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Cleaning Candle Wax from a Tablecloth

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Perhaps you forgot to blow them out after a nice candle lit dinner or maybe the candle just dripped a lot. Either way, you have some messy candle wax to try and get out of your tablecloth. This is a guide about cleaning candle wax from a table cloth.
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March 4, 2013

GooGone works to get the remaining wax (and color) out of the tablecloth! Who knew? Pour GooGone over the remaining stain after you have scraped the wax off. Let it work for a while and rub a little. Pour boiling water over the stain. Wash in hottest water the fabric will stand, with bleach or Oxiclean. All the new (but not last year's) stain came out! I was amazed - never would have thought of GooGone!

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December 27, 20130 found this helpful

Unbelievable. Incredible. Red candle wax spilled and splattered all over our white Christmas dinner tablecloth and we thought a professional dry cleaner would be the only option... besides trashing it! Then I googled the Goo Gone thing and couldn't believe it. No more red candle wax... not a trace... not even a dim red shadow. I showed my wife and she incredulously asked "what the H _ _ _ did you use?" When I told her, we both started cracking up. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

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May 30, 2005

How do I remove red candle wax from a white tablecloth?

Linda in Alabama

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October 10, 20050 found this helpful
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Years ago I had borrowed a white linen tablecloth from a friend and to my horror, the red candles dripped onto it. Someone told me to stand on a chair, have the stained part draped over a bucket and pour boiling water over while standing on chair. It worked beautifully although took a few kettles of boiling water. No red stain left. Perhaps you'd like to give it a try.

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February 17, 20081 found this helpful
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I just tried the hot boiling water over the bucket method. I did not bother with standing on a chair. I had a red candle wax stain on linen about the size of a half dollar. I then sprayed "Shout" on it and repeated the process a few minutes later. Washed normally, worked great! Thanks so much for the tip.

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April 28, 20080 found this helpful

It didn't work for me. cloth still has a frustrating purple stain from candle wax. The wax came off easily, the stain remains even after pouring boiling water through it. Guess I'll search another site, sigh.

Editor's Note: It's hard to know what kind of coloring was used to make the candle purple. You could try some Dawn which might remove it.

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January 3, 20160 found this helpful

I tried a two-pronged approach: the boiling hot water method (4 times), PLUS, adding a paste of Oxyclean and pouring more hot water through that. Then, I immediately washed the tablecloth with more Oxyclean rubbed onto the red candle wax stains. There's still a very faint red stain, but much less noticeable than I expected, as the candle was really red and really stubborn.

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January 2, 20120 found this helpful

How do I remove candle wax from a red tablecloth?

By Theresa

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January 6, 20120 found this helpful
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A hot iron and a brown paper bag. Be sure you scrape it first to remove as much of the wax you can. Then lay it out and put the brown paper bag over the spot and the hot iron on the paper bag. Keep doing it on different spots of the paper and you should have good results. Good Luck

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June 1, 2010

How do you remove wax from a cotton tablecloth?

By Norma from Philadelphia, PA

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June 1, 20100 found this helpful
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Place paper towel on the stain and iron it. Replace paper towel when it is soaked with the melted wax and continue ironing until all candle wax is gone, then wash as usual.

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February 11, 2007

How do you get candle wax out of material?

Linda from Oak Hill, OH

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February 13, 20070 found this helpful

Try placing some paper towels or newspaper on the opposite side of material and iron it. Start warm and just work with it a little. I have saved what I thought was a wasted tablecloth this way. I also repaired a horrible mess in my carpet.

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February 14, 20070 found this helpful

I have found that the best way is to place a sheet or two of blotting paper over the wax (not sure if that's what it's called in the US but the paper sold at stationers for blotting ink) and iron it with a medium hot iron and the wax will be absorbed by the blotting paper. You could probably use two or three layers of kitchen roll instead if you can't get blotting paper. JG, London, UK

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June 30, 20130 found this helpful

Please tell me how I would get candle wax off my very old crochet tablecloth?

By LR

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June 1, 20100 found this helpful

Candle wax has spilled and hardened all over a cotton tablecloth. I have heard there are ways to remove it, but I am not having much success. Anyone out there able to help me save my tablecloth?

