The use of candles cannot be traced to a specific point in time, but it has been in existence since time immemorial. Before the invention of modern lighting like the incandescent bulb, candles were the primary source of brightness, especially during the night. The candle today has many uses, as we all know—from birthdays, to the cemeteries, to romantic dinners. But the modern uses of the candle is primarily more for decorative and aesthetics purposes more than for practical illumination uses.
Types of Candles
Short history lesson, before the mid-1800s, candle were made out of beeswax and/or beef fat (yuck). But it didn’t matter what materials were used then as long as it provided light. Then in 1850, James Young is widely acknowledged as the person most likely to have created the modern-day candle. He was successful in using paraffin wax and marketed this to the world. Paraffin wax is inexpensive but otherwise of good quality so it was win-win situation. There even came to a point in time when candle manufacturing included materials like skin fat, fats from bones, grease, and even fish oil (ugh).
This is the material that is still widely used today, paraffin. However, other materials like microcrystalline wax, gel, and even some plant waxes are being used to make candles. You can even notice the growing trend of aroma candles, and fragrance candles for relaxation and rest, if you’re into that.
So basically, a candle is a type of wax with a wick on top either to make the candle burn longer and brighter or just to make the fresh aroma fill the room. But whatever the purpose, it is basically just wax. And for those of us that have experience in hosue cleaning, wax can sometimes be a hassle to remove. And moreover, there is not one single way of removing candle wax. This will depend entirely on the surface you are removing the wax from.
If you are removing the wax from a more solid surface, like wooden tables or vinyl floorings, there will still be some difference in the cleaning process. For example, for wooden table or any kind of wood, you need to make the wax harden so you need to use cold or freezing water to do that, and then you can gently scrape the very thin object like an ID card or even a hard paper can sometimes be enough. For vinyl floorings, on the other hand, you need warm or hot water and then simply clear away the wax by rubbing it with dry cloth.
And still, there are many more surfaces that a candle wax can attach to—clothes, furnitures, the sofa, curtains, carpets, and so many more. The thing to remember is that you cannot just use a universal multi-purpose wax remover for every surface.
This is a science that needs to be researched thouroughly, unless you want to risk destroying that item and having to repair or worse, replace it. Of course, you can also ask people who have done it and who are experts in how to remove candle wax from any and all surfaces. You can watch them and learn from the best.
So, if you are having trouble on how to remove candle wax, and you definitely don’t have the time to learn and study and google the process, then you can always search for a cleaning company in your area that have the skills and experience to do this for you. Make sure they have been doing this for many years before you employ them to clean your expensive Gucci suit from yesterday’s date.