Nothing like candles to decorate a dinner: they create a cozy and romantic atmosphere. But it often happens that your tablecloth, without you noticing, has wax stains on it. Here we are going to show you how to clean them.
You will need:
- Small knife with a saw
- Iron (if your tablecloth is made of white linen or cotton, use boiling water)
- Absorbent paper or brown paper bags
Steps to remove wax stains:
Scrape the wax stain with the knife to remove excess material. Choose a knife that is not very sharp so as not to damage the tablecloth.
If the wax is still soft, cover it with paper and put ice on it for a few minutes until it sets. You can also put the tablecloth in the freezer for a few minutes.
Preheat the iron on the lowest setting without steam.
Place a piece of absorbent paper under the stain and another over it so that the stained part of the tablecloth is between the papers.
Gently run the iron over the wax-stained area covered by the paper. The wax gradually melts and the paper absorbs it. If you find that the paper has a dark stain (this is due to absorbed wax), replace it with a new paper. Repeat this process with new papers until you have absorbed as much wax as possible.
You can also use a brown paper bag instead of absorbent paper. In this case, avoid using letters with letters or colored drawings. If so, make sure the part is not under or over the area you plan to iron, as you could stain your tablecloth with a stain that is difficult to remove. Move the bag as it is stained with wax.
If your tablecloth is made of linen or white cottonUse boiling water instead of the iron to avoid injury. Pour the boiling water through the stain and replace the papers as instructed above.
If the stain hasn’t been completely removed, follow these steps (if your tablecloth is made of silk, do not follow the steps below):
Make a mixture with one part alcohol and two parts water.
Gently rub the mixture over the stain with a sponge, then pat dry. Repeat this as many times as necessary. (if your tablecloth is made of silk, don’t follow this step)
Rinse with water with the sponge. Make sure there is no more alcohol.
If the stain persists, apply a stain remover such as Vanish or Ariel to the tablecloth.
- If you use alcohol or a stain remover, remember to test it on a small, inconspicuous piece of fabric first to make sure it doesn’t discolor or damage it.
- To prevent the drops from falling on your tablecloth, you can place your candles on small glass plates with a water base. The water prevents them from sticking to the glass.
- If you don’t have an iron, you can use a hairdryer.
- Delicate fabrics like silk require special care as they can be easily damaged by heat. When the tablecloth is very valuable or irreplaceable, It is preferable that you seek out a professional to remove the stain.
- Buy good quality candles to avoid these stains. Oil candles tend to drip more.