How to Remove Wax from Marble


Helen asked: How can I remove black hardened candle wax from my white marble fireplace?

There are several ways to remove candle wax, and most are safe to use on marble surfaces. If a candle has dripped beyond the holder or a spill has occurred, use the methods below to remove the wax and any remaining dye stains easily.

Removing the Wax

Using heat to remove wax is the most common removal method. It is safe and effective. Another common method is freezing the wax with ice to make it brittle and easier to scrape away. For instructions on removing the wax with either of these two methods, see our guide How to Remove Wax from Wood. These removal techniques are also safe to use on marble surfaces.

Removing Candle Dye Stains

You Will Need:

  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Soft cloths or cotton balls
  • Marble cleaner

Steps to Remove the Dye:

  1. If the candle was colored, there may be a dye stain left where the wax was. This too can be removed easily.
  2. Moisten a cotton ball or soft cloth with rubbing alcohol.
  3. Rub the cloth over the stained area.
  4. Repeat until the stain is removed.
  5. Once the stain is gone, clean the surface with a marble cleaner.
  6. Buff with a dry cloth to restore the shine. If needed, apply a polish.

Additional Tips and Advice

  • Since marble has a smooth surface, a razor blade can be used to carefully scrape the wax off of the surface. Use caution to keep the blade moving smoothly across so that it does not dent or gouge the marble. The ice can still be used to make the wax brittle, allowing it to release from the surface more easily.
  • Do not apply a protective wax coating to white marble. It can cause it to yellow.
  • For additional cleaning and stain removal techniques, see our guide How to Clean Marble.


  1. My white marble coffee table is very yellow. I think it is old wax or furniture polish. What should I do to remove the yellow; it has a high gloss?

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