How To Remove Candle Wax

How To Remove Candle Wax From A Tablecloth

Post Dinner Party Candle Wax is a bit like a bad hangover: it can be a real pain to get rid of. But fear not, we’ve got you covered with this simple guide on how to remove candle wax from a tablecloth, without the need for any harsh chemicals. 🌱💚

Step 1: Harden the wax

The first step is to harden the wax. This will make it easier to remove. You can do this by placing the tablecloth in the freezer for 30-60 minutes.

Step 2: Scrape off the wax

Once the wax is hard, you can scrape it off with a dull butter knife or credit card. Be careful not to damage the fabric of the tablecloth.

Step 3: Melt the remaining wax

If there is any wax remaining, you can melt it off using a hair dryer or iron. Place a paper towel over the wax and apply heat. The wax will melt and absorb into the paper towel.

Step 4: Remove any residue

Once the wax is removed, there may be some residue remaining. You can remove this residue by blotting the area with a cloth dipped in rubbing alcohol.

Step 5: Wash the tablecloth

Once the residue is removed, you can wash the tablecloth as usual.

Here are some additional tips to keep in mind:

  • If the wax is on a delicate fabric, be sure to test the cleaning method in an inconspicuous area first.
  • Do not use a metal knife to scrape off the wax, as this could damage the fabric.
  • Be careful not to overheat the fabric when melting the wax.
  • If the wax is on a colored tablecloth, be sure to use a white paper towel to absorb the wax, as colored paper towels could bleed.

This video from the Butler School on YouTube covers some nifty tips on how to remove candle wax and more broadly how to use candles for your dinner party!

Don't use scented candles through dinner because the scent will change the flavor of the food!

If you are unsure about how to remove candle wax from your linen tablecloth, or if the stain is severe, it is always best to take it to a professional cleaner.

We hope this guide has been helpful! Now go forth and remove that candle wax from your tablecloth, without the need for any harsh chemicals. 

Young Man with a Candle, Thomas Frye Irish, 1710-1762
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