How to Remove Wax Buildup from Wood Furniture

What You'll Need
Soft cleaning cloths
Cream of tartar
White vinegar
A bucket
A scrub brush
A drying towel
Absorbent cloths
Wood cleaner
A soft bristle toothbrush
Wooden skewer
A soft bristle paintbrush
A hair dryer
Wood polish

Wax buildup on wood can trap dirt and dust. This residue can leave the wood looking dull. Removing the wax is a simple process which will alleviate the problem.

Step 1 – Preparing the Wood

Use a soft cleaning cloth to wipe off any dirt, dust or residue on the surface of the wood. In a bucket, combine one gallon of white vinegar with one cup of cream of tartar. Immerse the scrub brush in the solution. Shake off any excess liquid. Use the scrub brush to clean any residue from the wood. Rinse the wood with clean water and dry with a clean drying towel

Step 2 – Buffing the Wood

Use the cleaning cloth to the buff the wood. Use small circular motions and a strong but gentle amount of pressure as you work. The wood should quickly begin to get brighter and look cleaner.

Step 3 – Cleaning the Wood

Apply a small amount of wood cleaner to a cleaning cloth. Allow the cleaner to sit on the wood for about five minutes to soften and dissolve any of the wax buildup. Rub the cleaner into one small section of the wood with small circular motions. Continue cleaning the wood by rubbing with grain. Rub the wood until it is completely dry. In areas where there are crevices and wood details, use a paintbrush to get the cleaner into the wood. Dip the paint brush into the wood cleaner and dab it onto the wood crevices. Use the toothbrush to gently rub the crevices and clean away the residue. On area that even the toothbrush is unable to clean, use the wooden skewer to carefully remove any wax. Continue the process on another small section of the wood, until the entire piece has been thoroughly cleaned.

Step 4 – Cleaning Difficult Areas

Stretch the absorbent cloth across the area of the wood with wax residue that is difficult to remove. Plug in the hair dryer. Turn the hair dryer to a low heat level. Apply the heat to the area of wood with the absorbent cloth. Be careful not to apply the heat near your skin as this could cause a serious burn. The absorbent cloth will soak up the was that becomes melted by the heat from the hair dryer. Turn off the hair dryer as soon as the cloth begins to absorb the wax. Too much heat could damage the wood. Remove the cloth and the wax as quickly as possible before it begins to cool off and set again. Use another absorbent cloth to wipe away any of the wax left on the wood.  Continue the process until all of the wax has been removed from all of the wood.

Step 5 – Polishing the Wood

Apply a small amount of wood polish or carnuba wax to another cleaning cloth. Rub the wax into a small section of the wood. Polish the wood until it shines. Continue until all of the wood has been waxed.