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Can you Remove Candle Wax from Spandex Tablecovers without Staining?

Candle wax is something that party rental companies that rent out event tablecloths have to deal with on an ongoing basis. Candles and tea/votive lights are an event staple that adds great ambiance to the event – but can be a huge pain to remove – and can potentially stain. We had a customer let us know our spandex cocktail tablecovers had been stained by candle wax so I thought I would test to see whether I could remove the candle wax from spandex tablecovers without staining. Here are the steps I took below:

Before Picture of Candle Wax on Spandex Cocktail Tablecover

Candle Wax on Spandex Tablecover

Here are the items you will need to remove the candle wax:

  • A–Paper Towel
  • B–Cardboard
  • C–Iron with multiple temperature settings
  • D–WD-40
  • E–Baking Soda
  • F–Dawn
  • G–Toothbrush

Tools to get wax out of Spandex Part 1Tools for Removing Wax from Spandex Part 2

Place the cardboard and a piece of paper towel under the stain between the table and the fabric

Cardboard and Paper Towel under Spandex Table Cover

Place a piece of paper towel on top of the fabric

Paper Towel on Top of Candle Wax

Heat iron on low-medium setting and then press the iron on top of the paper towel. The wax will reheat and melt into the paper towel.

Iron on Top of Paper Towel to get Wax Off

Here’s what it will look like after the wax has been melted into the paper towel – like you have an oil stain now.

Wax Removed from Spandex Table CoverPaper Towels with Wax on Them

Squirt WD-40 onto the oil stain. If it is a small amount of candle wax, you may prefer to put a little WD-40 into a bowl and use a q-tip to put WD-40 onto the stain.

WD40 on the Stain

Sprinkle a liberal amount of baking soda onto the WD-40.

Baking Soda Poured on the Stain

Use the toothbrush to brush the baking soda into the stain. You will notice it clumping as it pulls up the WD-40 into the baking soda. Once it has clumped, discard the used baking soda.

Clumping Baking Soda from Oil Stain

Keep sprinkling on baking soda and brushing it until there are no more clumps.

No More Clumps from Oil and Baking Soda

Put Dawn on the baking soda and use the toothbrush to rub it in. Then let it sit for a bit to pre-treat.

Dawn on Baking Soda and StainRub in Dawn and Baking Soda

Throw the spandex tablecover with baking soda and dawn into the washing machine with lukewarm water and regular liquid detergent. Tumble dry on low.

Voila! Good as new!

Spandex Tablecover Clean of Oil Stain

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