How to get candle wax off of dark wood furniture & off a sweater?

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Hot candle wax poured onto furniture while trying to blow out a stubborn candle

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  • Kim Kim on Jan 10, 2018
    For the sweater, use a paper bag and an iron. Place the paper bag over the wax spots (after you have removed all the wax you can manually)
    and use iron on the highest safe setting for the sweater to heat the bag over the wax spots. Keep the iron moving and the paper will adsorb the wax off of your garment.
    For the wood, This Old House says:
    Scrape away excess wax, then apply heat with a blow dryer set to MEDIUM, wiping off the wax with a rag as it softens. Wash the area with hot, soapy water to removeresidue.
    Or
    Apply medium heat with a blow dryer and wipe away excess wax as it softens. Remove residue with a solution of 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water
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  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on Jan 10, 2018
    Hi Sandy, cover it with a paper towel and then put a hot iron over it to melt the wax, the paper towel should absorb it as it melts.
  • Wendell Cochran Wendell Cochran on Jan 10, 2018
    For the sweater, remove as much of the hardened wax from the fibers as you can by using get the area as cold as possible: ice cubes in a zip lock bag and set It over the wax, it will become brittle. Use fingers to pick off as much wax as possible from the surface. Then -- try the paper and warm iron approach to melting and absorbing the remaining wax out of the fibers. It may take more than a couple of passes to get all of the wax melted. Don't "iron" the spot; move the iron up and down, move the spot to a clean part of the paper. It works better if there is paper on both sides of the fabric. Brown paper bags aren't the best choice. Stationary paper is softer and more absorbent than brown kraft paper. Use Dawn Dishwashing liquid and very warm water (never hot) to soak/wash the sweater; Rinse several times in clean warm water with a small amount of white vinegar added. Then final rinse in cool tap water, squeeze to remove excess water, lay on sever layers of bath towels to air dry. Don't hang or don't pull it out of shape while working with it. If it seems to have shrunk after it dries, you can reshape it on a flat surface by using lots of steam from your steam iron and letting it cool and dry completely before picking it up.
  • Amanda Amanda on Jan 10, 2018
    Hi Sandy. Take a old towel and it over the wax. Then get a iron and put that over the towel. Be careful not to damage the wood. The wax will absorb into the towel.
  • Fiddledd224 Fiddledd224 on Jan 10, 2018
    Try using a plastic spatula to get the wax off your furniture and buff the remaining wax off. For your sweater, make 2 pads of paper towels and place a pad on top and under the sweater. Then use a hot iron (no steam) and press down until the wax melts onto both layers of paper towels. Keep doing this until all of the wax is gone. Then dry clean the sweater or hand wash and lay flat to dry.
  • Lisa S. Lisa S. on Jan 10, 2018
    For the table, take an ice freezer pack, one like you put in a cooler. Wrap it in a wash cloth. Hold it on the table for a few minutes. The cold will enable the wax to be picked off in a clump. If any wax remains get Restore-A-Finish from a hardware store. it comes in different colors. Cost about $9.00 a can. Get a color to match your table. Rub it on with a clean cloth, Then rub it off with a 2nd cloth. Use soft cloths like an old T-Shirt. Rub in direction of grain. Do not use heat, as it may discolor your surface.
    For the sweater, place it in the freezer for an hour. Then take it out. Pick off what wax you can off the sweater. Large pieces will come off easily. Then place an old towel on an ironing board. Place the sweater, a single thickness, on the towel. Place a second old towel on top. Place a warm, iron on the towel. Keep moving the top towel and the bottom towel to get "clean" areas. The wax will melt from the sweater onto the towel. This will take some time. Keep going over it. You will then have to clean the sweater as usual.
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