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Cleaning Candle Wax from a Tablecloth

Two Lit Candles in the Dark

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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Tip: Goo Gone Works on Candle Wax Stains

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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Questions

Here are questions related to Cleaning Candle Wax from a Tablecloth.

Question: Removing Wax from Very Old Crochet Tablecloth

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

By LR

Question: Removing Candle Wax Stain from a Red Tablecloth

How do I remove candle wax from a red tablecloth?

By Theresa


Most Recent Answer

By Lindaspy01/06/2012

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

Question: Removing Candle Wax from a Tablecloth

How do you remove wax from a cotton tablecloth?

By Norma from Philadelphia, PA


Most Recent Answer

By Ute White06/01/2010

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.

Question: Candle Wax on Material

How do you get candle wax out of material?

Linda from Oak Hill, OH


Most Recent Answer

By Juliet Gardiner02/14/2007

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

Question: Red Candle Wax on a White Tablecloth

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

Linda in Alabama


Most Recent Answer

By Keren (Guest Post)04/28/2008

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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Archive: Removing Candle Wax from a Tablecloth

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


RE: 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

Archive: Removing Candle Wax from a Tablecloth

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


RE: 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

RE: 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

RE: 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.

RE: 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

RE: 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

Archive: Removing Candle Wax from a Tablecloth

How do I remove candle wax from a tablecloth?

M. Tucker from Cullen


RE: 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

RE: 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

RE: 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

RE: 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

RE: 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

Archive: Removing Candle Wax from a Tablecloth

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


RE: 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

RE: 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

RE: 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

RE: 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

RE: 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