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Removing Wax Stains

Martha Stewart Living, April 1999

Candles are hard on table linens. Scrape off spilled wax with a dull knife. Put several layers of kraft paper under the linen, then place a sheet of kraft paper on top of stain. Using low heat, iron until wax is drawn into the paper, moving the paper around until all the wax is gone. If an oily spot remains on the linen have the cloth dry-cleaned.

 

Comments (14)

  • kdiannecreations 1 Dec, 2010

    I recently dripped red wax on a beige carpet. I did not want to use as iron as I was afraid I might melt the carpet. I used my stream cleaner and it worked like a dream. I applied steam for about 10 minutes dabbing the spot with and absorbent towel. Although it is not perfect, only I can see a faint red tinge left on the carpet.

  • pself 1 Dec, 2010

    I have question - candle wax was knocked over and spilled on painted wall. Any suggestions on how to remove that stain?

    Stumped

  • MLM247 30 Nov, 2010

    First remove most surface wax using the freezer method. Then carefully position the spot over a large metal bowl or bucket. You could peg it in place. Then pour boiling water over the remaining wax. It melts and runs into the bucket.

  • dgad 30 Nov, 2010

    I have a better/easier way to remove wax from candlesticks, tablecloths etc. Simply put the object in the freezer. Leave ther for 1 hour or up to 24 hours depending on how much wax is involved. Remove the object from the freezer and the wax literaly pops off. Done it for years and IT WORKS

  • dgad 30 Nov, 2010

    I have a better/easier way to remove wax from candlesticks, tablecloths etc. Simply put the object in the freezer. Leave ther for 1 hour or up to 24 hours depending on how much wax is involved. Remove the object from the freezer and the wax literaly pops off. Done it for years and IT WORKS

  • PhyllisWenzel 30 Nov, 2010

    White water spots on wood furniture you can iron out. Here is the web-site link http://www.finishing.com/102/75.shtml

    IT WORKS!!!!!!!!!

  • MVTUIG 30 Nov, 2010

    Someone blew out some candle on our mantle. The wax spayed up in orange dots all over the pale yellow paint. Help me before I make a big mess.

  • MaryNapolitano 30 Nov, 2010

    The color from the bottom of the candle stained my light colored wood dining room table. Would this technique work or would it damage the table?

  • Surfsong 30 Nov, 2010

    I have been using this technique for years. Got if from Martha! You can remove wax from hard wood floors by using the same technique. Just be careful how long you leave the iron on the paper bag on the floor. ( I use paper bags from the grocery store.) Will probably work the same way on cement floors. My husband has watched me use this technique for years but really laughed when he saw me "ironing the floor" one day. It worked however!

  • joymac 30 Nov, 2010

    On Valentine's Day my husband picked up a votive to blow it out and ended up getting wax all over his black shirt and khaki pants. He was going to trash them the next day, but I pulled out the iron and a paper bag and was able to remove every trace of wax from both garments! I also removed burgundy wax from a beige berber carpet the same way. Miracles do happen!

  • fatima0803 30 Nov, 2010

    I had a candle fall onto a cement area. How can that be removed?

  • ulki 30 Nov, 2010

    spilled wax on the floor - how can you remove those? thanks for helping out...

  • wpgminnie 30 Nov, 2010

    It really, really works... burning off "fall candles" to put up "Christmas candles" I spilled wax on my new placemat!!! I went to Martha's website, found these instructions, found the paper bag, and turned on the iron. PRESTO- the orange wax on a burgundy place mat was gone!!! Shared this with friends while out for dinner on Saturday!!! Thanks!

  • Samantha500 30 Nov, 2010

    Paper towels work as well. If cloth is washable, spray with fabric pre-treat and launder after wax has been absorbed.