Thursday, May 17, 2012

Beneath the Layers of Dust

Today I'm tackling the cleaning up of an old candelabra which has been sitting on my buffet for so long that the crust of wax on the candle holders has collected a 10 year old layer of dust!

So let's get to it.

You can see the crusty layer of wax and dust on the candle holder. When the dust is brown you know the job is long overdue!

The easiest way to tackle such a large amount of wax is to pry it off gently with an old knife.

Once the excess wax has been lifted off it's time to attack the remnants.

You can use a hairdryer for this but I found my heat gun was perfect. The wax melts quickly and at a fairly low temperature but because my candelabra is painted, care is needed to avoid bubbling the paint.

Once melted, just wipe the wax away with paper towel and you're finished!

This took no more than 15 minutes to do - I don't know why I didn't do it sooner. I know that I can be allergic to housework but it was actually fun to clean this up and now it's ready for to be dressed for the dessert buffet - a project for later in the month.

'Til next time.....

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  1. Genius!! I've got a candle that's been absolutely STUCK in a hurricane glass for quite a few years. I knew that one day I'd find a way to get it out. Thanks for the tips! :)

    1. Glad to be able to help! I wish I'd realised how easy it would be to clean this up and I would have done it years ago!


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