How to remove wax

Wax removal

 

 

Although you may think spilt wax on your carpet, clothes or furniture means they’re ruined for good, there are a few methods that can help to remove stubborn wax!

 

Removing wax from clothing

Here’s a few tips that may help to remove wax from your clothing…

  1. If you happen to spill wax on something your wearing…take it off as soon as possible – wax removal is much easier when the garment isn’t being worn.
  2. As soon as you can get it popped into a plastic bag and into the freezer.
  3. After about ten-minutes or so, the freezing temperatures should have completely frozen and solidified that wax.
  4. Lay it on a flat surface and use a blunt knife to scrape the wax off (you may be able to get it all in one).
  5. If you’ve not managed to get it all off you can try this next step…place a piece of kitchen roll onto your ironing board. Lay your garment, wax side up, onto the board, then place a piece of kitchen roll over the stain. Set your iron on a medium heat, and iron over. Move your paper each time wax is transferred onto it, replacing the sheet periodically.
  6. When the wax is removed, treat with a stain remover and wash as normal.

 

Removing wax from wood

This can be a tricky one…but the hints and tips below may help…

How to remove candle wax from wood

  1. Allow the spilt wax to cool and solidify completely.
  2. Place an ice pack or bag filled with ice over the wax for 10 minutes to harden it further.
  3. Use a credit card or place ruler to chip away at the wax until you’ve removed it.
  4. Finish up by polishing the table (this will help loosen any remaining wax and leave your wood looking as good as new).

 

Removing wax from a carpet

Another tricky one…traditional cleaning methods won’t work and water and wax don’t mix very well!

  1. Remove everyone from the area! If people walk over the candle wax, it may crumble and be trodden into the carpet, making it much harder to remove.
  2. Let the wax cool and solidify completely.
  3. Then you need to place a sheet of kitchen paper over the stain. Plug your iron in, and use a medium heat to iron over the wax. Be sure to change the paper regularly to ensure you are transferring wax onto the paper, and not back onto the carpet.
  4. Once the wax has been removed – vacuum over the area to remove any remaining pieces of wax.