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Old 12-27-2005, 06:52 PM
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Waaaagh! How to get wax out of flannel?

Ok. So I have this nice, new flannel blanket. I had it laid out on the couch and I had a candle burning on the end table the other day, inside a ceramic holder. I noticed at one point the candle had gone out, so I picked it up. What I didn't know was that the wax had all liquefied inside the holder, which would have not been a problem, except that when I picked it up, it sloshed out of a hole in the side of the holder and all over the blanket, which of course I just happened to be holding it over. I tried to pick it out but the wax has left a big hard crusty spot on my nice new blanket. Is there a way to get wax out of flannel, or is it ruined?
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Old 12-27-2005, 07:00 PM
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If it's not a large section of blanket, I'd try soaking the section in a pan of steaming hot water.
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Old 12-27-2005, 07:06 PM
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I spilled wax on my carpet once...my significant other took a sheet of paper, laid it on top of it and then used an iron on top of the paper. The paper soaked up the wax. Worked well.
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Old 12-27-2005, 07:08 PM
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Removing wax is a two step process. The first thing to do is freeze the wax with ice. When it becomes hard and brittle, you can use a dull knife to scrape off most of the wax. Next warm up your iron to a medium high setting. Start with a couple layers of newspaper and iron over the wax, replace the paper as soon as wax starts to absorb into the paper. When you get down to just a few spots of wax in the paper, switch to paper towels. Lay a 3 or 4 layers, press firmly for 5 seconds or so then move to a clean spot with the towels. Keep this up till you get know more wax in the paper towels. This should remove 99% of the wax. Then you should pretreat the wax spot and wash per manufacturers recommendations. Depending on the dyes used in the candle, you may never remove spot completely.
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Old 12-27-2005, 08:13 PM
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*writes everything down*

Lucky for me it was a white candle. The spot is pretty much transparent.

Thanks so much for the tips!
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Old 12-27-2005, 10:38 PM
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Removing wax is a two step process. The first thing to do is freeze the wax with ice. When it becomes hard and brittle, you can use a dull knife to scrape off most of the wax. Next warm up your iron to a medium high setting. Start with a couple layers of newspaper and iron over the wax, replace the paper as soon as wax starts to absorb into the paper. When you get down to just a few spots of wax in the paper, switch to paper towels. Lay a 3 or 4 layers, press firmly for 5 seconds or so then move to a clean spot with the towels. Keep this up till you get know more wax in the paper towels. This should remove 99% of the wax. Then you should pretreat the wax spot and wash per manufacturers recommendations. Depending on the dyes used in the candle, you may never remove spot completely.

I always found a brown paper grocery bag worked best...trust me on this, I used to cocktail in a goth club, having to get wax out of fabrics such as velvet and lace was a frequent problem.
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Old 12-28-2005, 09:27 AM
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Ok. So I have this nice, new flannel blanket. I had it laid out on the couch and I had a candle burning on the end table the other day, inside a ceramic holder. I noticed at one point the candle had gone out, so I picked it up. What I didn't know was that the wax had all liquefied inside the holder, which would have not been a problem, except that when I picked it up, it sloshed out of a hole in the side of the holder and all over the blanket, which of course I just happened to be holding it over. I tried to pick it out but the wax has left a big hard crusty spot on my nice new blanket. Is there a way to get wax out of flannel, or is it ruined?
Commercial dry cleaners used to use stoddard solvent which is a deodorized kerosene or a close cousin.
It will remove the wax and any wax coloring.
Hot removal with irons and brown paper may or may not remove colored wax residue.
Consult a dry cleaner! Don't try a DIY project with flammable solvents.
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Old 12-28-2005, 09:30 AM
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I've done it, and it works, but if you have an old iron, use it. I accidentily got some wax onto the iron through the newspaper, then went to iron a nice white shirt a week later...and trashed it.
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