Asked on Jan 20, 2014

HELP?! Candle Wax on a New Pair of Shoes!

Kari Samuel
by Kari Samuel
I had a candle drip wax down over a table and land in my shoes! Eek! Ok - so they are NEW shoes... walking/tennis shoes... Does anyone know an easy way to remove the wax that is on the outside fabric? I thought just sticking them in the freezer for a day, and peel it off?? Help... please? It is also on 2 t-shirts...
  17 answers
  • Envy Lawn Envy Lawn on Jan 21, 2014
    I think it depends on the wax composition. Usually when wax hardens, it is easy to remove, but you may have an "oil" spot. I have heard (but have not tried just yet) using fingernail polish is good for oil or Sharpee stains in clothing. Hope others chime in with advice!
  • Cheryl Clark Cheryl Clark on Jan 21, 2014
    How about using a hair dryer to melt the wax, then dawn to get the stain out.
  • Diane Woods Diane Woods on Jan 21, 2014
    If you can iron it with a paper bag or absorbant thin cloth in between the shoe and the iron, it may lift some. If an iron wont reach, heat up a spoon on a flame and use it as the iron.
  • Susan Jackson Susan Jackson on Jan 21, 2014
    I would say stick them in the freezer and when the wax is frozen scrape it off like Marie said and then try the suggestion that Diane wrote. Also if you Google Heloise or Help from Heloise you may find your answer there. She has a lot of neat ideas. I hope this info helps...I had a new black top once and I had never wore it, I somehow got a drop of bleach on turned white and it became a cleaning rag. In your case there may be help.
  • JAN W JAN W on Jan 21, 2014
    Stick them in you freezer and the wax should just peel off frozen
  • Kari Samuel Kari Samuel on Jan 21, 2014
    thank you! thoughts on the couple shirts that it is on?? same process?
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    • Texas Home And Garden Texas Home And Garden on Jan 22, 2014
      @Kari Samuel For shirts you can put a paper towel (double up) on the shirt and iron that spot. The heat will melt the wax and the paper towel will absorb it. It usually works pretty well.
  • Carol Carol on Jan 22, 2014
    For shoes...harden wax with ice cubes and pick it off. Try "goo begone" to remove oily stain. If necessary take to leather shop and fet them dyed. For T-shirts...again use ice cubes to harden wax and ouch it off, then iron t-shirt on paper towels to remove rest the wax. Try soaking shirt in water with the color remover sheets that you use to remove color from laundry that ran.
  • Virgi S Virgi S on Jan 22, 2014
    I had a cough drop melt inside a silk evening purse. I put in the freezer and forgot. About a week later I removed from freezer, scrapped with a knife and removed most. Awesome took care of the rest. There are no stains.
  • Lynnelogue Lynnelogue on Jan 22, 2014
    If a stain/mark is left on the T-shirts don't toss them out. Add an applique, beads, etc to cover the spot.
  • Kari Samuel Kari Samuel on Jan 22, 2014
    @Virgi S .... what is Awesome? A cleaning product??
  • Virgi S Virgi S on Jan 25, 2014
    Yes! Get it at a dollar store or Dollar General. Best buck you can spend. It has no bleach and works on tile, plastic, bathrooms, glass stove top, everything! Can eliminate storing so many different kinds of cleaners and so affordable!
  • Capernius Capernius on Jan 26, 2016
    for wax on any cloth, 1 or 2 days in a deep freezer will usually get the wax off but then you have the stain...or oil. if you use an adhesive remover, make sure that it too will not stain the fabric...the good quality ones will not...usually.
    • Kari Samuel Kari Samuel on Jan 26, 2016
      Freezing them did work! Not too worried about the stain, they are black, so hate to see!
  • Cyndi Dimanno-Valentine Cyndi Dimanno-Valentine on Apr 14, 2016
    Yes it is a great multiuse cleaner. U can find it at dollar tree for a dollar
  • Kat5821506 Kat5821506 on Apr 25, 2016
    You could try a sheet of paper and an iron, place paper over wax and iron over top of it. The paper should soak up the wax as it melts
  • Kellie Zourelias-Volk Kellie Zourelias-Volk on Oct 04, 2019

    I'm telling you, this works like magic!! Try this before anything!

    Heat up an iron.

    Get a brown paper bag (other paper might work. Google it).

    Sit the brown paper bag on top of the wax spot.

    Iron over it!

    Like magic, you'll see the wet wax stick to the bag within seconds. You don't need to push down hard or leave it sit long at all!

    It literally takes ALL the wax off! Poof! Gone!!

    I've tried this on carpet, canvas shoes, the rubber on shoes, clothes, etc!

  • Bobby Bobby on Aug 15, 2022

    Wow talk about a 5 year conversation. I just got wax on my shoes too

  • Mogie Mogie on Aug 15, 2022