How can I remove red candle stain residue from my fireplace?


I had set red candles in a Christmas decorative candle holder just before Christmas for ornamentation. When the fireplace was lit, the candles drooped and the heat melted some onto the mantle where it shows. I scraped off the wax but the red stain remains. What can I do to remove that stain. Thank you for your help.

  14 answers
  • William William on Jan 08, 2022

    Place brown paper bag over the stain. Set an iron to high heat and go over the paper. Make a slurry paste of baking soda and water. Pour it over the stain. Cover with plastic wrap. Let it sit till dry, preferably overnight. Wipe off.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jan 08, 2022

    Hi, Try to Iron it out! Use kitchen tissue or absorbant fabric and Iron over to melt the wax which should melt into the tissue or cloth.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Jan 08, 2022

    You could use a brown paper bag or paper towels over the wax stain and iron without steam. That should take care of the melted wax that has soaked into your mantle. Next make a paste of baking soda and water to the consistency of tooth paste and apply it to the remainder of the stain, put plastic sheeting over it over night. Wipe it off in the morning, it should be gone. Best to you.

  • Since it sounds like you have the wax off, here's a link with details on using vinegar for the stain:

  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Jan 08, 2022

    Hi Ticia, what is your mantle made of?

  • Deb K Deb K on Jan 09, 2022

    Hi Ticia, hope this helps you out, How do you get candle wax off a mantle?

    Rub an ice cube on the wax until it hardens fully, then use a dull knife to chip off the wax. If any wax remains, lay a paper bag or several paper towels over the area. Heat an iron on the lowest setting and rub the warm iron over the paper bag or paper towels until the wax soaks into the paper.

  • Ticia Ticia on Jan 09, 2022

    Thank you for all the suggestions at removing the wax which I have already done. The questions is how to get the red stain off the mantle which is some formulation of stone. It is not actual stone nor concrete so I don't know what to do to get it off. Was thinking perhaps vinegar might remove the stain but was thinking someone might actually know what to do. It's been said "if it's red you're dead' but am happy for all the suggestions that have been made. Thank you. Will try the vinegar. Had to put this reply here as I don't know how to add to my question.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Jan 09, 2022

    Try heating with a blow dryer and scraping off. A cleaning paste with sponge should also get it off. Baking soda and hydrogen peroxide mixed or you can buy one like bio cleaner.

  • Mogie Mogie on Jan 09, 2022

    8 Brilliant Cleaning Tips to Remove Candle Wax from Any Surface

  • Betsy Betsy on Jan 10, 2022

    Hi Ticia: Here's a site that might help with the stain:

    Good luck

  • Dee Dee on Jan 10, 2022

    1. To accomplish this, use a heat gun or iron (with no steam) to gently heat and melt the remaining wax. Once it has melted, place a soft cloth or newspaper on top of the area and gently press. The wax should transfer to the newspaper or cloth and be pulled out of the brick. If wax still remains, try heating it until it is soft and then applying rubbing alcohol with the soft cloth. Rub gently until all of the wax is removed.

    Pull rubber gloves on to protect your hands from irritation.

    Combine 1 cup of ammonia with warm water. Wet a scrubbing brush with the diluted ammonia solution and use it to scrub off any oily residue from the candle wax.

    Scrub the surface of your brick or stone with plain water on a cloth to rinse it off. Pat dry with a clean cotton cloth.

  • Homeroad Homeroad on Jan 11, 2022

    Here are some suggestions I found for you. I hope they work for you.