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Old 07-31-2006, 10:22 PM   #1
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Candle Wax On Concrete Steps


I've been tuning up a house to sell for a good client and we are both kind of stumped on how to remove candle wax that a tenant let puddle into the back steps. It's been there for a couple of years at least..

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Old 07-31-2006, 10:34 PM   #2
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Re: Candle Wax On Concrete Steps


That's a good question.

I used to use combine wax and acetone and use it on a rag to wipe down our machines to coat the metal and seal out moisture.

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Set it on fire and belt-sand it clean??
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This should work for ya, newpaper and a hot iron. put a few sheets of newpaper on the step and heat it up. I've done the same thing on carpet.. works like a charm.
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Re: Candle Wax On Concrete Steps


Double A - Maybe some acetone or other sovent might help get it out.

Tom - Setting it on fire isn't a bad idea but belt sanding would kind of change the look of the surface which is rather rough textured like stucco or mortar. Personally I'd like to take a jack hammer to the whole mess and replace them with wood but this wouldn't be worth the investment with this particular house going on the market.

Brushslingers - Your newspaper and iron is a great idea and if it doesn't work it won't make it any worse.

Thanks All for your suggestions,

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I got some off a concrete counter using a putty knife, a torch and a pile of mechanics rags.

Scraped off as much as I could, then alternated between the torch and the rags to dab it up. Worked allright, IIRC I had to use a wire brush for a final cleaning.
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have you tried using real hot water and pouring it on the wax, it may melt the wax for easy cleanup and not harm the crete.

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I'm lurking. I have a similar problem except it's on the side of a house that will be painted soon. I was planning to wet blast, It might be a viable idea here too.
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What I've done before was to use my soldering iron and solder sucker. Takes a little time if there's alot of wax and not very friendly to the soldering iron tip, but it worked for me.
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What about those little steam cleaners that they're advertising to clean your bathrooms and kitchen countertops?

http://www.amazon.com/Eureka-350A/dp/B00005QX42

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