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How to Clean Your Wax Warmer Quick and Easy

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Knowing how to clean a wax warmer and having a clean wax warmer is important for sanitary purposes, to keep your fresh wax uncompromised, and preserve the integrity of your business and your services. 

Cleaning a wax warmer isn’t exactly something everyone looks forward to, but it’s got to be done! Knowing how to clean your wax warmer is one of the most important skills you can have as a professional esthetician

Though having a clean wax warmer means having to go through the sometimes messy process of clearing it out and giving it some TLC, it’s worth it to have clean equipment and to put that fresh wax back in! 

That’s why we’re going to give you some top tips for how to clean a wax pot the quick and easy way so that you can focus on the fun parts of being a waxing pro.  

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We’ll show you how to clean out a wax warmer in just a few simple moves that save you time and patience. 

From teaching you how to get wax out of a wax warmer to temperature settings and how to pick the perfect wax pot cleaner, we’ll help you get your wax pot sparkling clean and looking pretty.

The Importance of Knowing How to Clean a Wax Pot

If you look around your waxing room, you know that all of your equipment, supplies, and accessories don’t come cheap. Not only that, but the ROI they bring you is a big part of what keeps you in business successful and profitable. 

You can’t afford to not take care of it all. High-ticket professional wax warmers need regular maintenance and even more regular cleaning. 

On top of keeping your wax pot in its best working condition, knowing how to clean a wax heater and doing so regularly is the best way to keep your services sanitary and to keep your clients safe and looking their best. 

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How Often Should You Clean Your Wax Warmer?

Wax warmers aren’t difficult to maintain, and one way to ensure extending the life of them is to wipe them down after each service or, at the very least, at the end of each service day.

The best way to clean a wax warmer is by using a hard wax cleaner like Starpil Post-Wax Oil. Deep cleaning should be done at least once a week or whenever you’re changing to a different wax formula.

post wax oil being used to clean wax warmer

How to Clean a Hard Wax Warmer

To clean a hard wax warmer, start the process by warming the machine to around  75C° - 90C°. Make sure that wax remains in your wax pot, as trying to heat and clean your warmer without wax in the pot can easily lead to overheating and damage to your system. Additionally, don’t turn your wax pot’s heat all the way up if you don’t have a lot of residual wax. 

Wondering how to remove hard wax from a wax warmer? When working specifically with hard wax, always wait until wax is heated to remove your formula from the wax warmer, and never clean while your warmer remains plugged in. 

Once the equipment warms, turn off your warmer and proceed to get the wax from the warmer. 

When learning how to clean out a wax warmer, make sure you wear heavy-duty dishwasher gloves to avoid mess or potential burns or injury. This will also ensure that the process and your wax is kept sanitary and free from contamination. 

READ MORE: The Complete Guide to Starpil Wax Warmers

How Do You Remove Wax From a Wax Pot?

waxing spatula used to remove excess wax from warmer

When melting the excess wax, you don’t need for all of the wax to melt down into a liquid, so turn down your wax warmer to between 55°C and 75°C, and using a waxing spatula or tongs, you’ll be able to take most of the wax out at once and dispose of it. 

You just need it to soften at the edges and bottom of the wax well enough so that you can easily scoop a good portion of it out in one semi-solid piece.

How to Clean Your Wax Warmer After Use?

After residual wax is removed, turn your warmer off and let it cool a minute before wiping down the inside of it using thick paper towels and a good amount of wax heater cleaner. To remove wax residue, use Starpil’s Original Post-Wax Oil

That’s right, this formula isn’t just great for removing residue from skin - it’s versatility also allows it to be used on equipment as well!

READ MORE: Waxing 101: What’s the Difference Between Soft Wax and Hard Wax?

How to Get Wax Off a Wax Warmer

So how do you clean a wax warmer of any wax that might get around the edges or outside of the machine? Just like with cleaning the inside of your wax pot, you can also wipe down the edges of your warmer with Starpil’s Post-Wax Oil to remove debris and get rid of any residual wax found on the outside of your machine. Finish with a wipe-down of isopropyl alcohol. 

Heat temperature setting on wax warmer

In the process of learning how to clean wax off a warmer, it’s also important to know what NOT to use when cleaning your equipment. Do not use acetone on your wax warmer, as it is an erosive substance and can damage your electric wax heater. 

It’s okay to go over it with a gentle spray cleaner after wiping down with oil - but don’t overdo it!

How to Clean a Wax Pot Without Cleaner

There’s no need to buy special warmer cleaner to get your equipment clean and free from residue. Isopropyl alcohol is a great wax heater cleaner and is used for the final wipe down of your machine to remove any bacteria and oil residue.

As we said prior, Starpil’s Original Post-Wax Oil also makes a fantastic warmer cleaner, and will leave your machine looking its best. 

How to Clean Wax Residue from Hard Surfaces

Post-Wax Oil doesn't just help you get a clean wax warmer, it gets you out of other sticky situations like if you have spilled wax on other hard surfaces. 

All you need to do is spray the oil onto the wax residue and let it sit to work its magic. After about 20 minutes, wipe with a paper towel. Repeat the process as needed, but no need to scrub. Just remember that it is an oil, so this might stain certain fabrics.

After it’s all said and done, refill the wax pot with your favorite Starpil wax. In the video below, Karisma uses Blue Film Hard Wax beads.

Blue Hard Wax Mini tub 600g

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Final Thoughts

As a professional, one of the most important things you can do for your clients and your business is to take care of your wax warmers. After all, they’re holding your business in their wax wells! Using proper maintenance is vital to having a successful and profitable waxing business

Starpil Wax pro user, Karisma Elizondo (@karismaswaxbar) shows viewers how she cleans her wax warmer.

Keeping things clean is also how professional estheticians follow safety regulations and hygienic procedures. When learning how to clean a wax machine, always keep that in mind. 

Your clients’ health and the health of your business should always be your top priorities when figuring out how to clean a wax warmer. Following these procedures after every service or at the end of the day every day makes sure that your equipment is kept in its best condition and that your clients receive the best and most hygienic services possible. 


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