Jeffrey D
Jeffrey D
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  • Red Bank, NJ
Asked on Aug 31, 2012

Hello, I spilled a citronella candle on my new patio. Is there any way to remove the dark stain?

KMS Woodworks360 Sod (Donna Dixson)Woodbridge Environmental Tiptophouse.com

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I used a hot iron to remove most of the wax but the stain still remains. Would a power washer do the trick?
3 answers
  • That is the new patio? ouch. Once the wax gets into the stone surface it is going to be impossible to pull it back out. I would suggest that you pick up some granite sealer and seal the top of the stones so this or any grease from cooking does not go further into staining it any more. You could perhaps attempt to power wash, but be careful as the extreme pressures can erode the surface of the stone and make it even more noticeable over a longer period of time. Do you have any left over stones? Perhaps the installer can pull those few out and replace with new? Bob

  • 360 Sod (Donna Dixson)
    on Sep 1, 2012

    I wonder if you could use a steam method to get out the wax like you would on a fabric?

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Sep 1, 2012

    You can find commercial wax remover at some "hobby shops" that cater to candle makers. These use a oil based solvent that removes wax from molds etc. Being an oil based solvent is may also stain your patio as well so it would be good to test it in a piece of scrap if available...To remove the "solvent" of the wax remover a liquid dish soap will do a good job..this and lots of rinsing scrubbing with a scrub brush it should bring it back to near normal... once you get it cleaned up, seal everything to reduce this from happening in the future.

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