How to Remove Candle Wax From Wool

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Wool is a water- and flame-resistant fabric.
Wool is a water- and flame-resistant fabric. (Image: wool sock image by Alex Motrenko from Fotolia.com)

Wool is a unique fiber, used for many years before synthetic fabrics to keep people warm and dry. Wool has a natural crimp that creates tiny air pockets that hold heat. It also wicks moisture away from the body, keeping you cooler and drier. Wool is naturally flame-retardant and does not melt or drip. Always care for wool according to the label, whether it is a rug, garment or other item.

Things You'll Need

  • Hair dryer
  • Iron
  • Spoon
  • Paper towel

Fill the reservoir of your iron with water and turn it on to its lowest setting. Place a paper towel or rag you don't mind getting waxy on top of the wax spot. Lightly iron the spot, placing pressure and then pulling it up repeatedly. As the wax warms, the towel should absorb the liquefying wax.

Turn on your hair dryer and hold it about 4 inches above the wax. Blot the wax with a paper towel as it warms.

Gently scrape hardened wax off the wool with a spoon. The flakes that come off can be vacuumed up easily. Any remaining wax can be softened and blotted up using one of the above methods.

Use a rug cleaner or the manufacturer's recommended cleaning agent to clean the spot of any remaining residue after the wax has been removed. If you are uncertain about the cleaning agent, try a mixture of one part vinegar to three parts water. The vinegar will not harm the fibers of the wool.

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