Candle Wax Stain Removal

Getting wax out of clothing

Candle wax stain removal is pretty simple and basic. The surface the candle wax spills on will determine how you deal with it.

About Candle Wax Stain Removal

Coping with candle wax stain removal on clothing, carpet and furnishings is pretty straightforward.

Washable Fabrics

As always, be sure to consult the clothing label before washing a clothing item. Silk items may need specialized treatment at the dry cleaner. For standard clothing, however, let the wax harden and chip it off. You can even put the clothing item in a freezer or refrigerator to make it harden faster.

After you've chipped off the wax, put the clothing item between two pieces of standard brown paper (like plain brown paper grocery sacks). Use an iron set on warm (never hot) and move it slowly and easily over the affected areas on the brown paper.

You may need to swap out the brown paper as you remove the wax, but once all the wax is removed, you can either treat the affected area with dry cleaning solvent or just wash in the hottest water the clothing can take.

It's important to remember that heat melts wax and will help remove any remaining residue, especially with standard laundry detergents that keep grease from setting.

Specialized Fabrics

For dry clean only fabrics, you'll want to chip off all the wax, but then take it the dry cleaners for any other steps. Be careful of regular wax staining on any fabric because the treatment can eventually fade the item.

Candle Wax on Carpets or Furniture

You can use ice cubes to speed up the wax hardening process on carpet and furniture, then chip the majority of the wax off. After you've done this, place a clean, white cloth over the affected area and use a warm iron to remove the rest of the wax from the carpet or furniture. Replace the cloth regularly until it's all gone.

If there is anything left of the stain, use a gentle hair shampoo to clean the affected area. It can break down the grease wax, then you can flush it with water and cleans up easily.

Handle with Care

While most wax stains are easy to remove, some fabrics can be trickier than others. The key is patience. Whenever lighting candles, be sure to put a drip tray under it to catch stray wax that is falling in order to prevent wax damage in the first place. Wax on hard surfaces such as tile or wood surfaces should be peeled up gently, then scrubbed with a gentle cloth until the wax is removed.

Untreated wood may stain with any food coloring used in the candles, so have a care with candle wax in any area that has untreated or unprotected surfaces. Candles should only be lit by adults and never left alone in a room unsupervised. Candle warmers contribute to fire safety but can still result in spilled wax.


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Candle Wax Stain Removal