Removing the stains left by colored candles is difficult if not impossible. The heat from the wax sets the stain into the fabric or surface. The wax is easily removed but the stain may be permanent. Take the extra care to put protection under candles and never move a lit candle or one that has just been blown out.
Burn soy or bees wax smokeless candles. The soot from candles is quite difficult to remove. Avoid candles with lead wicks because they are toxic to breathe.
Candlesticks: Place in the freezer for one to two hours. The wax chips right off.
Carpet, fabric or leather sofa and chairs: Freeze the wax first with an ice cube and scrape off what you can with the dull side of a knife. Grab an all white paper towel. Set your hair dryer to the hottest setting and heat the wax wiping up the wax as it melts with the paper towel. Do not use an iron on carpet as it will leave burn marks in the carpet.
Clothing: Freeze the wax with ice. Chip off as much wax as possible. Place clothing on top of a paper bag containing no printing. Then put an all white paper towel on top of the wax. Set the iron to medium and hold a bit above the wax. The iron melts the wax into the paper towel. Use all white paper towels only.
Hard surface including wood furniture: Place a piece of wax paper over the wax. Set your hair dryer to high. The wax from the wax paper melts the wax and lifts it from the surface. If there is a stain remaining, use a remover found at most candle stores or hydrogen peroxide.
Treat the wood immediately with Mary Moppins Wood Care a Cleaner and Conditioner
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