Removing Wax from a Tablecloth or Napkin

Did you have any wax mishaps while burning candles during any of your holiday meals or parties?  I had a big mishap and learned how to fix the problem.

We burned the candles in my salted candle centerpiece night after night.  We woke up one night while napping on our sofas to the sound of the smoke detector.  One of the candles had caught on fire.  Mr. SP rushed over and was able to blow out the fire, but by doing so, hot wax spilled all over the cloth napkin that I had under the arrangement.

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I searched online for a solution and found an easy one.

All you need is a paper bag.  Put a piece of it on your ironing board, put your waxy area on top of it, and then cover it with another piece of paper bag.

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Iron over this, moving the paper as it fills with wax.

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Keep ironing until the wax has been removed.

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I had to iron a while to get rid of the large amount of wax that this napkin held.

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Launder your tablecloth or napkin and you’re good to go!

You can see that this method didn’t completely remove the stain from my napkin, but I had a huge amount of wax, not a drop here and there.  The napkin is still usable and doesn’t look too bad considering what it looked like before.

Back side – After:

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Front Side – After: IMG_2481

Comments

  1. What a great tip! Thank you for stopping by today, yes it was a huge decision. Don’t forget to stop back in for the give away.

  2. Mid-Atlantic Martha says:

    Wow! I bet that was scary! Thanks for passing on that tip.

  3. Leanne~*~Harvest Moon by the Lake says:

    Isn’t it amazing how that works? I tried this tip on some ribbon and like magic the wax was gone. Try some baby powder on the stain that was left…it soaks up the grease.
    Leanne

  4. Amanda @ Serenity Now says:

    Good tip, Miss Paula! I wouldn’t have known what to do. 🙂

  5. Thanks for the tip!

    Love the red!!
    Leann

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