it extended heat on the concrete will hurt the concrete. If you put a torch to the concrete for a long time it will cause the water in the concrete to cook off and blow a big spall out of the concrete so keep the heat to the minimum needed to burn the wax without blowing up the concrete.

concrete is a rock, it doesnt have water in it. STUPID!

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concrete is a rock, it doesnt have water in it. STUPID!
Concrete is calcium silicate with crystalized water inside.
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Concrete is calcium silicate with crystalized water inside.
Nope. It's a rock. like asphault, coral, and comets. All rocks
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Nope. It's a rock. like asphault, coral, and comets. All rocks
asphault is not a rock... unless tar is a rock. Coral is not a rock, how can it be if it is living? Did you learn anything in school?

Edit: arent comets chunks of ice?
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Nope. It's a rock. like asphault, coral, and comets. All rocks
Arg, google it if you have to, but asphalt is oil, coral is calcium carbonate, and comet is well, depends on what type of comet.
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