Dos and don’ts of washing wax out of clothes
Step by step guide to washing wax out of clothes
Let the wax harden: Wait for the wax to cool and harden. You can put the clothing in the freezer for a short time to speed up this process. Hardened wax is easier to remove than melted wax.
Scrape off excess wax: Use a butter knife or the edge of a spoon to gently scrape off as much hardened wax as possible. Be careful not to damage the fabric.
Apply heat to the remaining wax: Place a clean paper towel or a piece of brown paper (such as a paper bag) over the wax stain. Set your iron to a low or medium heat setting, ensuring it doesn’t exceed the recommended temperature for the fabric. Gently press the iron on the paper towel or brown paper, moving it around slightly. The heat will melt the wax, and the paper will absorb it. Repeat this process with clean paper until no more wax transfers onto the paper.
Pre-treat the stain: After most of the wax has been removed, you may still see a residue or colored stain on the fabric. Apply a pre-wash stain remover or a small amount of liquid laundry detergent to the stain, and gently rub it in with your fingers.
Wash the garment: Wash the clothing in the washing machine following the care instructions on the garment’s label. Use the warmest water temperature recommended for the fabric.
After washing, check the garment to make sure the stain has been completely removed. If any residue remains, repeat steps 4 and 5. Do not place the garment in the dryer until the stain is completely gone, as the heat from the dryer may set the stain permanently.
FAQs washing wax out of clothes
Can I use a hairdryer instead of an iron to remove wax from clothes?
While it is possible to use a hairdryer to remove wax from clothes, it may not be as effective as using an iron. The heat from a hairdryer might not be concentrated enough to melt the wax effectively. If you choose to use a hairdryer, use it on a low or medium heat setting and direct the heat at the paper towel or brown paper covering the wax stain. Keep in mind that this method might take longer than using an iron.
What should I do if the wax stain remains after following the steps?
If the wax stain remains after completing the steps, try repeating the pre-treatment and washing steps. Apply more pre-wash stain remover or liquid laundry detergent to the stain, gently rub it in, and wash the garment again following the care instructions. Check the garment after washing, and if necessary, repeat the process until the stain is gone. Do not place the garment in the dryer until the stain is completely removed.
Can I use the same method to remove wax from delicate fabrics?
For delicate fabrics like silk, wool, or lace, it is best to use a gentler approach. First, follow the steps to let the wax harden and scrape off the excess wax. Instead of using an iron, try placing a paper towel or brown paper on both sides of the fabric and gently pressing with your hands to transfer as much wax as possible.
For the remaining stain, apply a gentle stain remover specifically designed for delicate fabrics, and follow the instructions on the product label. If necessary, hand-wash the garment or take it to a professional cleaner for further assistance. Always check the care instructions on the garment’s label before attempting any cleaning methods.