Remove Wax: How to get rid of candle wax on fabric

Advent, Advent, a little light is burning. And if you're not very careful, the candle wax will end up on your sweater or accidentally drip onto the tablecloth when you blow it out. Don't panic: In this blog post we will tell you how you can still enjoy the Christmas candlelight and how you can completely remove candle wax.

Allow the wax to set first

First things first: Let the candle wax cool down and dry before you do anything. If the wax is still warm and you try to remove it, it penetrates deeper into the fabric and the stain gets even bigger.

cold versus wax

Freezing temperatures speed up the hardening process, but they also have another advantage: the cold makes the wax porous and friable. If possible, you can put the affected garment in the freezer for a few hours. Alternatively, you can treat the stain with an ice cube.

Incidentally, the cold method is particularly suitable for sensitive fabrics.

heat versus wax

For cotton clothing or tablecloths, you can use the heat method.

  1. To do this, place clean kitchen paper (or blotting paper) under and on the wax stain.
  2. Press the iron over the stain until the two paper towels have completely soaked up the wax.
  3. Depending on the stain, you may sometimes need to adjust the paper to get a clean, absorbent spot over it.
  4. You can do the whole thing with a hair dryer instead of an iron.

Important: The heat method is not recommended for colored candle wax. The color could rub off onto the fabric due to the heat. Prefer to work with cold here.

Carefully scrape off the wax

If the candle wax has dried, you can carefully scrape it off with your finger or a blunt object.

Pre-treat the grease stain under the wax

A greasy film has probably formed under the wax. You can pretreat this before washing.

  • With Curd Soap : Wet the stain, rub the soap over it and leave it on for about an hour.
  • With mineral water : Sprinkle the stain with carbonated water and leave it on for about ten minutes.

Off to the washing machine

Cloth napkin, tablecloth or sweater? The piece affected by the candle wax can now be put in the washing machine. Provided the care label confirms its suitability for washing!

The bluu washing strips are suitable for all textiles, colors and temperatures.

Be careful with delicate fabrics

If the candle on the Christmas tree dripped onto Aunt Rosie's silk blouse, you have to be particularly careful.

The cold method with the freezer is most promising for delicate fabrics such as silk and wool. The wax can usually be scraped off completely.

For a stubborn stain, however, we recommend a visit to the dry cleaners.

With these tips, nothing stands in the way of contemplative candlelight. We wish you a nice and peaceful Christmas time. :)

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