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How to get wax stains out of washable fabric

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How to... Get out wax stains

How can you get wax stains out of clothing or other fabric? Here's a step-by-step process to help you remove candle wax or other wax from fabrics and other materials.

Step 1: Scrape away the wax

How to... Get out wax stainsTo remove wax from anything, you must first scrape off and chip away as much wax as possible. Chilling may help, so try putting small textile items in the refrigerator. A plastic bag of ice works well on carpets and furniture.

Use the bowl of a spoon, small spatula or flexible knife to carefully scrape off the wax. Vacuum chipped wax off of carpets and upholstery.

Step 2: Blot with fluid

Place the wax-stained fabric between blotters (such as paper towels). Then press the stain with dry-cleaning fluid, flush with the dry-cleaning fluid, then let it air-dry.

Step 3: Powdered detergent?

If you are using a powdered detergent, sponge the stain with water and apply a paste of powdered detergent and water. Then launder as usual.

Step 4: Liquid detergent?

If you are using a liquid detergent, let the fabric air-dry completely. Then apply the liquid detergent directly to the dry fabric. Launder in the hottest water that is safe for the fabric.

Step 5: For stubborn stains

If the stain remains, soak in an enzyme presoak and lukewarm water. Use bleach if it is safe for the fabric. Bleaches include an all-fabric or oxygen-type bleach, chlorine bleach or a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution. Chlorine bleach damages some fibers, dyes and finishes, so pay close attention to care labels on clothing, carpet and other items. Test chlorine bleach according to directions before you use it on the stain.

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For more info on this topic...For more tips to handle other kinds of laundry stains:
Crayon stains | Blood stains

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Information courtesy Penn State Extension

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