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Handy1
Wax on a sidewalk

After a traumatic, random incident, a memorial was held in my sisters yard for a week. The mourners burned candles, and now there are black splotches all over her sidewalk. The flowers are long gone, but the blotches remain, and for obvious reasons, she wants them gone.
She cannot go out for hours with boiling water or a hair dryer, working on the stains, for fear of starting the media attention up again. Is there a chemical that will dissolve wax, could the sidewalk be resurfaced, or are there any other suggestions in this awful circumstance? Thank you in advance for any advise.

ed21
Re: Wax on a sidewalk

Pressure washer should take off the stains

dj1
Re: Wax on a sidewalk

before you power wash, [email protected] as much as you can by hand. Then apply heat (hot iron) over paper (craft paper or yesterday's newspaper). When the iron has removed all the wax it can, power wash.

Keep in mind that wax is water resistant, so don't expect washing to do a perfect job.

Handy1
Re: Wax on a sidewalk

thank you for your help, I should have said that the sidewalk has been pressure washed, but the wax rose to the surface again when it dried.
I think that it was caused by a week of candles and they have melted down into the concrete, and the wax keeps wicking up to the surface. I understand that blotting also works, but I wonder if there is a chemical that can be used, to avoid all the media attention.

Handy1
Re: Wax on a sidewalk

I was typing at the same time as you were, dj1. thankyou for your advise as well. I wonder if the heating/pressure washing combo would work? That makes sense. TY

ed21
Re: Wax on a sidewalk

I would do a search search for wax solvents. Soak, scrub and blot as much as possible. Also keep pressure washing.

Handy1
Re: Wax on a sidewalk

will do, ty.

Clarence
Re: Wax on a sidewalk

See if you can locate a distribitor for ProSoCo, Inc.
They have a product called Grout Film , Waxes & Topical Coatings removal.

Handy1
Re: Wax on a sidewalk

Thank you. I found a ProSoCo distributor less than a mile away, and will be there Mon morning. That was exactly what I was looking for. Much appreciated.

Fencepost
Re: Wax on a sidewalk

Another product is DeSolvIt. It's a non-toxic citrus solvent that is supposed to remove wax.

I can get it at my local Ace Hardware in a spray bottle. Some carpet & flooring wholesalers stock it by the gallon, as their installers use it to remove flooring adhesive.

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