Bright, happy candles on a birthday cake, beautiful creations by your budding artist and even romantic dinners may seem like innocent things, but dripping wax and melted crayons can quickly ruin these fun occasions and activities. Dealing with wax and crayon stains requires a bit of effort, but these stains can often be removed.
Crayon and Wax Stain Overview
When most of think of wax, we think of candles. While this is one type of wax, stains can also occur from wax cubes used in wax warmers. Crayons are made of wax as well, though they are made of colored wax and shaped into sticks for drawing and coloring.
The most difficult thing about removing crayon and wax stains is the color of the candle, cube or crayon. This color creates a two-part stain. You not only have to get rid of the wax, but you have to remove the stain created by the colored dye as well.
Remove Crayon and Wax Stains: Step by Step
So, how do you get rid of crayon and wax stains? Before you begin, keep in mind that many types of wax, including candle wax, can only be completely removed using special solvents; if the stain is particularly stubborn, seek professional help for removing it.
If you still want to attempt a DIY stain removal, use these steps:
- Choose a detergent and stain remover
- Let the stain completely dry
- Scrape the dried wax or crayon off the garment with a spoon or blunt knife
- Apply the detergent to the crayon or wax stain
- Wash at the highest possible temperature that is safe for the fabric with a bleach-containing universal detergent
- Check after washing to see if the stain is gone
Choose a Detergent and Stain Remover
For colorfast fabrics, use Sil Special Stain Spray or Sil 1-for-All Stain Salt for your detergent and stain remover.
Wait until the wax or crayon has completely dried. You can speed this process up by rubbing an ice cube on the stain. Once it has dried, scrape all of the wax off of the clothing.
Spray the stain with Sil Special Stain Spray. This will not only help get rid of the dyed color that has stained the clothing, but is essential for candle grease stain removal as well.
Wash and Rinse
Wash an appropriate detergent like Persil Universal Megaperls® for whites and Persil Color Megaperls® for colored clothing. Keep in mind that this is only an appropriate detergent for white or colorfast clothing. You can also add Sil 1-for-All Stain Salt to the wash for an additional stain-fighting boost.
To get rid of the stain completely, check the garment label and see what wash temperature can be used for the clothing. The highest temperature possible, that is also safe for the fabric, should be used (typically between 50- and 60-degrees Celsius.)
Check the Stain
If the stain doesn’t come out completely after the first wash, repeat these steps. If no removal is possible, take the garment to a professional dry cleaner. Do not put the clothing in the dryer. This will set the stain.
How to Get Crayon and Wax Stains out of Special Laundry Types and Fabrics
Removing crayon stains from clothes is sometimes hard, but other types of fabrics, like those that cannot be washed in the washing machine, like tablecloths and upholstery, can pose an even bigger problem. Luckily, there are some steps you can take.
Like with the clothing, let the stain dry and remove as much of the wax or crayon as possible with a spoon. Then, apply your detergent and let sit for just a few minutes. Rinse with hot water and blot dry with a paper towel. Repeat these steps until the stain is gone.
Removing Red Crayon and Wax Stains From Fabrics
Red, as well as other dye colors often found in wax and crayons, can be difficult to get out of clothing, especially if the clothing is white. Use Persil Universal Megaperls® in the wash to help get rid of this color stain.
Removing Dried Crayon and Wax Stains
If the clothing went through the dryer with wax on it or you happened to miss that green crayon in your child’s pocket before the dry cycle, you’ll want to start by scraping off as much of the dried wax or crayon as possible. Then, get out your iron. Put a few paper towels or paper bags on top of the stain and press into the stain with the warm iron. This should melt the wax and encourage it to attach to the paper towel instead of your clothing’s fibers.
Once you’re satisfied the wax is gone, use the steps above to get rid of any residue or color stain left on your clothing.
Accidentally drip wax on your clothes or send a crayon through the dryer? Use this tips and remove these stains fast.