- Things happen and romantic evenings get ruined simply by the spill of the candle wax in your bed.
- Fortunately, it’s not the end of the world at all and there are some quick and effective techniques to remove wax from your bed sheets.
- The most popular and easiest way to remove the wax off of bed sheets can be explained in a few words: freeze it, melt it, and then wash it!
Everyone loves candles. Nothing creates a more romantic atmosphere than the light of the bunch of candles in the late evening! The dinner might be not too tasty but if you eat it in the light of candles – it won’t matter that much. Don’t you agree?
Unfortunately, there is a price to pay for such a romantic atmosphere – sometimes candle wax tends to spill out on your bed (and very often on your most favorite sheets). However, when you know some easy tricks to remove those candle wax stains – you don’t rush to break your romantic evening because you know that it’s no big deal!
In case you don’t know how to remove candle wax stains – just stay calm and keep reading!
TIP: Before you get into the cleaning process, find out what material your sheets are made of (cotton, linen, synthetical, silk,etc.). That’s a very important step because otherwise, that spilled candle wax stain could become just a minor problem – you can ruin your loveable sheets irreparably…
Things You’ll Need to Remove Wax
- Freezer or ice cubes
- Soft brush or knife
- Brown paper/paper bag /paper towels
- Iron or hot tap water
- Stain remover
- Washing machine
Freeze it: Get Rid of Excess Wax
Removing candle wax stain is pretty simple, however, there are some easy steps you gotta do before washing the sheets. The very first one – is getting rid of the excess wax.
- Harden the wax in the freezer. To do so, people like to use the help of the freezer. Simply put your sheets in the freezer for half an hour and let the excess wax freeze. This way, the wax will harden and it will get much easier to scrub it off.
- Use the ice cubes. Another very popular way to harden the candle wax is by using the bag of ice cubes. Simply put some ice cubes into the plastic bag (e.g. sandwich bag) and start rubbing the wax stain. Although this method takes longer, it’s also very effective and helpful especially if you don’t have much space in your freezer.
- Scrub the wax off. Now that the excess of wax is frozen, take a butter knife and gently srub it off. Most of the time, the wax picks off very smoothly. If not, try to freeze it a little bit longer.
Melt it: Get Rid of the Leftover Wax
The wax is trickier than you might think. Although you remove the bigger part of it by freezing it an scrubbing it off – there is some remaining wax that has soaked into your sheets. Now, you’ll have to use some heat!
- Take the paper bag or towel and cover the wax stain with it. If you don’t have any of it – simple rag or clean cloth will work.
- Get iron and preheat it to a certain temperature. Now that’s the step where the fabric of your sheets matters the most! The iron has to be set on the temperature particular to the material of the sheets (e.g. cotton, linen).
- Move hot iron back and forth over the covered stain in the slow, circular motions. Hot steam will melt the remaining wax, and the paper bag or towel will absorb it.
- Alternatively, you can use the hot tap water to help the wax melt. Simply keep the stain under the running hot tap water for a while, then take a soft brush, or the same butter knife and scrub the stain off as much as possible (and of course as gently as possible!).
- Not liking the results? Go ahead and repeat the process.
Wash it: Get Rid of Wax Oil
Now after 80%of the stain is removed, there is still one little but also a very important thing to do before you drop it into the washing machine. Now, you need to remove candle wax oil that has probably stayed even after you scrubbed the hard wax off.
- Remove candle wax oil. Candle wax has various oils in its consistency, so even after you remove the biggest part of the hard wax – the stain remains visible. Luckily, you can easily remove those oils with your regular stain remover!
- Blot the stain with the stain remover generously. You can even let the sheets sit for a couple of minutes.
- Finish the washing process. Once the wax oil remains are dampened with the stain remover – simply drop the sheets in the washing machine and run it under the regular washing cycle!
Now as you can see, it is totally troublesome to remove the wax from your bed. The most important things are: to investigate the fabric of your sheets, to set the right iron temperature, and to follow the process step by step in general.
However, it is completely normal if you are not sure what material your sheets are made of, or maybe they are made of silk or any other luxury fabric. In cases like that, we highly recommend you to not to try to remove wax yourself and rather use the help of dry-cleaning professionals.