By kaplunk from Faber, VA

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Removing Candle Wax from a Tablecloth

I have had much success with using a folded paper towel placed over the area. You can use an iron over the paper. This will heat up the wax to the place where the towel will absorb most of it. Hope this helps! (01/13/2010)

By caninecodependent

Removing Candle Wax from a Tablecloth

Just make sure that the paper (any white paper will do - printer paper is fine) is on the bottom and the tablecloth (with candle side down) is on top of it before ironing. We held candles in my college sorority for ceremonies and I've ironed wax out of many dresses this way too! Good luck! (01/17/2010)

By mymagicword

Removing Candle Wax from a Tablecloth

I also recommend the ironing method. I used newspaper. Be sure to put the paper both over and under the wax stain. You may have an oily spot left or a bit of color, which should come out with your usual stain remover - Shout or something like that. (01/17/2010)

By louel53

Removing Candle Wax from a Tablecloth

I have tried ice on the wax and this will allow you to peel off the wax. If it is a white tablecloth, wash in detergent and bleach. (01/17/2010)

By Pennypacer

Removing Candle Wax from a Tablecloth

I just had this happen at Christmas. The freezing thing didn't work. It may depend upon the weave of the table cloth fabric and how much wax is spilled. The ironing thing did work though. I used a brown paper bag and no steam. (01/20/2010)

By Beth

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January 13, 20100 found this helpful

How do I remove candle wax from a tablecloth?

M. Tucker from Cullen

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Removing Candle Wax from a Tablecloth

I would suggest not using the freezing method. Although it is proven to work, it can also make the wax even harder to remove. Use the hot ironing method; it's much easier, and also much more effective. (12/26/2005)

By Mary Kate

Removing Candle Wax from a Tablecloth

Try freezing it until the wax hardens, then peel it off. Or put several thicknesses of paper towel over the wax and iron with a hot iron. As wax soaks in remove the bottom sheets and add new to the top. Do this until the wax is removed. If it leaves a stain, which sometimes happens with colored wax, you may need to use a spot remover that is safe for the fabric of the tablecloth. (03/02/2007)

By thriftmeg

RE: Removing Candle Wax from a Tablecloth

Removing Candle Wax from a Tablecloth

If the oil from candle stains your tablecloth, try using a cleaner such as Greased Lightning (available at Dollar General). Test an inconspicuous spot first. It saved my Christmas tablecloth.
Good luck. (03/02/2007)

By Julia

Removing Candle Wax from a Tablecloth

Lay a paper grocery shopping bag on top of the candle wax portion of the tablecloth.
Place a hot iron on top of that and you will see the candle wax melting into the grocery bag.
Remove your iron and reposition and lay it back down. Continue until all of your wax has been sucked up into the grocery bag.

This tip works well on carpets as well. Even dripped wax on walls can be removed this way.
good luck.

Editor's Note: Make sure that the temperature of the iron is not too hot for what is below the wax. Wax melts at a very low temperature. (03/04/2007)

By Mary

Removing Candle Wax from a Tablecloth

Put fabric in freezer till it hardens. Remove it and rub together the waxed part till it flakes off. Place the stained area in sink directly under really hot tap water for a minute. Turn off the water and scrub one side with small scrub brush. Flip it and run really hot tap water again. Turn it off and scrub again. Repeat until its off. Wear gloves. (04/15/2007)

By Izz78

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December 27, 20060 found this helpful

How can I remove candle wax out of a tablecloth? I did not realize the candle holder had a crack in it and it leaked on my new tablecloth.

Thanks for the help!


Toehead from Loranger, LA

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Removing Candle Wax from a Tablecloth

Take brown paper bags from the grocery store; place the bags on each side of wax stain. Press the top bag with a warm iron, without using the steam, until the wax melts into the bags and away from your tablecloth. (06/18/2004)

By Anita

Removing Candle Wax from a Tablecloth

Put an ice pack on it to freeze it. Remove as much of the frozen wax as possible. Any remaining wax can be removed by pressing the tablecloth lightly between 2 pieces of pressing paper or paper bag using a warm iron. (06/18/2004)

By Patticat

Removing Candle Wax from a Tablecloth

I would suggest not using the freezing method. Although it is proven to work, it can also make the wax even harder to remove. Use the hot ironing method; it's much easier, and also much more effective. (12/26/2005)

By Mary Kate.

Removing Candle Wax from a Tablecloth

I have heard that putting a wax dripped object in the freezer will permit the wax to be flicked off. It's worth a try. It won't harm the item. (12/19/2006)

By cookwie

Removing Candle Wax from a Tablecloth

I had candle wax spill all over the top of my stove top. I took a paper towel and used low heat with my iron and it came right up. (12/20/2006)

By Janelle

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December 19, 20060 found this helpful

My candles melted through the candleholders and messed up my tablecloth. It has been washed but the stains are still there. Thank you for any help.

thriftyqueen

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Removing Candle Wax from a Tablecloth

Try placing a brown paper bag (a section with no ink on it) or some pieces of paper towels over the stain and then iron over it with an iron set to the approprate setting for the fabric. This should work even though the cloth has been washed!

Good Luck to You!
Rebekah (09/15/2005)

By Madelynnsmama

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