With so many holidays these days and Christmas just around the corner it is a good idea to be prepared for wax stains on the tablecloth. My husband and I love to light candles when we dine together, even if its just an ordinary evening. It just makes it so much more special and cosy. When you have a candle lit dinner, however, by accident, someone knocks the candle down, the melted wax spills and you have a horrible stain on your tablecloth. It probably looks bad, but there is no need to take it to the dry cleaner. You can manage to remove the stain if you follow these simple steps.
Before you begin with the cleaning take the tablecloth and put it in the freezer (yes, you heard me!). This way the wax will harden and it will be much easier for you to remove it. While you are waiting for the wax to harden, you should decide what kind of cleaner you want to use. There are a lot of commercial cleaners which will probably manage to remove the wax. The thing about them is that all commercial cleaners contain harsh chemicals which are not very healthy for you and they might damage the fibres of your tablecloth. Another thing about them is that they also cost quite more, because of those chemicals. A much better idea is to use some natural products, because they are absolutely safe and the products which you need are really cheap.
Another thing which you should do is to gather all the supplies which you will need. This way, once you begin with the cleaning you will not have to go and search for them. You will be needing a spoon, clean brown paper bag, scissors, clean cotton rag, iron and some liquid dish washing detergent.If you, however, decide to use a commercial cleaner, you will need to follow the instructions on the product’s label.
If you like the idea of using a green natural cleaner, you need to make sure that the wax has harden in the freezer before you begin with the cleaning. Upholstery cleaners from Melbourne say that the harder the wax is, the easier it will be for you to remove it.
Once you take the tablecloth out of the freezer, the first thing you need to do is to scrape off as much of the wax as you can. The easiest way to do that, according to cleaners is with a spoon. Make sure you remove as much as you can. Also, remember to use lifting motions, this way you will not harm the fibres.
After that, you will have to cut the paper bag into squares. They should be about two times bigger than the stained area. Now take the cotton rag and put it over your ironing board. After that place the stained area of the tablecloth over the rag. The rag will prevent any wax from getting on your iron board. Next, you will have to put the paper squares exactly over and under the stained area. Then, plug in the iron and set it on a middle setting. It should be hot enough to melt the wax, but it should not burn your tablecloth. When it is ready to use, run it over the paper square and you will notice oil spots appearing on it. Change the paper squares from time to time until no more oil spots appear.
When you are done, you will have removed the oil from the tablecloth, which will make the cleaning quite easy from now on. Now it is time to spot treat the area. Apply some of the detergent over the stain and work it gently in with your fingers. You might also use a stiff brush but be careful not to hurt the fabric. After that rinse the detergent of. Repeat the process several times, until no more of the stain can be removed.
Now, wash your tablecloth in a washing machine in the hottest water appropriate for the fabric. Use the detergent you normally use. When the washing machine has finished, make sure you air dry the tablecloth so that you check if there is any stain left. Upholstery Cleaning services within Melbourne advise never to dry the tablecloth in the dryer, because if there is any wax left, the heat will set it in permanently.
When the tablecloth has dried, check if the stain is still there and if there is some wax left, repeat the process again.