Spilt wax from candles is a common problem. It is difficult to clean and wash out of fabrics. Here are a few tips and pointers to help you deal with spillages.
- Removing a wax stain using an iron and paper. If the fabric you are trying to clean is delicate use only plain paper, such as; the white paper used in chip shops, otherwise newspaper will work fine. Also if the item is delicate use the lowest setting on the iron. Simply place the paper between the paper between the wax and the iron, as an absorbing layer. Keep ironing over the stain until there is nothing left to absorb.
- It is not recommended that you use a warm iron on coloured waxes, only use a scraping method.
- If candle dyes leave a stain, try a common stain remover, or it may even fade out, as many dyes used in candles are not light-fast.
- Always follow the stained items manufacturer instructions on cleaning, if still in doubt take the item to a professional cleaning service, such as a dry cleaner.
- Why not try placing the stained item in the freezer. It can cause the wax to harden more than normal, allowing you to peel the wax off.
- Always try and remove wax as quickly as possible. Sometimes wet candle wax can be easier to remove because it hasn't had a chance to soak in yet.