Whether it’s a children’s birthday party or a dinner party with friends, celebrations often mean candles, and as accidents can easily happen – candle wax can get spilt. Read the simple steps below to find out how to remove candle wax from clothes or tablecloths.
Five Steps for Removing Wax from Clothes
1 – Do nothing
The first step is to do nothing – at least until the wax is dry, in any case. Attempting to remove hot wax before it has set is likely to exacerbate the problem, spreading the stain and possibly even burning you. So let the wax set before taking any action.
2 – Give the stain a scrape
The next step when removing wax from clothes is to scrape off as much of the hardened wax as possible. Take a knife which is sharp enough to do some damage to the wax, but not so sharp that it risks damaging the item of clothing, by carefully making holes. Take care when handling the knife; always use strokes going away from your body to avoid any accidents. Work on the wax to remove as much of the hardened matter as possible, leaving behind just the most embedded of the wax.
3 – Re-melt the wax
When it comes to knowing how to remove candle wax from clothes, this next move is often overlooked. It may appear to contradict the first step, but it is to reheat the wax. Place a dishcloth or a towel under the item of clothing or tablecloth, then put two paper towels over the top of the wax stain. Set an iron at a low to medium heat and iron over the area. The heated wax will melt again, and come away from the fabric, soaking instead into the paper towel. If you find that the paper towel is becoming saturated with the wax, move the towel along to start again on a new spot, or replace it with a new sheet. If you have any blotting paper to hand, this will work just as well, if not better, than paper towels. Always be careful when using an iron.