I want to remove the beeswax that has been rubbed into my kitchen countertops and refinish them with with Waterlox tung oil and sealer. how do you remove beeswax from countertop?
Start with a wax stripper chemical such as you would use on floors. Use a "Scotch-brite" pad to assist with removal of old stubborn wax. Dry with rags then clean with mineral spirits. Follow that when dry with a thorough sanding with successively finer grit papers, ending with very fine (600). Then finish as desired.
I've also used a putty knife to gently scrape off the areas where the wax is heaviest. Once the large amounts of residue are gently removed, I've used a wax stripper, scotch bright, and then sand paper. Goof off may work as well but has an odor that is a bit strong.