Wax stains are difficult to remove since they become dry, encrusted, and hard. Removing them is, therefore, not always easy but not impossible!
I’ll tell you right away, the most common trick to remove wax stains is the iron! So here are several other tips to dissolve wax quickly.
1. Heat and iron to remove wax
To dissolve a wax stain on any clothing and fabric, here’s what to do:
- Place a sheet of absorbent paper on the wax.
- Gently run the hot iron over the paper towel.
You will see, the absorbent paper will effectively absorb the wax stain that was stuck on the garment.
2. The essence of turpentine to remove wax
If you have just stained varnished wooden furniture with wax, a few products can be used:
- vegetable oil
Here’s how to altogether remove the wax stain from varnished wood:
- Scrape off the excess beeswax with the back of a spoon or other utensils (be careful not to damage the forest).
- Soak the wax stain with the turpentine and leave to act for a few minutes.
You can also use glycerin and vegetable oil to dissolve and remove dried wax from varnished wooden furniture.
3. Boiling water to remove a wax stain
Hot water or better boiling water is beneficial in removing and dissolving wax from fabric. Here is how to succeed with this boiling water trick:
- Scrape to remove as much wax as possible from the garment with a spoon.
- Fill the sink or the bottom of the tub with “boiling” water and soak the garment.
- Leave on for a few minutes to soften and dissolve the wax.
- Remove the remaining wax and finish with a hand wash of the garment.
4. White Spirit against a wax stain
White spirit is a product often used to clean the most stubborn stains! So why not use it to clean a wax stain on a tablecloth, for example?
If you’ve just stained a tablecloth with colored wax, here’s what to do:
- Remove (if possible) excess wax with the back of a spoon.
- Soak a cloth or cotton ball with white spirit and rub the wax stain gently.
- Once the wax is removed, finish with a washing machine wash.
White spirit is an excellent product for dissolving candle wax on fabric.
5. A remedy based on baking soda
There are several grandmother’s remedies, but not all of them are very effective! Here’s one that I’ve tested that works well for a colored wax stain.
- Remove excess wax with a spoon or knife.
- Sprinkle with baking soda to completely cover the wax stain.
- Pour a little white vinegar on the stain and leave to act for 1 minute.
- Rub with a cloth in circular motions.
- Finish cleaning the tablecloth in the machine.
6. Place the stained garment in the freezer.
We now know that “hot” is useful in dissolving wax, but did you know that cold is also helpful in achieving this delicate task?
- Place the item of clothing or tablecloth in a freezer bag and place it in the freezer.
- Leave in the cold for a few hours (until the garment is stiff).
- Remove the wax by folding and crumpling the garment where the wax is located (the wax will come off quickly).
You can also use an ice cube to cool and harden the wax stain on clothing.
7. How do I remove wax from plastic?
Have you noticed a beeswax stain on plastic? Regardless of the plastic surface, the procedure will be the same:
- Scrape to remove as much wax as possible from the plastic floor.
- Mix equal parts of lukewarm water with household alcohol.
- Rub the wax stain with a sponge or cloth dampened in this solution.
8. How do I remove wax from a carpet?
Removing wax from a rug or rug is not easy, but not impossible, especially if you notice it very quickly.
Here are the steps to remove all traces of wax from the carpet:
- Scrape with a knife or spoon to remove as much wax as possible.
- Place blotting paper or absorbent paper over the wax stain.
- Run the hot iron over the blotter to melt and absorb any remaining wax.
You can also cool and harden the wax with ice cubes before scraping it off with a knife.
9. How do I remove depilation wax?
Depilatory wax that has fallen on a piece of furniture, on a tiled floor, on the floor … discover below some practical tips to remove this depilation wax effectively.
Depilatory wax on furniture:
- Place a blotting paper on the wax (or a few layers of kitchen paper).
- Pass the hot iron over the blotter (without the steam).
- Repeat as needed to remove all traces and residue of depilatory wax.
Depilatory wax stain on fabric:
- Dampen a cotton swab with alcohol and rub the wax stain.
- Rub the stain with gentle circular motions so as not to damage the fabric.
- Finish cleaning in the washing machine once all the wax has been removed.
Depilation wax on a tile:
- Apply a little soapy water (or oil) to the dry wax stain and let it act.
- Scrape the depilatory wax with a spatula, the back of a spoon, or with a scraper.
Remove depilation wax in a saucepan:
- Add water to the pot and bring to a boil for a few minutes.
- Repeat until the wax dissolves completely in the pan.
Do not throw the water from the saucepan into the sink as you risk clogging the drain with wax residue.