If you love the romantic atmosphere that candles bring in your home, then you would probably know how not-romantic they look on your favourite table cloth or carpet.
Those stains can be a serious challenge for those who don’t know how to treat them. If you are one of them, don’t worry. Here are some tips for removing candle wax from fabrics, suggested by end of tenancy cleaning Balham teams:
1. First thing you need to know is that, treating a candle wax stain depends on the type of fabric it is on.
2. If you are dealing with a specialized fabric that is “dry clean only” there is not much you could do. Just chip off as much of the wax as you can and let professionals do their job. Make sure you point the stain to the professional.
3. If it is on a washable fabric, use ice cubes to make the wax dry faster. The chip off as much of it as you can. Place a clean sheet of paper on top of the stain. Set the iron on warm and move it easily on the paper surface as if you were ironing it. Never heat the iron too much, as this could burn the paper. You might have to change the paper from time to time when it gets too dirty. When all the candle wax is removed, you could simply put the piece of clothing in your next regular load of laundry
4. Carpets – You could use the same technique as for the washable fabrics except for the machine wash part. As you can’t put your carpet in the washing machine, you could use your favourite carpet shampoo or just some mild soapy water to rub the stain and the rinse with a damp cloth or follow the shampoo instructions
Remember that prevention is always the best cleaning method. Use candle trays to collect all the stray wax falling from the candles and be careful when moving a lid candle.