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How do I remove candle wax stains from clothes?

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Question: How do I remove candle wax stains from clothes?

Here's how to remove candle wax stains from clothes. These are combination stains - oily/waxy and dye and requires special treatment.

Answer:

If the wax has not hardened, place an ice cube on the stain to freeze the wax. You do not want to try to remove hot wax because, most likely, you will push the stain deeper into the fibers of the fabric. When the wax is hard, use a kitchen knife or your fingernail to gently pick it up off the fabric.

Start by treating the oily/waxy component of the stain with a pre-treater like Shout or any stain remover. Then rub with heavy-duty liquid detergent or a paste made of powdered detergent and water. Scrub stain lightly and rinse in hot water. Next, wash in the hottest water suitable for the fabric using detergent and an all-fabric bleach to remove the dye in the stain.

If the garment is dry clean only, point out and identify the stain to your professional cleaner. If you are using a home dry cleaning kit, be sure to treat the stain with the provided stain remover before putting the garment in the dryer bag.

 

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