Do you have household projects you put off because they seem like they will take a LONG time to finish? So you put it off for that free Saturday that never comes?
One of these pesky projects was cleaning off candle wax that had splattered onto a mirror over our mantle. It has been there since sometime this winter. I have looked at it every time I have cleaned; but I just thought it would take so long to do, I was discouraged from doing it.
But, thanks to the internet (!) I found a quick and simple solution to my problem and got it done today! Here is how I did it:
1. I took down the mirror from the mantle (I needed to clean behind it anyway) and laid it flat on a sturdy surface.
2. I put some ice cubes in a sealable plastic bag, sealed it and laid it over the wax. I let this sit like this for about 10 minutes. The ice hardens the wax.
3. Then I took a scraper (you could also use a butter knife, but the scraper doesn’t have sharp edges) and gently scraped the wax away from the glass. I removed the wax that came up in pieces.
4. Then I went and cleaned another area of my living room, giving the mirror time to come back to room temperature. This took about 10-15 minutes. I just tested the surface of the mirror before going to the next step to insure was back to room temperature. This prevents a very serious accident!
5. And then the fun part: I took my hair dryer, set it on the highest setting and heated the surface of the mirror where the wax was. I did this about 2-3 inches away from the mirror. It is pretty neat to see it draw up the wax.
6. Last, I sprayed some glass cleaner on the mirror and wiped it away with a lint-free cloth.
The results were beautiful! I don’t know why I waited so long to tackle this project.