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The Best Way to Remove Candle Wax from a Garment

By Jeff "The Stain Wizard" Schwarz

Dear Stain Wizard,

What is the best way to remove candle wax from a garment?

Wax on table clothes from party rental companies is a common problem. The cotton acts like a sponge and wants to hold onto the stain. Wax on a thick cotton sweatshirt is the same.

This is a lot of wax to deal with in this example. The key is to emulsify the wax to turn it back into a liquid. You will need hot water to accomplish this.

To remove wax:

1 gallon of 130-140 degree water (while soaking, use a lid to help hold the water temperature)

6 oz. of A.L.Wilson InkGo.

Soak overnight.

Let dry, then dryclean as usual, to remove any last traces.

As the garment soaks, you will see the wax float to the top.

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