How to Remove Candle Wax from Clothes

Special occasions such as birthday parties, anniversaries or dinners will often involve candles and, where there are candles, there is a good chance that candle wax can get on your clothes. So, if candle wax does spill on your favorite dress or your best shirt – here are some clever and neat ways you can get rid of it and save your clothes from permanent damage.

These tricks take little time and more often than not, give satisfactory outcomes.

So read the rest of this article I have put together just for you, to learn how you can remove candle wax from your clothes.

How to Remove Candle Wax from Clothes

Five Quick Steps to Removing Candle Wax from Clothes

Here are the five, easy steps which are the most effective at rescuing your clothes from candle wax.

1. Be Patient and Wait

So this is the easiest step to follow and, it is to do nothing. Yes, that’s right. You have to wait and do absolutely nothing till the candle wax is completely dry. You see, treating the candle wax while it is still wet and dripping can cause further damage to the fabric. In addition, touching molten candle wax can probably burn your skin.

2. Remove the Excess Wax

Once the candle wax has dried, you should try and remove the excess of it by scraping. Use a knife, the edge of a credit card or the edge of a ruler and start scraping. You should scrap at the candle wax just hard enough so that it breaks and lifts; however, not so hard that you end up damaging the fabric of your clothing.

3. Melt away the Remaining Wax

This may seem like an odd thing to do since the first step was to let the excess wax dry, but, it is what you have to do. You need to heat the candle wax (whatever residue is left of it) so that it melts and you can get rid of the wax stain.

Place a towel or a towel under the clothing. Next, place two to three paper towels on top of the candle wax stain. Afterward, heat the iron to a maximum of medium and not more. Hold the heated iron carefully above the stained area and, hover it back and forth. The heat will cause the remaining wax to melt and lift off and soak into the paper towels.

Remember to keep replacing the paper towels once they get and please be extra careful while using an iron.

4. Let it Soak

By the time you are done with the last step, the candle wax should be nearly all gone. However, if there is still a little bit of stain left, or, the wax was a colored one; then you need to let the stained spot soak in a soapy solution for about an or hour or two.

Just make a solution of water mixed with a stain remover and let the stain soak in it for one to two hours (three hours at best). If you want, you can always apply a little bit of liquid detergent on the stain for better results.

It is safe to test the detergent on an unnoticeable area first.

5. Get it Washed

You can now wash your item of clothing in the usual way that you do (either in the machine or by hand) and leave it to dry.

This five-step technique should successfully salvage your clothes from spilled candle wax. That being said, I best advise you that it is always a good idea to refer to an expert if your clothing is extra special and sensitive.

More Tips to Remove Candle Wax from Clothes

  • If the amount of candle wax that has dripped on your fabric is small, then let it dry and harden first. Afterward, try applying a good amount of vegetable oil to the stains. Soak the remaining, excess oil using paper towels and give your clothing a wash as you would usually do.
  • Another cool way to treat candle wax is by freezing your clothing. No, I’m serious! First, put your clothing in the freezer and wait for the wax to harden. The wax should turn hard and brittle. Then, hold the stained area over a bowl taut and securely strap the fabric to the edge of the bowl by securing it with rubber bands. The next step is to pour hot water directly on the candle wax so that it melts and drips inside the bowl.  
  • Enzyme-based stain removers work well for removing candle wax. However, if you don’t have that, you can always go for any liquid detergents.
  • After you have scrapped off the excess hardened wax, you can try removing the stain by treating it carefully with your fingers or a toothbrush with soft bristles; using a cleaning agent, such as a liquid detergent. Continue treating the stain this way for at least fifteen minutes and so. After you are done cleaning the stain, properly rinse the area with warm water. Make sure the water is really warm and doesn’t cool off in the middle of the rinsing.
  • Always make sure to not put the clothing in the dryer while the wax stain is still on it. Drying a stain in high heat will cause it to set permanently.
  • Always remember to read and understand the warnings and instructions given on the product label. Your garment should be treated following the guidelines to the point.

Closing Summary

Accidents with candle wax can happen at any time. Especially if you’re not careful about where you have your candles or how you’re handling them.

Thankfully there are some useful suggestions I have shared with you and, that is pretty much it when it comes to dealing with candle wax that has spilled on your favorite outfit. I hope my article on it was able to help you. Just remember to not panic and keep calm and follow these helpful laundry tricks properly.

Best of luck!

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